Early Learning Coalitions College Scholarship for VPK Families

Win $2,500 For College!

Florida’s Early Learning Coalitions and Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans share a mission: To prepare young minds for a future full of opportunities, from VPK through college and beyond. ELCs prepare students academically, with a focus on reading and other early learning strategies. Florida Prepaid helps students and their families prepare financially, offering college savings plans that allow you to save for college in a way that suits your budget.

As part of this shared commitment to helping students, Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans is giving away a $2,500 Florida 529 Savings Plan to two lucky VPK families! All you have to do is enter to win!

We also have some great resources for families and VPK teachers. Check out the teacher and family sections for fun activities and ideas to encourage young readers!

Interested in learning more about our Prepaid Plans? Save $25 off the application fee using promo code VPK1718 when buying a plan!

Materials for Teachers

Encouraging preschoolers to love reading and books is such an important part of their education, and sets them up for future academic achievements. Download these free classroom materials and reading lists, and a college savings guide to share with families.

Materials for Families

A young child’s brain is like a sponge, soaking up everything that happens – not just in school, but also at home. We know that busy schedules can make it challenging to figure out where to start or how to make the most of the time you have with your little ones. You can also download a College Savings Guide to help answer your questions about saving for college. These resources can help:

Thank you for participating

The contest is now over, and the two grand prize winners of the $2,500 Florida 529 Savings Plan will be selected and notified by Wednesday, January 24.

10 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for College – Academically and Financially

  1. Set expectations early that you expect your child to attend college by saving early. Research shows that students are more likely to attend and graduate from college when their families saved for it – even if it was just a small amount, $500 or less.
  2. Enrich your child’s vocabulary and promote a love for reading. Having a strong vocabulary is a key predictor of school readiness.
  3. Engage in nurturing and affirming “back and forth” interactions with your child to form strong bonds and build healthy brain architecture. The free mobile app Vroom has great daily activities you can do with your child.
  4. Help your child think about the concept of saving for college by teaching them about saving in a piggy bank, to buy a special toy or book.
  5. Use high-quality tools such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to identify and track your child’s development. It’s important to identify and address concerns early, when interventions can be most effective.
  6. Make a budget plan for college savings. Click here to determine how much you need to save each month based on your child’s age, and pick the Prepaid Plan that’s right for your budget.
  7. Engage your child in enriching summer activities at home or in the community. Use technology to facilitate ongoing learning, especially during the summer months. Go online to resources offered by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading for more ideas on how to keep their brain working!
  8. Tell relatives and other loved ones that you’re saving for your child’s college! Instead of buying toys, they might just want to give the lasting gift of a college education. The 1-Year University Plan allows multiple family members to share in the cost of a child’s college tuition, starting at just $47 a month. You can also invite friends and family to contribute to a Florida 529 Savings Plan through our eGift platform.
  9. Establish an expectation and a plan for daily school attendance.
  10. Take time to surf around myfloridaprepaid.com to learn more about college savings – even if high school graduation day seems a long way off!

Scholarship Rules:

  • Complete the entry form.
  • Grand Prizes: Two (2) $2,500 Florida 529 Savings Plan.
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
  • Must be a Florida resident.
  • One entry per person.
  • Contest opens November 15, 2017, at 8 a.m. EST – ends on January 19, 2018, at 5 p.m EST.
  • Winner will be selected by January 24, 2018.
  • Official rules.

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