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Early Childhood Services Department News

Early Childhood Services and Family Engagement Fun

Every Monday that school is in session, the Early Childhood Services Department offers Family Engagement opportunities to the families of St. Johns County School District. Early Childhood Services staff work with parents to provide a variety of fun and engaging activities at the Yates Building, 47 Orange Street. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner provided and last until 6:30 p.m.

The activities rotate every four weeks focusing on literacy, science, healthy cooking and eating, fitness and yoga and specific activities and ideas for parents to implement at home with their children. Activities are designed for young children of all ages and parent participation is welcome.

“Bigger than Books” is an evening based on storytelling and reading aloud to children. Children are able to participate in several activities based on the stories from that evening.

“Cookin’ Kids” includes families preparing healthy food options that are easy to make at home and make for a perfect healthy snack and mostly importantly it is fun to create together.

“Science is Fun” involves a night filled with science experiments and activities. Children and parents explore a variety of hands-on experiments related to a specific theme, whether it’s learning about the ocean or working with a beekeeper everyone will have fun.

“Once Upon a Mat” is an evening filled with a story and kids’ yoga activities. Children learn an assortment of different yoga moves and poses and breathing and relaxation techniques. While the children participate in yoga, parents are able to engage in parent workshops on successful parenting strategies to use at home.

Summer VPK Programs

Four St. Johns County School District schools will host a 2018 Summer VPK Program.  Sites are Durbin Creek, Ocean Palms, South Woods and Osceola elementary schools.

To participate, your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018.

The summer program is conducted in a camp-like atmosphere with planned water days, arts and crafts and all around summer fun incorporating kindergarten-readiness activities. Breakfast and lunch are available.

The program is Friday, June 1 through Wednesday, July 25.  Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  There will be no program on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

While parents should call the Early Childhood Services office to reserve their child’s spot, they must also register their child online to obtain the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Certificate of Eligibility.  The website is www.ecs4kids.org.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Donna Fenech in the Early Childhood Services Dept. at (904) 547-8959.

Summer VPK

The St. Johns County School District will be holding summer Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) programs at Durbin Creek, Ocean Palms and Osceola elementary schools. Children must be 5 on or before September 1, 2018. The program is conducted in a camp-like atmosphere with planned water days, arts and crafts, summer fun and kindergarten readiness activities. Breakfast and lunch are available.

The schedule is Friday, June 1 through Wednesday, July 25 and closed on July 4. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please call Early Childhood Services at 547-8965 to reserve a spot. Also, parents need to register their child for VPK online with the state and obtain the Certificate of Eligibility. The website is ecs4kids.org.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Donna Fenech at Early Childhood Services 547-8959.

Pre-K Classrooms and Monday Fundays

It has been an exciting start to the 2017-2018 school year for the school district’s youngest learners.  The St. Johns County School District continues to make early education a priority for our community by providing free full day pre-k programs at Crookshank and Osceola elementary schools and The Webster School.  These three schools have 18 pre-k classrooms with over 300 total students.

On August 28, Early Childhood Services kicked off the Monday Funday program with “Once Upon a Mat,” a children’s yoga session.  The Monday Funday program is not only for preschoolers but for parents as well.  This year the Early Childhood Services staff will be offering an eight-week parent curriculum that will be held once a month during Monday Funday.  This curriculum will provide parenting tips and tools in addition to providing an opportunity to collaborate with other parents and the Early Childhood staff.

Monday Fundays are held 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Yates Building located at 47 Orange Street in St. Augustine. Each Monday that school is in session, the Early Childhood Services team will provide fun and engaging activities for families.  Activities will rotate each week:

1st Monday of the month: Bigger than Books – Literacy Activity
2nd Monday of the month: Cookin’ Kids – Health/Nutrition/Cooking
3rd Monday of the month: Science is Fun
4th Monday of the month: Kids Yoga and Parent Meeting


View our Monday Funday video below!


View our calendar for for more details on this program and other events.

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