“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
– Charles R. Swindoll


Ages 4 years- 5 years

kindergardeners playing

Our preparatory programs are thoughtfully created to inspire a curiosity for life and learning.


Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) is Florida’s free prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds residing in Florida. VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language, and social skills. Children who complete a quality VPK program arrive at kindergarten better prepared than those who do not attend a prekindergarten program.
Early Learning Coalition of Duval. (2023, July). Register For Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK). ELC Of Duval.

The Explorers Classroom

Ages 4 years – 5 years

Our Kindergarten preparatory class is designed specifically for our 4- 5 year olds who are ready to take on an advanced curriculum. This classroom is our last step before graduating from The Elsie Academy Preschool. We work more intently with your child to make sure they have the skills and resources to move forward. You can expect:

  • Learning numbers 1-50
  • Basic addition and subtraction
  • Alphabet A-Z
  • Basic Reading Techniques
  • Basic Writing Techniques
  • StoryTelling
  • Name writing
  • Enhanced art and dramatics skills
  • Confidence and character work
  • Community Connection through service activities
  • STEM
  • Daily homework habits


Please note, our VPK and non VPK classroom maintain the same standard of care. Everyone is eligible for VPK as it is not income based. Visit the ELCduval.org to learn more.




The Elsie Academy is open from 7:30am – 6 pm. We offer fulltime and part-time enrollment. You may enroll your child full-time, Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 6 pm or part-time Monday – Friday 8:30am – 2 pm. We do not offer extended afterschool childcare.

What will my childs scheDUle be?

Your child’s classroom schedule will depend on their age group. However, each age group will have the following daily schedule and activities; A set curriculum, lunch time, snack time, nap time, outdoor play time, structured learning time, enrichment clubs and hands on learning time.


The Elsie Academies goal is to prepare each child for kindergarten and beyond. By partnering with our families, we believe we can achieve that goal. Upon enrollment we will assess your child’s academic and physical abilities. Allowing us to design a specialized learning plan for improvement throughout the school year. Learning will include state approved curriculum, small group learning, daily classroom instruction, weekly homework, and quarterly parent teacher conferences. The Elsie Academy not only focuses on academic excellence, we are focused on the overall wellbeing of each child. This means, we will assist in character building through displaying compassion and encouraging leadership in each child.


We believe in providing children with a balanced organic diet to promote wholistic wellness. We want the best for our students at The Elise Academy. This is why we provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks for an additional $75 a month. Monthly menus are available within our parent portals. Parents may also pack their child’s meals.

What safety measures are in place?

The Elsie Academy goes above and beyond to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of your child.

We follow a strict company standard for checking-in and checking-out each child. Our doors remain locked during our hours of operations. Only parents and staff will have access to our school. We use a specialized software for parent access to the building and childcare classrooms. Parents are required to have photo identification at point of pick up, including any person who is authorized on the parent pick-up list. Our teachers are trained professionals to handle incidents that may occur in event of an emergency. Further monitoring is done with our cameras placed in the classrooms and around our building.

Environmental Cleanliness
We know the importance of keeping illnesses at a minimum and we do our best to maintain a clean environment and adhere to our sick policy. Our staff have completed mediatory training in handwashing, daily room cleaning, equipment cleaning and general health and safety requirements.

Redirecting Techniques
We practice redirecting techniques and positive affirmations. At The Elsie Academy child discipline is an important part of helping children understand boundaries and practicing self-control. We have a current discipline and expulsion policy, which outlines our comprehensive discipline procedures that includes developmentally appropriate social – emotional and behavioral health promotion practices.

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