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Early Childhood Services Update – November 2018

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.

Pre-K Classrooms and Monday Fundays

It has been an exciting start to the 2018/2019 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 July 29th, Early Childhood Services will kick off the 2019-2020 school year,  with the 2nd annual “Ice Cream Social Monday Funday Preview” in the Fullerwood Auditorium. The night will highlight our weekly activities as well as introduce our Policy Council to it’s new members. Monday Funday is not just for preschoolers but for their parents as well.  Again 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 unless otherwise indicated on the VPK Calendar given to every child in Pre-school. The Early Childhood Services team provide food, fun and engaging activities for students and their families.  Our activity schedule is below but subject to change.

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.