The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida serves the families of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. It is our goal to make certain that children ages birth to five and beyond, have access to high quality early education experiences to cultivate their natural enthusiasm for learning.

Together, through collaboration with community organizations, business leaders and public schools we are building a solid foundation. By investing in Southwest Florida's greatest assets - children and families - we create a strong work force, benefiting our entire community for years to come.

Family Portal Alert

The current version of the Family Portal is not compatible with the Safari web browser for Apple devices. When a parent tries to submit a School Readiness or VPK application, the process does not appear to finish loading. A solution is being researched.

Until a solution is found, Apple users can access the Family Portal by downloading and using Google Chrome or Firefox.

Program Registration is Easier than Ever!

The new on-line Family Portal is now available! To apply for early learning programs like Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) or the School Readiness waiting list -- just click on the For Families button on the right side of this web page.

Providers Please Note - Payment Date Changes

See schedule of payments for dates. Should you have any questions, please contact your Reimbursement Assistant.

Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a request to change direct deposit accounts. The payment process may delay this request until the following scheduled payment date. Therefore, please be advised not to close your current direct deposit account until the new direct deposit account has received the first payment. The Coalition cannot be held accountable for any bank fees incurred due to the change requested.

Tips for Prompt, Accurate VPK Payment

Please be sure to submit your attendance and VPK Certificates/Vouchers separately:

Accurate payment depends on accurate processing. Submitting certificates/vouchers and attendance sheets separately will help ensure proper processing and payment.


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