Accreditations & Affiliations
Not all early childhood educational institutions are created equal, and Rivers Edge Academy in Florida stands out as a distinguished provider of top-tier services. We are delighted to share the outstanding partnerships that underscore our commitment to delivering exceptional care and education. Each collaboration represents a significant achievement, reflecting our dedication to showcasing and documenting success. Rivers Edge Academy is proud to affiliate with esteemed organizations, including VPK, School Readiness/4C, Early Learning Coalition, FACCM, Gold Seal, and Green Apple Accreditation. These affiliations highlight our commitment to upholding the highest standards in child care and education in the state of Florida.
Early Learning Coalition
Rivers Edge Academy in Florida proudly collaborates with the Florida Early Learning Coalition, a cornerstone in supporting early childhood education initiatives. Our partnership with the coalition plays a pivotal role in providing free Pre-K education through the VPK program, ensuring children receive a strong educational foundation. Additionally, we work together to facilitate access to affordable childcare via the School Readiness Program, making quality care accessible to families in our community. At Rivers Edge Academy, we are dedicated to advancing early care and education standards, and our collaboration with the Florida Early Learning Coalition reflects our commitment to these essential goals.
Rivers Edge Academy in Florida is proud to be an active participant in the Florida VPK program, providing free Pre-K education to children and preparing them for a successful academic journey. In addition to our commitment to the VPK program, we go above and beyond by offering full-day programming. This extended care option allows children to continue their education journey with structured lesson plans, engaging activities, and social development opportunities. Our dedication to early care and education extends beyond the traditional VPK model, ensuring a comprehensive and enriching experience for the children in our community. Rivers Edge Academy is passionate about fostering a love for learning in every child, and our full-day programming reflects our commitment to their holistic development.
School Readiness / 4C
Rivers Edge Academy in Florida proudly collaborates with the Florida School Readiness/4C program, enhancing our commitment to quality child care services. As an active participant, we welcome families seeking affordable childcare. Aligned with our mission, this program supports working families and those in education or training, allowing us to maintain high standards and provide top-notch care. Our partnership reflects our dedication to supporting families and fostering each child's development in our nurturing environment.
Rivers Edge Academy is excited to be part of the Florida TEACH (Teacher Education And Compensation Helps) program, offering scholarships and financial assistance to eligible early childhood education (ECE) professionals. The program aims to enhance childcare quality, attract and retain qualified teachers, increase compensation, and make childcare more affordable. TEACH provides scholarships for degrees in ECE and salary supplements for eligible childcare teachers and directors. To qualify, employees must work in a licensed childcare setting, directly with children aged birth to five, and meet income requirements. Participating in TEACH brings financial assistance, career advancement, and the satisfaction of making a positive impact on young lives.
Rivers Edge Academy proudly participates in the Florida Green Apple Accreditation program, administered by the national accrediting agency, Green Apple Accreditation of Children's Services (GAACS). This esteemed accreditation focuses on quality assurance, certification, and training for early childhood education programs, including preschools, childcare centers, and after-school programs. By undergoing a rigorous evaluation process, our academy ensures it meets or exceeds national standards, fostering a safe and nurturing environment. The accreditation not only signifies our commitment to high-quality care but also makes us eligible for increased financial assistance and sets us apart with national recognition, highlighting our dedication to excellence in early childhood education.
Rivers Edge Academy proudly participates in the Florida Gold Seal Quality Care Program, a prestigious designation awarded by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). This recognition is granted to childcare facilities and family day care homes that surpass minimum licensing standards. Open to all licensed childcare providers (excluding certain school-age programs), the Gold Seal signifies a commitment to exceeding basic standards. Providers undergo a thorough self-study and review process covering staff qualifications, curriculum, safety, and more. This positive marketing tool showcases our dedication to high-quality care, potentially leading to tax exemptions and higher reimbursement rates from child care assistance programs.