VPK Handbook: What Parents Need to Know & Understand About Florida VPK

Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK), is a free educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children who live in Florida and are 4 on or before September 1 of the school year can enroll. Parents whose children are born between February 2 and September 1 of the calendar year may postpone enrolling their 4-year-old until the following year when their child is 5. To register your child for VPK, simply … Read more

Importance of Developmental Screenings

Developmental screenings help identify any delays in your child’s social and emotional development or growth. These screenings help you get connected earlier to needed supports in your child’s life. The developmental screenings also help identify needed supports to prevent a child from falling behind because of a developmental delay and help them achieve age-appropriate milestones. If you are not sure where developmental screenings are offered, contact your local early learning coalition to learn more about … Read more

How Playing in Nature Helps Your Child’s Development

Playing in nature can help children of all ages with their motor skills, communication, social-emotional skills, sensory integration, and so much more! Here are some of the benefits of playing in nature. Playing outside promotes: Executive Function Skills Exploration and Creativity New Sensory Experiences Motor Skills Relaxation & Emotional Regulation The best toys for outdoor play & how to incorporate outdoor play at home

Nature Play Spaces – What They Are and How to Make One

Nature Play Spaces: What is a Nature Play Space?   The idea behind a nature play space is that, instead of the standard, cookie-cutter metal and plastic structures that make up the bulk of today’s playgrounds, people can incorporate the surrounding landscape and vegetation to bring nature to children’s daily outdoor play and learning environments. Nature Play at Home Children have a natural affinity toward nature. The National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative … Read more