Creative Coast Preschool has offered the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program for youngsters on Pine Island for about six years. The students had a wonderful year of learning and they are ready to start their educational careers as kindergarten students. Every year Creative Coast Preschool has improved its VPK program, which benefits the children who participate.
Among the graduates this year were Michael Ajin, Angel Diaz, Denise Beltran, Samantha Sabella, Kathrine Castaneda, Serrenity Trejo, Alma Valdez, Joshua Hyde, Ty Young, Adrian Hernandez, Emerson and Reegan Renz, Julian J. Ramirez, Kadence Grindron, Abigail Anderson, Elizabeth Fowler, Cristopher Garcia, Alejandro Guardarrama, Denise Beltran, Juan Jose Mendoza and Michael Flores.
The VPK enrollment at Creative Coast Preschool has grown since the program first started from just 13 students to about 25. Many of the students will start kindergarten reading, writing sentences, counting to 100, knowing their sight words, sequencing, patters, following direction, having positive interactions with class peers and teachers, following a schedule, reciting the alphabet, adding and subtracting, along with having knowledge of 1st grade educational skills.
Among the graduates this year were Michael Ajin, Angel Diaz, Denise Beltran, Samantha Sabella, Kathrine Castaneda, Serrenity Trejo, Alma Valdez, Joshua Hyde, Ty Young, Adrian Hernandez, Emerson and Reegan Renz, Julian J. Ramirez, Kadence Grindrod, Abigail Anderson, Elizabeth Fowler, Cristopher Garcia, Alejandro Guardarrama, Denise Beltran, Juan Jose Mendoza and Michael Flores.
Every student has improved over the past year with scoring a perfect 100 percent sores on their Prekindergarten Assessment test. These scores are submitted to the Department of Education and the Early Learning Coalition.
Tin Riehm opened Creative Coast Preschool about 6 years ago as the first licensed childcare facility that offered the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program on the island. The program is free for all youngsters who turn 4 or 5 year old by Sept. 1, and is based on he child's age not family income. The program is designed to prepare every 4-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build a foundation for their educational success.
Parents who did not have their child attend the 2012-13 Fall VPK program, with their child set to start kindergarten Aug. 8, still have the opportunity to enroll their child(ren) in the 2103 VPK Summer program, which is free. Class starts June 3, from 8 a.am. to 3 p.m., Monday thorugh Fridy.
Due to its smaller class size for summer VPK, Creative Coast Preschool is able to meet the children's need by giving them a more personable teaching environment and the children can also participate in the summer educational field trips. Some of those trips include visits to the Naples Zoo, Pine Island Library, Pine Island pool and the Naples Children's Museum.
Enrollment for the 2013-14 Fall VPK program program has also begun and six students have already signed up.
Creative Coast Preschool offers to VPK classes: 8-11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m., starting Aug. 8.
For parents/guardians who want their children to attend but lack transportation, Creative Coast Preschool can up children for VPK and return them home.
Parents can pick up their VPK vouchers at the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL, 2675 Winkler Ave., Suite 300, Fort Myers, FL 33901; phone 239-935-6100; fax239-935-6181. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.to 7 p.m., Tuesday.
Parents need to bring their child's birth certificate, physical and immunization records, parent/guardian's Florida driver's license, Florida state ID or passport, two proofs of residency for family.
For additional information, contact Riehm or Maria Ramirez at Creative Coast Preschool, 239-283-3423,or stop by the facility at 10731 Stringfellow Road between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
In addition, Creative Coast Preschool also offers a summer camp for kindergarten through 3rd grade students for $75 per week. Students will go on three field trips a week; participate in arts, crafts games and water play; receive free meals; and enjoy many other activities.