Department of Early Childhood Programs


Parent Information

"Since children are influenced by adult expectations, it is our responsibility to anticipate the very best from each child in our care." ...Educating Young Children: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation
Over the past twenty years, educational, business, and governmental entities have been emphasizing the importance of "readiness to start school" through the enactment of local, state and national legislation. Research tells us that successful transitions to school can contribute to long-term school success. A successful adjustment to school will often influence the child's perceptions, attitudes, and performance in subsequent school years. Children who enjoy their first school experiences are more likely to particpate in classroom activities, to comply with school rules, and to accept school responsibilities and behaviors that contribute to achievement in later grades.

How to Access Prekindergarten Services in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Title I Registration Procedures
Fee Supported Registration Procedures
Voluntary Prekindergarten Attendance (VPK) Procedures (8:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.)
  Student Attendance - Student attendance is reported daily utilizing the District’s Electronic Gradebook System. VPK Programs must follow School Board Policy 5200-Attendance as with all K-12 students. To comply with the uniform attendance policy for funding the VPK program, Information Technology Services (ITS) submits electronic attendance records to the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe on a monthly basis. Parents or guardians must complete a VPK Child Attendance and Parental Choice Certificate and schools must secure the parent’s or guardian’s signature at the end of each month.
Location of Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Programs/Classrooms
Title I & Head Start VPK Programs
Schools with Early Childhood Programs
How to Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
Procedures and Locations
Birth-Three Years of Age
Healthy Beginnings: Supporting Development and Learning from Birth through Three Years of Age
Zero to Three: Early Development Tips and Tools
Department of Education Bulletins
April 2015
May 2015
Early Learning Parents’ Pages
January 2015
February 2015
April 2015
Find Your Neighborhood School
Parent Programs
The Parent Academy
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Transition to Kindergarten Parent/Child Workshops
College Bound - a free online program that offers simple ways to help your child do well in school. For more information or assistance, please contact The Parent Academy at 305 995-2680 or email
Parent Resources
Birth-5 Literacy Tips for Parents
K-5 Newsletters:
Transition to Kindergarten: A Handbook for Parents 2015-2016
Early Head Start Transition to Head Start and Prekindergarten:
Scholastic for Parents: Tips on Children's Reading, Books, Learning and Activities -
Read to Learn Book Club:
Office of Early Learning on Pinterest
Scholastic Big Day for Pre-K Family Space Access
Family Magazine Book Reviews
Health and Wellness
Measles and the Vaccine to Prevent It
Beware of Measles
2015 Recommended Immunizations


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