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   whatisvpk What is VPK?vpk_fsia

VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (VPK) Program is a FREE educational program created to prepare every four-year- old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program offers each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life by offering quality programs that include developmentally appropriate curricula with a focus on early literacy skills, developmental standards, accountability, substantial instruction periods, manageable class size, and qualified instructors.

  When can my child take the VPK?

    • During the Fall, 540 instructional hours, for the whole school year; 3 hours daily: Totally FREE
    • During the Summer, 300 instructional; 8hrs daily. Totally FREE
    • We also offer an extended VPK Program, where you can take advantage of the 3 free hours, with a complementary session.
    • Part time: M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    • Full time: M-F 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
    • If your child didn’t take the VPK during the School Year and is eligible, he can take advantage of the Summer VPK Program 

 

   who_vpk Who is eligible?

If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program.

In addition, as of July 2016, children born between February 2nd and September 1st may attend VPK either that program year or postpone attending until the following program year as long as the child has not yet been admitted to kindergarten.

VPK Age

  how_vpk How? 

  • Families may register at any time before August 21 st at the following link: www.vpkhelp.org  (It is important to have in mind we have limited spots available)
  • You need to provide proof of residency and child's date of birth when registering.
  • You can come to our schools and we will help you in the process

 

   what_vpk What does VPK offer?

  • As educators in a modern world, at Edu1st, we believe that one of our greatest responsibilities is that of instilling in our students a balanced approach to their life. An approach with which each individual uses his or her own wisdom and intelligence to give greater meaning to learning and the things they do. This approach is conducive to our ultimate goal of equipping our students with the necessary tools to lead a Meaningful Life with Balance and Wisdom, a VESS life. 

     

     

  • At Edu1st, we understand the difficulty that educators experience when faced with new insights and the reality of their classrooms. In order to breach the divide between theory and practice and give educators the appropriate tools to allow them to achieve the full potential of their educational endeavors, Edu1st has sought out, integrated, designed and implemented a variety of tools that have proven to be effective in helping educators breakdown obsolete paradigms to incorporate change and optimize their job.

    With these tools, we are forming from infancy, world citizens with an ethical mind that are able to live a VESS life. These tools generate an impact in teachers, helping them in their own learning process, encouraging a thinking language that enriches the environment where children grow up, and promoting a cultural change that involves children, teachers, parents and the entire community in the creation of cultures of thinking.

    Edu1st integrates all these components and presents them to teachers and institutions in a clear, engaging and pleasant manner through the VESS Curriculum.

For more information, call us or request a tour to learn more about this program.

    

   whatisvpk What is VPK?vpk_fsia

VPK stands for the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education (VPK) Program is a FREE educational program created to prepare every four-year- old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program offers each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life by offering quality programs that include developmentally appropriate curricula with a focus on early literacy skills, developmental standards, accountability, substantial instruction periods, manageable class size, and qualified instructors.

  When can my child take the VPK?

    • During the Fall, 540 instructional hours, for the whole school year; 3 hours daily: Totally FREE
    • During the Summer, 300 instructional; 8hrs daily. Totally FREE
    • We also offer an extended VPK Program, where you can take advantage of the 3 free hours, with a complementary session.
    • Part time: M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 
    • Full time: M-F 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
    • If your child didn’t take the VPK during the School Year and is eligible, he can take advantage of the Summer VPK Program 

 

   who_vpk Who is eligible?

If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program.

In addition, as of July 2016, children born between February 2nd and September 1st may attend VPK either that program year or postpone attending until the following program year as long as the child has not yet been admitted to kindergarten.

VPK Age

  how_vpk How? 

  • Families may register at any time before August 21 st at the following link: www.vpkhelp.org  (It is important to have in mind we have limited spots available)
  • You need to provide proof of residency and child's date of birth when registering.
  • You can come to our schools and we will help you in the process

 

what_vpk What does VPK offer?vpk

VPK Fall School Year:

  • 540 instructional hours
  • Lead instructor with Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Classes can have a maximum of 11 students with one lead instructor or a maximum of 20 students with a lead instructor and an assistant
  • Graduation Ceremony and End of the Year Show
  • No Registration fee to enroll in VPK Program

VPK Fall Extended Program:

  • 540 instructional hours
  • Lead instructor with Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Bi-lingual Program (English-Spanish)
  • Visible Thinking Routines program from Harvard University
  • Free babysitting
  • Living the Arts
  • Hands-on, Minds-on
  • Field trips included
  • Classes can have a maximum of 11 students with one lead instructor or a maximum of 20 studens with a lead instructor and an assistant.
  • Graduation Ceremony and End of the Year Show
  • NO Registration fee to enroll in VPK Program

Summer VPK Program:

If your child didn’t take advantage of the Fall VPK Program, he/she is eligible for Summer VPK Program.

  • 300 instructional hours
  • 5 Days a week, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; 8 hours a day: FREE!
  • Lead instructor with Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Bi-Lingual Program English-Spanish
  • Visible Thinking Routines Program from Harvard University
  • Free Babysitting
  • Living the Arts
  • Hands on, Minds On
  • Field Trips Included
  • Classes can have a maximum of 11 students with one lead instructor or a maximum of 20 students with a lead instructor and an assistant
  • No Registration fee to enroll in Summer VPK Program

 

For more information, call us or request a tour to learn more about this program.

Edu1st preschool horz 

 

  • Brickell
  • Bright Minds
  • First Steps
  • Pines West
  • Smart Beginners
  • VIP Kids

This is how we started:
List of Trainers:
Edu1st.Consulting - Ana Maria Fernandez

Ana Maria Fernandez - USA

CEO & President - Education First inc.

She is the Founder and Curricular Coordinator for Education First Inc. USA. Ana Maria is Licensed in Preschool Education, San Buenaventura University. Bogota, Colombia. She has a Master’s Degree in International Educational Management from the College of New Jersey, USA; an international program. She is a Certified Trainer in Parallel Thinking by The DeBono Group USA. She also is a Certified Trainer in Thinking Maps by TM Inc. USA. 

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Edu1st - Gilberto Pinzon
 

Gilberto Pinzon - USA

Vice president - Education First Inc.

He is Maxillofacial Surgeon and University Professor. Gilberto has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration MBA from American Intercontinental University, AIU in Florida. Gilberto is the Co-Founder of Education First Inc. His leadership in the design and execution of Education First Inc.’s strategic plan has positioned the company in place no. 43 of the fastest growing companies in the education field in the United States in the decade of 2000 to 2010.

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Edu1st - Andreina Story

Andreina Story - USA

Director of Operations and Curriculum Coordinator - Education First inc.

Andreina has been with Edu1st for 10 years. She started as a Teacher and slowly moved up and became an Assistant Director. Shortly after, she became the school Director at V.I.P. Kids Preschool. During this time, she continued training educators and gaining expertise in the field of Culture of Thinking and 21st Century skills.

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Edu1st - Silvana Carpio

Silvana Carpio - USA

Director of Brickell International Academy

Silvana has been with the company for more than five years. She started as a Lead Teacher in PK3 class; a year later she became an International Trainer traveling to countries such as Peru, and Argentina. In 2012 she became an International Presenter leading an International Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She also presented at the International Conference on Thinking in Bilbao, Spain in 2015. Between the years 2012 and 2015 she has lead two Edu1st schools, Bright Minds International Academy and Brickell International Academy.

Edu1st - Teri Sousa

Teri Sousa - USA

Director and Three’s Teacher at Pines West Academy

Teri has been with the company for 15 years as a Teacher and Director of the first School Education First acquired; Pines West Academy. More recently as a Trainer for International Schools. Teri is from Florida, USA. She has a National CDA Background.

Edu1st - Aura Miquel

Aura Miquel - USA

Director at VIP Bilingual Preschool 

Aura has been with Edu1st for more than 9 years; She started as a teacher and became School Director in 2013 as well as Edu1st VESS International Trainer. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from "Universidad Católica Andres Bello" in Venezuela, and 18 years of experience in the field. Aura is from Venezuela.

Edu1st - Anna Leisse

Anna Leisse - USA

Director at Bright Minds International Academy

Anna has been with the company around 5 years. She started as a Lead Teacher at VIP Kids Preschool. After 4 years in the classroom, she was promoted to Director of Bright Minds International Academy; and she has been a Trainer of VESS Curriculum for the past 2 years. Anna is from Venezuela and has a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood in Caracas, Venezuela.

Edu1st - Ana

Ana María Conde - Colombia

VESS Trainer & Instructor - Edu1st Services Manager - Colombia

Ana María has been part of Edu1st's team since the beginning of 2016. At a very young age she began teaching "thinking tools", such as the Theory of Constraints for Education tools. In 2009 she trained all of our staff in problem-solving, communication and decision-making tools. Additionally, she continues to volunteer and supports organizations such as the Odyssey Program, which aims to impact people's quality of life. Ana Maria is an Edu1st trainer and instructor and our representative in Colombia, She is in charge of the expansion in this country . She is from Bogota, Colombia and studies anthropology in the Universidad del Rosario.

Edu1st - Natalia

Natalia Marandola - Argentina

VESS Trainer - Colegio Grilli Canning

Professor of Environmental Management in elementary. Directors' Assistant, accompanying management in planning and development of institutional educational plans. Focused on teacher training: Culture of Thinking, generating in students dispositions and habits of mind that allow transfer of knowledge to new scenarios.

VESS Trainer- educating to live a Meaningful Life with Balance and Wisdom / Level I Education First Inc.

Edu1st VESS Coach

Mariana Siancha - Argentina

VESS Trainer - Colegio Grilli Canning

Galeano said, "Education is not going to change the world, will change people to make a better world." Since I knew the VSS culture, I better understood these phrases and I felt the commitment and responsibility to make them come true, because I have the tools, passion and intention to do so. Since 1993, Mariana has taken several Edu1st courses in Argentina, Miami, and at Spain was speaker of a presentation called: The impact of the application of Visible Thinking and teaching for understanding. In 2015 officially became VESS Leader when she complete the course: Training of Trainers 1 Vess of Edu1st.

Edu1st - Romina

Romina Di Lisio - Argentina

VESS Trainer - Colegio Grilli Canning

¨I enjoy and appreciate every new growth opportunity to develop myself personally and professionally, that raised me new challenges and would provide me the opportunity to practice those skills that I caught knowing the VESS Culture, so we can spread the passion for my vocation, the importance to reinvent the teacher's role as facilitator and the responsibility of forming analytical, critical and autonomous individuals.

Edu1st - María

María Laura Cabrera - Argentina

VESS Trainer - Colegio Grilli Canning

"Education does not change the world, it changes the people that will change the world." (Paulo Freire)

Trainer of Trainers VESS 2015/16 - Educating to live a Meaningful Life with Balance and Wisdom - Level I, The Power of Making Thinking Visible.

Currently, Director of Elementary Level at Grilli Canning School.

 
 

At Edu1st we are true believers of how much can be achieved through teamwork. It is for this reason that we are in constant pursuit of strategic alliances with other organizations, that along with us have as a goal to make a difference in education and have an impact on future educators.

 


Logo Universidad de la Sabana
Internship Framework Alliance

The alliances with La Universidad de la Sabana was established as part of their curriculum in their different mayors. Students are required to complete an internship throughout a semester. The internship consists of a co-training model between Edu1st and the university, students apply the theoretical and practical knowledge they learned during their career in our schools.

 

If you are interested in creating an alliance with Edu1st, please contact us.

We will be more than glad to hear from you.