Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) – a free program that prepares four-year-old children for kindergarten and beyond – will be available in more than 200 schools countywide for the 2021-2022 school year. Children can register for VPK programs if they turn 4 years old on or before September 1st of the current school year.
This year, M-DCPS has expanded VPK program offerings by adding numerous new classrooms across the District to increase the number of high-quality early learning options available for 4-year old children in the community. Additionally, pre-kindergarten programs at M-DCPS will be included in the current STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) School Designation Process. This will promote STEAM integration programs for young learners and ensure they are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow through high-quality teaching and learning experiences that promote higher-order thinking.
M-DCPS provides several comprehensive, developmentally appropriate educational programs for young children. Each program’s mission focuses on enhancing the child's self-concept while providing a solid foundation for school interactions. It is believed that when these elements occur consistently and conscientiously, children will develop a life-long love for learning and achievement. All programs have been designed to meet the needs of the total child so that his/her maximum potential is reached.
For more information about our programs, parents should contact their home/neighborhood school, call the Early Childhood Department at 305-995-7632, or visit https://earlychildhood.dadeschools.net.
A list of required school registration documents for the 2021-2002 school year may be accessed at http://attendanceservices.dadeschools.net/.
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