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KidVision promotes school readiness for teachers and students

KidVision promotes school readiness for teachers and students

From Society Scene

A marketing publication of the Sun-Sentinel Company

July 22, 2009

WPBT2, South Florida's public television station, never fails to bring a sense of excitement and achievement around its projects. This time it is with KidVision VPK in a joint effort with The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides resources, advocacy, leadership, coordination and oversight for early care and education from birth to school-age and to support to access to school-age care to ensure children's success in school. Within the first three months of their partnership they celebrate the rewards of their efforts.

"People are excited and involved in KidVisionVPK.org" said Lucy Caso, KidVision VPK promotions producer. "In the past 3 months we have almost tripled the number of registered users."

"We are taking an active role in promoting the value of an appropriate VPK Standards Education as the foundation for our children's school readiness", said Penny Bernath, KidVision VPK education producer, "KidVision VPK is for teachers and parents. My goal is to help adults know and teach what children need to know to start school ready to succeed."

KidVision VPK promotes school readiness by providing a free online training for early childhood educators about Florida's Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards. Florida's VPK educators are required to complete 10 hours of in-service training annually and 4.5 CEUs every 3 to 5 years. KidvisionVPK.org serves the community as a certified training; teachers earn one in-service hour / .1 CEU for each learning unit they complete.

"KidVision VPK is a tremendous asset to our VPK teachers in the classroom each day", said Penny Westberry, executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc.. "The program offers free instructional information that is valuable for the teachers, as well as for families with children in the VPK program. The Coalition is excited to partner with KidVision VPK for the unique community benefit."

KidVision VPK is the perfect summer activity to prepare children for kindergarten. Early childhood educators, parents and teachers, can use the free online resource to learn and teach the VPK Standards in any setting, school, home, or hospital-bound at any time. KidVision VPK.org makes learning fun. The virtual pre-kindergarten (VPK) goes on interesting and age appropriate field trips around the community and then the online program provides hands-on VPK Standards activity plans that encourage and involve all levels of pre-kindergarten educators, parents, teachers, and caregivers, and their four year-old children in VPK Standards learning. In www.kidvisionvpk.org, children will watch, learn, play and integrate the Florida Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) Education Standards.

Funding for KidVision VPK was made possible by the Children Services Council of Broward County, Community Foundation of Broward, A.D. Henderson Foundation, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation, The Lady Suzanna P. Tweed and Carleton Tweed Charitable Foundation, Jason Taylor Foundation, The Childrens' Trust and Marlins Community Foundation.

Since 2000, the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. (ELC) has been dedicated to the implementation of an integrated, high-quality, seamless early care and education service delivery system for children. The ELC is accountable for assessing the early care and educational resources available in Broward County as well as developing local plans to address identified needs. Presently, ELC has a budget of more than $90 million, which is comprised of federal, state, local, and private funding. While funding does not cover all of the identified unmet needs, the Coalition strives to use all of its resources in the most effective and efficient manner possible, and continues to look for innovative, additional funding sources for these unmet needs.

For more information, visit the website at www.elcbroward.org or call 954-377-2188. •

Comments

Pensacola VPK

"My goal is to help adults know and teach what children need to know to start school ready to succeed." - this is exactly what we need! As a Pensacola Pre School teacher I see a lot of kids who start bad habits just before they get into VPK. Great write up by the way!

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