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Victory Child Development Center

4401-58 Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33709-5330

(727) 545-9109


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children learn by play. When children stack blocks, they are learning math. When children play in the housekeeping, they are learning to share and role-play. Teachers guide children to help them make sucessful choices. This encourages self-worth.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are evaluated and classroom instruction is tailored to their needs to help them "catch up" or work to the best of their ability. Children help each other.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our children are taught to respect others, be responsible for their actions and words, and to manage their emotions by using words, not by hitting. Health and hygiene is part of every day. Prayer is said before all meals.

A Typical Day

arrival, free play till 8:00, breakfast, circle time with songs and stories, lesson plans, outdoor time and lunch at 11:30. Naptime is after lunch and then free play indoors, outdoor play at 4:00 then parent pickup inside. 5:30 closing time for age 1 and 6:00 for ages 2-12 years.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

I am at school early for parents who need to know more about their child's progress, and give them the opportunity to have their child screened for any concerns, either on my part or theirs. I can connect them to services and if I don't know I will find out where they can get help. Children are my work.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are more anxious about school than their children as they should be. We as teachers have their child longer than they do during the week. We are very loving and make the children feel at home from the start. Parents can look throught one way glass and watch their child, they can call and pick up early if they or we think it would benefit the child. Staying longer and lingering does not benefit either the child or parent.
A parent who eminates confidence and calm will transfer this to their child. If they tell their child, "I'll be right back" and they aren't they child will learn not to trust them and will be anxious throughout the day until they come back. This is not condusive to learning and growing.