VPK Program Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

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Tampa VPK ProgramWhat is VPK ?

VPK stands for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, and it is an education program funded through the Florida Department of Education. The state of Florida guarantees a year of pre-kindergarten preschool education free of charge to every 4-year-old child in the state. The goal of the VPK education program is to enable every child to be ready to learn by the time he or she enters kindergarten.

Several area preschools are certified to offer free VPK programs, but there are tremendous differences in quality. For this reason, Florida preschools are reviewed by the Florida Department of Education each year and given a score based on the following criteria:

What Makes our Pre School VPK  Different?

Tampa Elite Sports Academy’s objective is to help your child blossom into the next stage of their life. TESA Pre School and VPK program provides the students with a small class setting allowing them to receive more one on one attention and provide extra assistance where needed.

Our lead teacher has 8 years of teaching experience, a Child Development Associates certification and is bilingual.  Spanish is incorporated in the daily lessons to help further their knowledge and communication.  Being a sports academy, we explore many mainstream sports and introduce the basic fundamentals and rules of the game.

The students not only get free play in the playground but they learn how to be a team player from the many sports and recreational games that are played.  Tampa Elite’s Sports Academy uses Creative curriculum as our support system to teach our students. Our curriculum allows the students to learn writing, reading, beginning algebra, beginning  geometry, beginning addition and subtraction. The students get to explore their creativeness through dramatic play and explore many different avenues of art.  Together, we will achieve our goals and have each child ready to take on kindergarten.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool:

Foundation has five comprehensive volumes:

Volume 1: The Foundation:  Helps teachers translate the components into practice, and allows the teacher to adapt her lessons to the needs of each child.

Volume 2: Interest Areas : The students will develop their social skills, how to be constructive, enjoy purposeful play and how to interact with the environment.

Volume 3: Literacy: The teaching of the alphabet letter sounds and recognition. Introducing sight words to begin early reading skills.

Volume 4: Mathematics: The teaching of numbers, shapes, beginning addition, subtraction and beginning algebra.

Volume 5: Objectives for Development & Learning: Introduces the development of Science and Technology, Social Studies, The Arts, and their intellectual development.

A day in Prekindergarten

Daily Schedule:

Circle time: review letters, numbers, shapes, calendar, months, days of the week and Spanish lesson

Center time: where your child will be interactive in play with others, learning how to share and encouraged to use their imaginations.

Small Group Time: Your child will begin to develop their writing skills. Writing their names, numbers, and sight words.

Outside Time: Your child will have thirty minutes of outside play. This will include different team sports like soccer, basketball, relay races, and different team building activities.

Reading and Music time: The students will have their choice of what books they want read to them. During music time they will be taught an array of songs and the use of instruments.

Snack time: Each child will receive a well balanced nutritional morning snack.

 Going on Field Trips:

Tampa Elite Sports Academy likes to take opportunities to take their students on several field trips throughout the year. Our favorite field trips are to the Town N Country Library. Here the students enjoy story time in a very active environment and learn about the library. The library also has special guest that perform some of the best puppet shows that bring fables and fairy tales to life. During the Spring we like to introduce the students to the farm and we go visit Old McMiky’s Farm.


The students enrolled in VPK and our preschool program are also allowed to be involved in our after school sports. We offer an array of sports throughout the year including soccer, gymnastics, and cheerleading. These sports are available at an extra cost per season. The season includes team t-shirts, practice and games at TESA, trophies, and a pizza party at the end of the season.  If your child is only registered for vpk you can still bring your child back to school to participate in the organized sport. Please feel free to call us if you have any further questions about our after school activities.

VPK / Pre School Registration Packet

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Here you can download the VPK Preschool Packet.


TESA is providing the following guidelines for parents:

Your child should be without fever for an entire day before returning to school. A child who has been ill during the night should not come to school the next day.

Any child, who has been vomiting, has a fever, a skin rash, a heavy cough or whose eyes are reddened should stay home from school until a doctor is seen. No medication will be given to your child unless we have a written order from the doctor; the medication is labeled with your child’s name and the proper dosage. Medication ordered three times a day usually can be given before, right after school and at bedtime (if your doctor approves).
Children who may need pain relieving medication (i.e. Tylenol) may bring in their own medication to be kept locked in the nurse’s office. These “over the counter” medications must also be accompanied by the request from your doctor with times and dosage amounts.

All doctor-prescribed medication orders must be renewed each September.
If your child is sent home from school because of head lice, you must accompany the child upon his/her return to school. The director will check the child in your presence to be certain that he/she is able to return to class.
Always inform the school when your child is receiving medication at home. Also, let us know when your child receives any vaccine or immunizations so that we may properly update your child’s health records kept at school.
A current phone number and address of your home and employment, in addition to other dedicated adults who may be called in the event of illness or emergency, is most necessary. Please also remember to provide the school directly with any changes to telephone numbers, which may occur.

If a child has a fever or any other symptoms listed below, a parent will be notified immediately.

  • Signs of Illness in Children
  • Severe Coughing
  • Breathing Trouble
  • Yellowish Skin or Eyes
  • Unusual Rash or Spots
  • Infected Skin Patches
  • Unusual Behavior
  • Diarrhea
  • Gray or White Stool
  • Unusually dark, tea-colored urine
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Loss of Appetite

Note: this list represents the most common signs of illness rather than a complete list of all signs and symptoms.

Illness/Injury During School Hours

When a child becomes seriously ill or is injured during school hours, the nurse will notify a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will be required to pick-up the child or make arrangements for pick-up. In emergency situations, it is essential for all phone numbers and contact information to be current and accurate. Parents and guardians shall be required to provide an updated list of emergency contact numbers each quarter during the school year. It remains the parents’ responsibility to provide the school with any change of home, work or cell phone numbers as they are changed. Please remember that the updated information you provide is the only means by which we can contact you during any emergency. If you have a change in phone numbers or contact information, please notify the school immediately to update the records.

Physical Examination/Immunization Requirements

Physical examinations are required for all children prior to school registration. Since the family physician best know the child, it is requested that he/she perform the examinations.
To be admitted to school, all students must show evidence of immunization against poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles (rubeola), and rubella (German measles). Exceptions may be made on the basis of religious conviction or medical contraindication by completing the required forms available in the school office. Additional immunizations requirements may be necessary as per state code and law.

llness & Attendance

Good school attendance is necessary for success in school. Academic progress and attitude toward school and schoolwork is directly related to attendance. Children who are ill, however, do not profit from coming to school and may infect others. Students exceeding 3consequtive day’s absence in during a monthly period will be considered excessively absent and may be subject to being released from the vpk program.

The following shall be exceptions, not included in the 3 day maximum number of absences per month:

Following an illness of five (5) or more consecutive days, the student will present a note from a doctor, clinic, Board of Health, or hospital explaining the reason for the absence.
Where a student suffers with a chronic illness, documentation of said illness must be included in the student’s medical file.

Students who are quarantined due to a sibling’s illness may have absences excused when a medical excuse is presented.
Please notify the school when you child is absent by calling the school nurse at the school by 9:00 a.m. each day your child is absent. When your child returns to school, submit a written note to the classroom teacher explaining the absence.
Please also keep in mind the attendance policy of the Tampa Elite Sports Academy has been created in the best interest of all students. Students not present for instruction cannot learn, and quickly fall behind the accomplishments of their peers. Help us to ensure your child’s academic performance by adhering to these policies and encouraging regular and timely attendance except in instances where your parental discretion indicates symptoms requiring an absence.

Attendance Contract

A child is allowed up to three (3) unexcused absences (requiring no documentation) in a month’s period. It is important that your child attend class every day. We understand that illnesses and personal situations will arise. Please be advised that a child that is ill or absent more than three consecutive days will require a note from the doctor. Failure to comply with our attendance policy can lead to dismissal from our prekindergarten program.

Please try to make appointments and plan vacations when your child is out of school. A school calendar will be provided for you. We understand that plans may have been made already scheduled, please discuss any future absences with the director.

VPK Calender

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2015-2016 VPK Calender

2015-2016 VPK Calender
VPK Hours of Operation
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
180 Days
3.00 hrs a day
540 Total Hours

VPK Calender

2015-2016 VPK Calender
Holiday Date TESA Childcare Available
Students’ First Day of School Tues. August 25th Open
Labor Day Monday, September 7th Closed
Non Student Day Monday October 26th Closed
Veterans Day November 11th Closed
Fall Break Monday – Friday Nov. 23rd – 27th Closed
Winter Break Monday-Friday
December 21st -31st
Winter Break Monday – Friday
January 1st thru 3rd
Students Return to School Monday January 5th Open
Presidents Day and Non Student Day Monday and Tuesday January 18th-19th Closed
Students Fair Day Friday Feb 5th Closed
Spring Break Monday – Friday
March 14th – 18th
Students return to school Monday March 21st Open
Non Student Day Tuesday March 23rd
Memorial Day Monday May 30th Closed
Last Day Of School Thursday June 9th Open
Graduation TBD


2015-2016 VPK Rates
2015-2016 VPK Rates
Before Care Only – $20 weekly
After Care Only – $60 weekly
Before and After Care – $80 weekly

Map To Location

How To Register

You can register in person Monday - Friday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm 8001 Sheldon Rd. just South of Wendys. Or complete the Online Registration form by Clicking



Tampa Elite Sports Academy
Tampa, Fl, 33615 US
(813) 443-5067