VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten)
Gan Sinai is proud to be a VPK provider. The State of Florida pays a VPK provider for 540 hours of instruction during the school year for each child enrolled in the program. Each provider determines the dates and hours of their program. Gan Sinai offers a full day “wrap-around” program, which includes instructional time over the state mandated hours. If you are a Miami-Dade resident you may sign-up for VPK. If you are not a resident of Miami-Dade County you can still attend Gan Sinai but are not eligible for the VPK funding. More detailed information about VPK is available at www.vpkhelp.org.
A VPK Certificate of Eligibility is required for enrollment. You are able to register online at www.vpkhelp.org. Once you receive your certificate, please send a picture it to firstname.lastname@example.org and send a hard copy into school once the school year begins in the fall. We need your certificate so we can enter your VPK certificate number into our VPK portal so your child will be registered with VPK at our location.
We also want you to be aware of the VPK Policies regarding attendance.
Tardiness: Arrival for the VPK program is between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. For those of you who use the carpool line, the PK4 teachers can sign your child in and out each day. The earliest time arrivals will be accepted in the classroom is 8:45 a.m. The instructional day starts at 9:00 a.m. and all children are expected to be in place and ready to start the day. If children have medical or dental appointments, please try to schedule them after 12:00 pm as not to interfere with the VPK attendance.
Absences: Each child is allowed (3) absences per month. Any absences beyond those require a written note from the parent for one of the following reasons:
Illness or injury of the child or the child’s family member which requires hospitalization or bed rest or a Physician or Dental appointment;
Infectious disease or parasitic infestation;
Funeral service, memorial service, or bereavement upon the death of the child’s family member;
Compliance with a court order (e.g. visitation, subpoena);
Special education or related services for the child’s disability;
Observance of a religious holiday or service;
Family vacation, not to exceed 5 excused absences per program year.
Absences of 5 consecutive instructional days will be considered a withdrawal from the VPK program at Gan Sinai. Withdrawals from the VPK program will not be eligible for re-enrollment. Gan Sinai will allow one documented 5-day absence during the 180 day instructional period. Documentation must be submitted in advance, explain the reason for the 5-day absence, and be dated and signed by the child’s legal custodial adult.
Verifying your child’s attendance and absences
At the end of each month you will be given a form to review and confirm your child’s recorded attendance for the month. Your signature on this form is vital to securing your child’s place in VPK for the following month, as well as, ensuring that Gan Sinai gets reimbursed properly from Miami-Dade County for our participation in the VPK program.
If your child is unable to continue in the VPK program due to extended tardiness or multiple undocumented absences you are responsible for payment to Gan Sinai for the balance of the VPK payment.