At Keystone Child Development Center, we do more than just provide a safe, caring environment for your child, we are committed to educational preparation. We engage our youngest children through books, art, hands-on learning opportunities and more. We use a variety of proven teaching methods for our VPK and kindergarten children to ensure they have a solid foundation to build upon throughout their academic lives.
The Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program is guided by the Florida Standards for Four Year Olds. These standards describe the skills VPK students should master by the end of their VPK year in order to lay the foundation for academic success in kindergarten. “Kindergarten readiness” refers to the mastery of these foundational skills. In Florida’s VPK program, academic learning is broken down into the following four categories:
- print knowledge
- phonological awareness
- oral language/vocabulary
At the beginning, middle and end of the 2015-16 school year, the VPK Assessment was administered to establish a baseline and measure individual student progress across these 4 academic domains.
When the VPK assessment was first administered at the start of the school year, none of the students in KCDC’s VPK program were on track to meet expectations for kindergarten readiness by the end of the school year in the area of phonological awareness. Just 25 percent of the VPK students were on track for kindergarten readiness in the areas of oral language/vocabulary and mathematics, and 50 percent of students were meeting expectations in the area of print knowledge.
Over the course of the school year, KCDC’s VPK students received individualized, well-designed instruction that allowed for growth for all students across academic domains. By the end of the school year, the positive results were remarkable. They were as follows:
- ALL students in KCDC’s VPK program met or exceeded expectations for kindergarten readiness in the areas of print knowledge and mathematics
- 85 percent of the class had met or exceeded criteria for kindergarten readiness in the area of phonological awareness
- 70 percent of the class had met or exceeded criteria for kindergarten readiness in the area of oral language/vocabulary
During the 2015-2016 school year, KCDC’s kindergarten program used the criterion-referenced Brigance Inventory of Early Development (Brigance IED-III) to inform and individualize instruction and to measure students’ academic progress. The Brigance IED-III is intended for use with children from birth through seven years of age for the purpose of helping educators to assess key school readiness skills, identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, plan data-based instruction and monitor each child’s progress.
The academic portions of this assessment were administered to each child in November, February and April, and results helped to guide instructional decisions made to advance each child’s learning. Over the course of the school year, each KCDC kindergarten student demonstrated growth across the academic domains of Literacy and Mathematics & Science. This graph compares the average scores at the beginning and end of the school year. The increase in raw scores in both domains reflects the mastery of new skills across domains.
Make Your Child a Keystone Kid
As you can see, KCDC has a lot to offer your 3-month-old to 8-year-old child. KCDC offers rolling admission throughout the year, when space is available. To enroll, please complete our Admission Survey. All children are assessed and placed based on their individual strengths and challenges.
Interested in having your child attend KCDC? The Enrollment Process starts with completing an online Admissions Form.
Do you have questions or would like to tour KCDC before starting the Enrollment Process?