To apply for School Readiness funding (child care assistance) certain documents are required. Documents Required to Determine Eligibility Checklist (Documentos Requeridos para la Determinación de Elegibilidad para la Preparación Escolar (SR) en Collier, Glades, Hendry y Lee)

To apply for School Readiness visit

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

The Early Learning Coalition has new local funding opportunities for residents of Lee and Collier counties under the School Readiness MATCH Program

If your household was previously determined to be over income, this would be the time to reapply.  The School Readiness MATCH Program has higher income limits and allows households that fall under the 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify for the School Readiness Program. Parents must meet the new income guidelines and be working, in school or have a disability to qualify. Our staff can assist you with the application and provide you with information you need to make an informed choice of early learning program and to find a quality childcare provider. 

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 County or 239-213-1137 in Collier County

Click here to go directly to School Readiness Portal