What is VPK?


Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.

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Welcome to STAECC!


St. Thomas Aquinas Early Childhood Center is a ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and is part of the Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Schools and Centers. At our school, children are given the opportunity to develop spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually. We seek to provide faith filled, qualified teachers to work with our children. At St. Thomas Aquinas E.C.C. we continually strive to offer you the best possible program at an affordable rate.



Registration for the
2016 - 2017 school year
is now in progress.
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Registration Form in PDF