KINDERGARTEN HAS ARRIVED!!!
Our Center is proud to announce that we now offer kindergarten ,first, and second grade classes. Funding for this great opportunity to your family is available through the Step Up For Students and the McKay scholarship programs. See scholarship application information below.
How the Scholarship Works
SINCE 2002, MORE THAN 271,000 SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO LOW-INCOME FLORIDA STUDENTS IN GRADES K-12. COULD YOUR CHILD BE NEXT?
Students learn in different ways and parents need to find the best school for each child. Sometimes that means another public school in a different neighborhood or sometimes that means a private school. Step Up For Students exists to help low-income families enjoy all of those options.
Students who qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program may qualify for a Step Up For Students Scholarship to a private school or for funds to help cover transportation costs to an out-of-district public school. For the 2017-18 school year, scholarships were valued up to $4,735 for private school tuition or $500 to help cover transportation costs to attend a public school in another district, typically another county.
Our goal is to give your family a choice in your child’s education. It’s your child; it’s your choice.
These scholarships were created by the Florida Legislature in 2001 to assure that low-income children have learning options. Under the law, the scholarships are based on financial need, not how well your child does in school. They are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different Step Up partner school.
Step Up For Students 2019-20 applications are now open for NEW and RENEWAL FAMILIES.The Step Up For Students online application is now available for 2019-20. All families interested should visit https://www.stepupforstudents.org/ to begin the 2019-20 application process, keeping in mind that you must have a valid email address to start your application. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (giving priority to renewal families), so please apply early. We are no longer accepting applications for the
2018-19 school year.
To qualify for a scholarship for the 2019-20 school year: A child entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before September 1st; a child entering first grade must be 6 on or before September 1st; a child entering grades 6-12 must have attended a Florida public school for the entire previous school year; your family's annual income meets the guidelines set forth by the program.
FREE Pre-Kindergarten for your 4 year old
VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 four years of age by September 1, your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) education program. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers. VPK classes are offered free of charge to every four-year-old (3 hours/day). We are VPK providers (summer and school year); please ask us how you can enroll your child in this program.
What sets our VPK program aside?
At our Center, VPK students will be served breakfast and lunch at no extra cost to our families. Additionally, we will extend the VPK program for an extra hour each day, for a total of up to four hours a day, at no cost to our families. Our VPK program runs from 08:00am-12:00pm.
Benefits of early education and the VPK program
- The most important growth and development in the brain happens by the age of five.
- The early years are the learning years. A child’s ability to be attentive and to follow directions emerges in the early years. Structured early learning fosters these abilities for later success in school and in life.
- Pre-K prepares children to be ready for school. Children who participate in high-quality early childhood education programs develop better language skills, score higher in school-readiness tests and have better social skills and fewer behavioral problems once they enter school. They are also better prepared for Kindergarten, especially in the areas of pre-reading, pre-math and social skills.
- Pre-K promotes a love of learning in children. Pre-K enhances what a child learns at home and instills a love of life-long learning.
School Supplies List
-2 boxes of 24ct. crayons. -1 box of baby wipes.
-1 box of color pencils. -1 box of Clorox wipes.
-1 box of markers. -1 tissue box.
-3 My First Pencil(s). -1 bottle of hand sanitizer.
-1 sharpener. -1 pack of play dough.
-1 pair of scissors with blunt edge. -2 plastic folders with prongs & pockets.
-2 glue sticks. -1 painting brush.
-1 ream of printing paper. -1 plastic pencil case.
-1 pack of construction paper. -1 eraser.
-2 composition notebooks. -2 primary notebooks.
-1 pack of 24 (#2) pencils. -1 pack of 3” x 5” white index cards.
-1 roll of paper towels. -1 box of gallon Ziploc bags.
-1 box of quart Ziploc bags. -1 pack of ABC Flash cards.
-1 pack of Numbers flash cards (1-100). -1 three-inch white binder.
Before/After School Program
Working too early or too late? We are here to help! Our before/after school program for school-age-children offers free breakfast/snacks, homework help, indoor/outdoor activities and convenient hours. We are open year-round, including teacher planning days and school holidays. Come visit us!!!
Looking for a cool summer program for your school-age-child? Well, you've found it. We offer a program packed with refreshing activities involving literacy, social development, fitness, arts and crafts, nutrition, field trips, themed-events and much more. Sibling discounts are available.
Child Care Resource & Referral Assistance
Use the links below to find help in choosing child care, obtain a list of child care programs in your area, find information on community resources, how to apply for School Readiness Assistance and how to quality for Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK).
School Readiness Wait List, On-line Application -
Child Care Aware -
Florida Kidcare -
Abuse Registry -
INFANTS THROUGH FIVE-YEAR-OLDS CURRICULUM
At Great Expectations Learning Center we use The Creative Curriculum, the country's leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5.
We believe that curriculum should be integrated with high-quality assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to create a well-rounded program that addresses the needs of early childhood education professionals, children, and their families.
The Creative Curriculum helps us plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children's social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.
It combines the latest research and the freshest ideas into a forward-thinking approach to learning--one that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child in their classrooms.
Our unique approach is designed to inspire teachers, to help them create a high-quality learning environment and, most of all, to support their important efforts as they open doors to successful learning.
With The Creative Curriculum, every teacher can put together a complete system that promotes positive outcomes for all children, including English-language learners, children with disabilities, and advanced learners.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool rests on a solid foundation of child development theory and research. These findings inform decision making, influence our view of children, and form the basis of all the recommendations that you'll find in the curriculum.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum that has been shown through experimental and quasi-experimental studies to improve classroom quality and cognitive and social-emotional outcomes in young children. It is linked with The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum for Ages 3-5, a valid and reliable assessment instrument that allows teachers to assess child progress and plan responsively.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool meets all of the standards put forth for effective early childhood curricula by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS/SDE).
Not only is every aspect of The Creative Curriculum based on sound developmental theory and evidence-based research, but a number of research studies have been conducted to validate its effectiveness.
Research Demonstrating The Creative Curriculum's Positive Effects on Classroom Quality and Children
While it is important that curriculum and assessment materials be based on the latest scientific research, it is equally important that these materials have a positive impact on child outcomes. Four rigorous independent studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, two of which were part of the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research (PCER) project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Each found positive impacts ranging from improved classroom quality to stronger cognitive, academic, and social-emotional skills.
Infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds
As an educator working with infants, toddlers, and twos, we are in a unique position to help young children learn to trust others and develop secure attachments with the important people in their lives.
Our research-based resources for programs serving children from birth to age 3 help us provide the consistent and responsive care environment that will start them on the path to a lifetime of engaged learning.
The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos forms the basis of our fully integrated program for this age group. It helps us build relationships with children by showing them how to create meaningful daily routines and experiences that respond to individual children's strengths and interests.
These early, positive interactions with caring adults can give young children the confidence they need to explore their surroundings and take delight in their day-to-day discoveries.
The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos helps us plan and implement every aspect of caring for the children in your program, from managing daily routines, to creating a responsive environment, to building partnerships with families.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool
As an educator working with preschoolers, we have the opportunity to set the stage for children's success in school and in life. Our ongoing efforts to value children as individuals and embrace their unique contributions to the classroom community can inspire in them a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
At Great Expectations Learning Center we believe that children learn best when they are actively involved with materials and with others. That's why our resources for preschool programs place so much emphasis on setting up the proper learning environment and building positive, meaningful relationships with children and their families.
The Creative Curriculum for Preschool forms the basis of our fully integrated program for 3- to 5-year-old children. Nationally known for its forward-thinking, comprehensive, and rigorously researched model, our unique approach helps you successfully plan and implement a content-rich, developmentally appropriate program that supports active learning and promotes children's progress in all developmental areas including children who are English-language learners, children with disabilities, and advanced learners.