Bay District Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program
The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program is to prepare young children to start kindergarten ready to learn. Pre-K classes offer a high quality, standards-driven, school readiness curriculum with qualified staff. Learning experiences are embedded in all parts of the curriculum, including unplanned experiences or teachable moments that occur in a classroom each day. Our mission is to ensure that all children are intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically ready to enter school and ready to learn, fully recognizing the crucial role of parents as their child’s first teacher.
District Schools VPK & ESE Pre-Kindergarten classes are safe, respectful,
responsive and positive places. Our
program supports children actively engaging with their world to establish
healthy relationships with others, solving interesting problems and figuring
out who they are and how they connect to their families and communities. Families feel connected to Bay District
Schools knowing that their children are cared for and nurtured. Our classrooms are a place where children and
families will learn and have their voices heard.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
The State of Florida offers free Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten (VPK) for all children that have reached the age of 4 on or before September 1st. VPK is offered during the school year for a total of 540 hours and the summer for 300 hours. During the school year, children attend 3hrs. 15 min. free with an extended Enrichment program option available for a small weekly fee. Classes are limited to 20 children and maintain a 2 adult to 20 students ratio.
VPK Application for Enrollment - Click HERE
Pay Online: Pre-K Extended Day
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Pre-Kindergarten
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Pre-K is instruction specifically designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of children with disabilities or those who are experiencing developmental delays. Services for preschool children (ages 3 through 5) are provided free of charge through our public schools. Screenings and comprehensive evaluations are available through our Pre-K Evaluation Team.
There are 18 public school campuses that maintain Pre-K programs. These are: Callaway, Cedar Grove, Cherry Street, Deer Point, Hiland Park, Lucille Moore, Lynn Haven, Northside, Parker, Southport, Tommy Smith, Tyndall, Waller, Deane Bozeman School and Arnold High School.
Advantages of our Pre-K Programs
A high quality, developmentally appropriate
Health screening and services
School breakfast and lunch program
Easy transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten
Parent involvement at the school level
Continuum of Exceptional Student Education
Qualified and well-trained staff
Explicit individual instruction
Promotes Social and Emotional Development
Adheres to Florida Early Learning and
Developmental Standards Four Years Old to Kindergarten
For More Information, please contact the Pre-K Department at 850-767-4201.