Finding the Perfect VPK Program - A Sunny Start Preschool

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A Sunny Start Preschool is unique among preschools in our area. Here are some of the things that set us apart:

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  • Hands on Approach to Learning
  • Ongoing Assessment for all Students
  • Advanced Curriculum, Our School Readiness Rate is 100!
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Finding the Perfect VPK Program

If your child turns 4 before September 1, 2017, you have probably heard about the best educational opportunity available in the State of Florida: Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (better known as VPK).

There are thousands of VPK providers in the state (and over 1,000 in Miami-Dade County alone!) With so many options, how can you know which program is right for your child? There are a few important features that you should look for when selecting a VPK provider. Consider this a checklist that you can take on school tours!

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1) Teacher Qualifications

VPK Instructors are required to be more qualified than your average preschool teacher. What you want to look for are teachers who have gone above and beyond the minimum requirements. Does the teacher have any formal education or certifications? How long have they been teaching at the same school? Most importantly, how much experience do they have?

There is no replacement for quality instructors (after all, they are the ones instructing your child!) Make sure you know the educational and professional background of your child’s future teacher before making your decision.

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Teachers are the heartbeat of every great VPK program!

2) Curriculum

The purpose of the VPK program is to ensure that children are prepared to enter Kindergarten. The truth is that the educational standards for Kindergarten are constantly evolving, and the bar is set higher each year. The bare minimum preschool standards that VPK programs are required to follow have not kept up with the Kindergarten standards, leaving a big gap for graduates of programs who are just doing what is required by law.

Find yourself a program that will push your child academically. Learning happens when the mind is challenged, so you shouldn’t be afraid of academics. Look for programs that respect your child’s budding intelligence and provide developmentally appropriate practices for their students. Make your investment in VPK an investment in watching your child thrive.

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A great VPK program has high academic standards!

3) Atmosphere

At four years old, your child may feel ready to conquer the world, but in reality, they are still preschoolers. They still need love, nurturing, and support in order to develop the social and emotional skills they need to succeed in life.

You will know the moment you walk into a preschool if the atmosphere is right for your child. Are the teachers warm and affectionate? Do they speak to the children at their level? Do the students seem happy and excited to be in school?

The most important factor in your child’s academic success is their motivation to come to school each day. Finding a program that makes your child feel loved, competent, and stimulated is not always easy, but you will know it when you have found the perfect program.

Check back with us next week when we will highlight the TOP VPK provider in Miami-Dade County! You don’t want to miss it!

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Parent Testimonials

  • My daughter graduated from the school this year and started Kindergarten. Going into her fourth week of her big transition, her teachers informed me that she had an outstanding base from her preschool and is reading first grade level! A Sunny Start Preschool prepared my little girl in a spectacular way! The staff is very professional and family oriented not to mention superb state of the art facility. Needless to say I highly recommend the school!

    - Rocky, Dad of Natalia
  • I love love love this preschool/daycare! Very caring and loving staff and my oldest son loves going every day! I am so excited my twins also started a few months ago, they are so happy here as well. The teachers here are amazing! They genuinely care about the students and the woman in charge of curriculum for the school is always looking for new and great ways to teach the kids. I have 3 children at this school and could not be happier.

    – Samantha T. – Mom of Mason, Logan, and Olivia
  • My grandchildren have all attended A Sunny Start Preschool and this was the only preschool they attended. Three of the four are already in Elementary School and thanks to the foundation that they developed in this school, they are students with high grades. Thank you very much to all the teachers who are always attentive and patient with children. The quality of academics that children receive at this school is evident in their success.

    - Liliana, grandmother of Xavier, Jocey, Zander, and Amanda
  • I would recommend this school to any parent searching for a preschool with an excellent curriculum. My daughter is 7 years old and attended this preschool. After graduating from Pre K she tested advanced at her current Charter elementary school. Her teachers were impressed at her knowledge and how advanced her reading was. This school helped her read and went over all the subjects she needed to prepare her for Elementary. She recently tested for gifted this year by MDCPS. This was all due to the foundation she received here. The teachers are amazing and caring. Two of my friends that had their children here also tested for gifted. I am so happy with the school, the curriculum, the teachers, and the staff and now my son currently attends A Sunny Start Preschool. I would not go anywhere else.

    - Barbie, mom of Enzo and Sophia
  • I'm happy to have found this place. The attention is the best. The teachers are the best. My children learn something new every day. I wholeheartedly say to you that every child that goes through this program comes out a winner!

    – Gladys M, Mom of Denisse and Daniela
  • I recommended A Sunny Start Preschool to all whom have children from birth to 6 & more if they would take older.  I am a proud mother of very bright and advanced children thanks to the tutelage of Teacher Carmen, Milly, Angela, & Sofia. As you can see I have had an experience with every level of teacher in the school. I have a Kindergarten boy which I am proud to say is in K- 1 in his school. For those who do not know what K-1, this is where Kindergarten students are also being taught with 1st graders. My four year old is still at A Sunny Start Preschool and she is extremely bright. The curriculum in her class is incredibly advanced and even though I hate homework she is always excited and eager to do it. She can identify words and knows her numbers this also has to do with the fact she loves her school. All this and she has not yet started VPK because of her birthday, but she will be starting come this school year. Thank you Jennifer, Carmen, Milly, Angela, Sofia & Tatiana you guys are the best.

    – Gaby, mom of Zander and Amanda
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