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Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year to be eligible.

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Creating an environmentally healthy early learning environment is key to the health of our nation’s children.

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The Gold Seal Quality Care Program is an approved accreditation for child care providers to be eligible to participate in VPK.

Inez Martin
Child Development Center

Wesley House operates the Inez Martin Child Development Center in Key West. We are a contracted provider with the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. Our program has achieved “Gold Seal” accreditation through the Florida Department of Children and Families, international accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is certified as an “Eco-Healthy Child Care” site.

  • We practice the Creative Curriculum approach to early childhood learning which includes using computers, arts and crafts, field trips and outdoor activities for a diverse learning experience.
  • Offer Florida’s free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program to four-year olds.
  • All children receive a free nutritional meal program offering breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks.
  • Our Center is smoke-free and wheelchair accessible, allowing access for children with special needs. English and Spanish are spoken fluently.

For more information, call 305.809.5055
Email: CDC@WesleyHouse.org
License # C16MO0012

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

Florida was one of the first states in the country to offer free prekindergarten for all 4-year-olds regardless of family income. The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year to be eligible. The program helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials that are geared to various stages in a child’s development.

A school-year program provides 540 hours of instruction with class sizes of no more than 20 children. Parents who have 4-year-old children with special needs may choose the VPK Specialized Instructional Services educational program, where certified or licensed professionals provide instruction in individual or small group settings. This option requires the child to have a current individual education plan from a local school district.

Children who attend high-quality preschool do much better when they get to kindergarten, and this makes an enormous difference for their later success.

Backpack Program

In 2012, Inez Martin began a “Backpack for Kids” program. This program sends home every Friday child friendly food to those children determined eligible for the weekend.

The program allows for siblings in the home ages 2-12 to receive the same backpack of food. The backpack contains “child friendly” food with a focus on whole grains and limited sugars. Fresh fruit and vegetables from the local mission is shared with the families on a twice a week basis.

Thank you to Klaus Murphy, United Way and our Private donors for this program.

Gold Seal Quality Care Program

Florida Legislature established the Gold Seal Quality Care program to acknowledge child care facilities and family day care homes that are accredited by nationally recognized agencies and whose standards reflect quality in the level of care and supervision provided to children.

In December 2004, Voluntary Prekindergarten ( VPK ) legislation was passed and signed into law. This bill requires participating child care facilities and homes to maintain quality care accreditation and higher education standards for staff. The Gold Seal Quality Care Program is an approved accreditation for child care providers to be eligible to participate in VPK.

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