"When educating the minds of our children, we must not forget to educate their hearts".
3 Year Old Class
Three-year olds begin a rapid period of development. Their language skills are continuing to grow. Our program will assist your child to communicate more effectively with others and to express their emotions in proper ways. Socially, three year olds thrive on interactive play. Our staff will teach ways to cooperate with their playmates, give them a sense of belonging and empathy towards others.Problem solving and following directions are growing skills at this stage. Our curriculum will provide them with the tools to grow in these areas. Creativity using the arts is nurtured with an emphasis on the process, not the final product, as your child grows in self-confidence and self esteem. Your child’s learning centers will include dramatic play, puzzles, blocks, music, reading, science, language, letter and number recognition, gross and fine motor skill development, and many more creative art projects.
4/5 Year Old School Readiness
Our Pre-Kindergarten program provides the opportunity to grow in the skills your child will need before continuing on to elementary school. We take special care to identify and reinforce the needs of each and every child to ensure they are prepared for the future.The Pre-K program is designed to boost academics as well as social and emotional needs. Language and listening, science, reading and writing, math, art, dramatic play, blocks, sand and water, and movement are some of the learning centers the children will explore.
VPK and Wrap around
Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is a State of Florida legislatively mandated program designed to prepare every four-year-old for kindergarten and build the foundation for their continued educational success. The VPK program gives each child an opportunity to perform better in school with quality instruction that includes high literacy standards, accountability, substantial instruction periods, manageable class sizes, and qualified instructors.All eligible four-year-olds are entitled to participate in the VPK program, which consists of 540 instructional hours. The VPK program is FREE for eligible children, regardless of family income.Gulf Coast Christian Academy has been approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families as a VPK Provider. For parents who need additional care other than the three hours provided by the VPK program, Gulf Coast Christian Academy also offers extended day services (we call this VPK wrap around). Your eligible four year old can receive the VPK instructional hours and also be able to attend our school anytime during our opening hours of 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.