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If your child is 4 years old or will be turning 4 by Sep. 1, it's time to enroll him or her in FREE VPK! Our Voluntary Pre-K Program has been developed to prepare your child for kindergarten, making sure that each child develops all of the skills needed for a successful academic career.
For the 2020-2021 program year, children living in Florida must have been born between September 2, 2015 and September 1, 2016.
We Have a few spots left!
We are introducing uniforms to Shining Bright Preschool this year. Thought not mandatory, we do encourage parents to join us! Especially our students 3 years old and up. Why uniforms? Number 1, it's simple! It gives parents and students a routine, so that time is not spent thinking about clothes every day. Number 2, it can save a lot of time and money! and Number 3, it helps children feel unified and helps them focus on who they are as opposed to what they are wearing.
The uniform consist of white or dark-blue collared shirts, dark blue uniform bottoms, and dark-colored and closed-toe shoes.
We are excited to announce the opening of our first ever Kindergarten Class! Students will be furthering their education and knowledge in a fun, hands-on and innovative program that focuses on STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Cultural studies, and the principles of God.
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ABUF Partners with a Local Nemours Early Care and Education Center - Atlantic Beach Urban Farms
Source: Atlantic Beach Urban Farms
This is what it’s all about! Grow here. Give Back. ABUF was thrilled to install a vertical aeroponic tower at Arlington Christian Academy, a school for pre-school aged children. The school participates in the early care and education learning collaborative implemented by Nemours and partners. They are so excited to use this technology to help teach their kids and families about healthy eating and new ways to grow in their own backyard!
Transition to Kindergarten Tool Kit
Introduction to the Transitioning to Kindergarten Toolkit
By Editors, NCLD Staff
Too often, preparation for kindergarten does not begin until a month or two just before kindergarten begins. However, transition to kindergarten is a process that is most successful when it is carefully planned out over the entire pre-kindergarten year. Whether a child is in preschool, child care, or spending time with parents or caregivers at home, there are many ways to make the transition to kindergarten successful for children and for their families.
The year before kindergarten is also the time for parents and teachers to think about a child’s strengths, talents, weaknesses, and personality as well as how that information will be passed on to the child’s new school. Social skills such as feeling comfortable in a group, asking for help when it’s needed and knowing personal information (such as name, age, gender) are important skills for young children to develop as they get ready for school.
This toolkit includes tools and materials that will help you implement strategies to facilitate this process and enhance a child’s transition to kindergarten. Whether you are a school administrator, early childhood professional, child care provider or kindergarten teacher, you will find practical and easy-to-use tools, materials to pass along to parents, and resources and guides to steer you through the process. You can use everything in this toolkit, or just pick a few pieces that will be most helpful for your particular situation.
Recognizing a child’s strengths and early signs of difficulties with learning, responding with appropriate activities and learning experiences, and passing that information on to the child’s parents and future teachers are all necessary steps for a child’s success in school.
Early Learning and the Use of Technology
A new resource on Early Learning and Use of Technology was released by the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services in October. This brief provides four guiding principles and suggestions for providers and families on how to use technology with young children:
Technology—when used appropriately—can be a tool for learning.
Technology should be used to increase access to learning opportunities for all children.
Technology may be used to strengthen relationships among parents, families, early educators, and young children.
Technology is more effective for learning when adults and peers interact or co-view with young children.
The guiding principles include details about:
appropriate use of technology in early care settings,
active and passive use of technology,
developmentally appropriate use of technology for children ages 0-2,
the digital use divide,
use of technology by children with disabilities,
and dual language learners.
There are also several recommended training resources available to early child care providers, including:
» Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs
» Uses of Technology to Support Early Childhood Practice
» Common Sense Media for Educators
» Fred Rogers Center
» Joan Ganz Cooney Center
» Zero to Three
Training and support of early care providers is necessary to the successful use of technology in the classroom.