It’s Back to School Time!
A new school year is right around the corner. For parents, caregivers, and the children headed to school, the beginning of a new school year brings a whirlwind of information overload – new faces, new places and new routines. If you are looking for a VPK provider or a preschool that can provide daily instruction as well as full-time childcare while you work, here are a few reasons to consider the Ministry Village Early Learning Center, located behind Olive Baptist Church.
Licensed by both the Department of Children and Families and the Association of Christian Schools International, and an approved provider for Florida’s free Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) through the Escambia County Early Learning Coalition, the Ministry Village ELC provides Christ-centered, high quality, early learning childcare programs for children from 3 months of age to pre-kindergarten. It is the ELC’s goal to nurture each child and help them develop as a whole person – emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. They do this by cultivating a healthy relationship between each child and his teacher, as the teachers work closely with parents and families to provide the comfort and stability needed to reassure a child that he is safe and loved. Parents can see pictures in their child’s private Facebook group class page to follow the precious moments of smiles, naps and early steps. Teachers actively engage with their children, providing stimulating, interesting and educational activities to encourage development of fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
As a Christian preschool, the Ministry Village ELC places an essential emphasis on a love for teaching the Bible and instilling Godly principles of character into the children. Starting at an early age, children can learn to be kind to one another, not just because it’s a rule, but because Jesus loves us and wants us to love others. The teachers weave Bible lessons into their interactions with the kids throughout the day, teaching them to pray for others, ask for God’s blessing over their food at meals and snack times, and find ways to share and be helpful around the classroom.
The Ministry Village ELC is an approved provider for the free Florida VPK program. To be eligible for free Florida VPK, a child must live in the state of Florida while attending VPK and be 4 years of age on September 1 of the school year. (So for the upcoming 2021-2022 VPK year, a child must be 4 by September 1, 2021.) To register for VPK, parents contact the Early Learning Coalition in the county where their preferred VPK Provider is located. In Escambia County, parents apply through the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County and can apply online at https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/. Once the VPK Application has been approved by the Early Learning Coalition, parents will receive an email and the child’s printable VPK Eligibility Certificate. That certificate can be taken to the VPK Program Provider of choice.
The Ministry Village ELC utilizes the Creative Curriculum®, and each of our learning objectives aligns with Florida’s early learning educational standards for early childcare and education. VPK kids actively participate in early education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, as well as daily Bible stories, art, structured and free-play time. The weekly lesson plans are purposefully and intentionally planned to meet the needs of each child and families are provided with extension activities and ideas to use at home to support the learning and concepts their child engages in at the ELC.
If a family needs childcare beyond the regular VPK school day, a child can enroll in Wrap-Around VPK Care which provides care from the end of the VPK instruction time until 6 PM.
Ministry Village ELC parents are thrilled with the care their children receive each day. Jessica, a Ministry Village ELC parent, said, “I am a new mom and was frantic when trying to find an opening for a daycare nearby. The teachers are so compassionate and understanding. I know they take such great care of the kiddos. Each morning when we get our son ready, he gets anxious to get going. He knows where he’s going and smiles the moment we pull up. They help with milestones and it has been very evident in my son’s progress. It really does take a village. Prospective families should know that they’re putting their children in great hands should they enroll at the ELC.”
While the COVID pandemic introduced a variety of challenges, the ELC was blessed with teachers and families who worked together to figure out the best path forward. Daily temperature checks, hand sanitizing, hand washing stations, and close monitoring for symptoms were some of the key steps taken to ensure that the ELC could remain open and serving our community throughout the year. We are thankful for each of our families and staff members for the love and care shown to one another as we learn together, and we are looking forward to a successful, fantastic new school year!
- The 2021-2022 Ministry Village Early Learning Center VPK School Year will begin on August 11, 2021 and continue through May 27, 2022.
- For more information on the Ministry Village Early Learning Center, visit our website at MinistryVillageELC.org.
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Ministry Village Early Learning Center
1724 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514