Two leading forces in early childhood education, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children, and KidVision VPK, will deliver unparalleled support to Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) educators in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By offering the most innovative tools to VPK teachers, and adhering to Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Standards, KidVision VPK continues to develop and enhance the learning and skills of our 4-year-olds.
Through community outreach efforts on behalf of both organizations, this new partnership assures this information will reach as many of the 948 VPK providers and parents as possible. Together they will share the integrated benefits of KidVision VPK professional development and training tools, and create a lasting impact on all our VPK classrooms.
Developed by WPBT2, KidVision VPK, is a free, online resource available at www.kidvisionvpk.org
for Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten teachers. “We provide premium solutions to give educators a better understanding of what they need to be teaching in accordance with the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Standards,” says Penny Bernath, KidVision VPK’s educational producer, “and then we give them the tools with which to do so.” With the KidVision VPK methodology, four-year-olds learn in practical and meaningful ways.
This free e-learning environment provides virtual field trips that take students and teachers to a railroad museum, fire station, and recycling center among other locations. Each module is a unique adventure where children watch, learn, play and integrate the VPK Standards in their daily lives resulting in an increase on students’ achievement in the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS). “KidVision VPK’s free online resources are highly accessible, making it easier for teachers to commit more time and energy to their professional development. By giving our VPK teachers tools to enhance their teaching skills, we in turn prepare our four-year-olds for a lifetime of learning and success,” says Evelio C. Torres, President and CEO of The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe.
Funding for KidVision VPK was made possible by the Children Services Council of Broward, Community Foundation of Broward, A.D. Henderson Foundation, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, Bank Atlantic Foundation, Lady Suzanna P. Tweed and Carleton Tweed Charitable Foundation, Jason Taylor Foundation, The Childrens’ Trust and Marlins Community Foundation.