Public Schools (M-DCPS) Department of Early Childhood Programs, “where learning
begins,” has launched its Ready, Set, Enroll! Campaign with a variety of
early childhood education and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs for the
2024-2025 school year.
Florida’s VPK Education
Program, VPK: This is a free program that prepares children for kindergarten
and beyond that is available in more than 200 schools countywide. Children must
be 4 years old on or before September 1st of any year, to enroll. A list of the
participating schools is available at earlychildhood.dadeschools.net.
M-DCPS’ VPK Program
uses a lottery to select students. After submitting proof of birth and address
to their home/neighborhood school before the February 23, 2024, deadline,
families will be entered into the VPK lottery. The lottery will be held on
Friday, February 23, 2024. Children, whose names are drawn from the lottery,
will be selected to attend the program.
Seats may be available
at some schools, after the lottery date. Parents, whose children were not
selected at their home school, will receive information regarding an online
off-cycle lottery opportunity to secure a seat for their child. For assistance,
parents should contact the Department of Early Childhood Programs at
305-995-7632. A required 2024 VPK Program Certificate of Eligibility may be
obtained online at the Department of Early Learning Coalition website: www.vpkhelp.org.
Head Start/Early Head
Start Programs: Provided in partnership with Miami-Dade County Community Action
and Human Services, the M-DCPS Head Start program is a federally funded,
comprehensive, child-development program serving children from birth to age 5
from income-eligible families. Children with disabilities are included in the
programs and receive a full range of developmental services.
enrollment for both programs are accepted year-round. For more information,
registration requirements, online applications and a full listing of program
sites visit headstart.dadeschools.net or www.miamidade.gov/headstart.
Pre-K ESE Role Models
Program: General education role model students are needed for a limited number
of slots in Pre-K Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs across the
district. This program offers a free, full-day, or half-day opportunity for qualifying
students. Students are eligible beginning on their third birthday and must have
age-appropriate language and social skills because they will serve as models
for children with disabilities.
This Pre-K ESE
curriculum is robust and offers students an opportunity to learn pre-reading,
math, science, and social studies, as well as develop their social skills in a
school setting, Parents should inquire at their home/neighborhood school or
call the Pre-K ESE office at 305-271-5701 to identify programs near their
homes. Role models in the Reverse Mainstream program are invited to attend
school for a few days in the spring so that teachers may determine their
readiness for this program. For more information, please visit earlychildhood.dadeschools.net or call 305-995-7632.
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