To apply for School Readiness funding (child care assistance),  select “Register for School Readiness” under the Parent/Guardian button on our main website page.  Once you enter your information regarding your family size and income, the computer will automatically let you know whether you might qualify for assistance.

Please keep in mind that funding is limited and there is a wait list.

Parents are responsible for keeping their contact information current with the Early Learning Coalition. If you have questions about Child Care Assistance or need to update your contact information, please call one of our locations:

239-935-6100 in Glades, Hendry or Lee Countyor 239-213-1137 in Collier County

Click here to go directly to School Readiness Portal

Coalition News: Hurricane Ian

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL is dedicated to providing information and assistance to childcare providers of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

School Readiness Providers:  School Readiness reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

VPK Providers:  VPK Advance has been processed for all providers contracted for advance payments.  VPK reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

Click HERE for instructions on recording temporary closures in the Statewide Provider Portal.

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