Free Summer Pre-K Program with Bay District Schools

A free Voluntary Pre K Program is offered by Bay District Schools during the summer for eligible students.

To be eligible, your child must not have attended a Voluntary Pre-K program during the school year and must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2009. The VPK program is not required but is offered as a free service by the State of Florida.

The 300-hour summer program will be offered at Tommy Smith Elementary School. It will be held from June 8, 2009 to August 7, 2009, and will operate Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. 4:00 pm. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Transportation will not be provided. Children will be taught using developmentally appropriate practices with VPK Standards in an effort to prepare children for a successful, smooth entry into kindergarten.

Registration for the summer program is now underway at Tommy Smith Elementary. Parents will need the following five items: child’s proof of birth, child’s social security number, Florida Immunization Certificate, school physical and a Certificate of Eligibility.

The Florida Immunization Certificate and school physical may be obtained from the Health Department or your family physician. The Certificate of Eligibility is obtained from Early Education and Care, Inc. located at 450 Jenks Avenue. The immunization certificate is due before the first day of attendance. The school physical is due within the first 30 days of the summer program.

For more information call the Bay District Schools’ Pre K Office at 872 4201.

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