Head, Heart, and Hands
Sea Turtle Early Learning Centers
at Seaside Charter Beach and Seaside San Jose
Our early childhood program is built around a comforting daily, weekly and yearly rhythm that nourishes the whole child. Natural materials and simple toys provide our students with ample opportunities for developing their imagination.
The full-day 8:30am to 3:00pm preschool offers classes for preschool age children up to 6 year-olds. The programs are child-centered and inspired by public Waldorf principles. Our credentialed teachers receive training in developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, including early childhood training at Steiner College.
We also offer a Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) for 4-year-olds who are 4 by September 1 of the current school year. The state funded VPK program provides 3 hours per day of instruction and requires an eligibility certificate from the Duval County Early Learning Coalition. For families of 4 year olds looking for a Waldorf program or needing full day care, we provide a full-day Waldorf wrap around program for our VPK students.
8:15 - Students Arrive, Outdoor Play
Classroom Morning Circle - Singing, Poems, Finger Plays, Clapping and Bean Bag Games
Main Lesson: Academics: VPK Standards
-Story, Letters, Numbers, Vocabulary Building, Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Science, Social Studies-
11:15 - Part Time VPK Dismissal
Waldorf Specials: Music, Handwork, Watercolor Painting, Nature Walks/Crafts, Bread-baking
Clean Up, Bathroom Time
Music, American Sign Language, Yoga, Beeswax Modeling, Gardening
3:00 - Outdoor Play and Dismissal
Extended care is available from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM for working families.
Preschoolers will participate in all School-wide Student Showcases, Festivals (Fall, Winter Spiral, May Day) as well as other special events during the school year.
After completing initial enrollment form, return in person or via e-mail. An enrollment packet, including important student information, child vaccination/health forms, and required documents from DCF can be obtained at the main office of the Beaches or San Jose location or from our directors via e-mail. For all VPK students, a voucher must be returned with your application to guarantee enrollment. For 3 year old and VPK wrap-around, an enrollment packet along with enrollment fee must be returned in order to gain a spot.
ELC Administrator, Becky Haning