Beginning July 20, 2020 our offices will remain closed to the public, with the exception of appointments for parents and Live Scan appointments arranged by phone.
If you are a parent and have need for services, such as child care referrals or help with the family portal, please click on this list to contact staff.
For general questions, dial (239) 935-6153
For Spanish speakers, dial (239) 935-6108
For Creole speakers, dial (239) 935-6153
Please note: Messages left on these lines will be checked frequently throughout the Monday – Friday workday, and calls will be returned as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Your health and safety are our priority. Please continue to follow the appropriate precautions to prevent respiratory illness:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- If you have not already done so, get your flu vaccine. The vaccine is readily available for employees as well as for the public. You may also refer to the FDOH call center at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For Our Families
Hendry CARES assistance will be used to pay past-due utility, lease, and mortgage bills and possible workforce development opportunities. Residents who have been affected by COVID-19 will be assisted through Hendry County programs.
LeeCares Childcare Assistance Program: Children who attend state-certified Gold Seal Quality Care Program preschools in Lee County may be eligible for temporary federal assistance that covers some or all of their childcare costs. If you are facing economic hardship because of COVID-19, please visit LeeFLCares.com to register for CARES Act funding available through United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties. First responders and healthcare professionals also may be eligible for an Emergency Childcare Scholarship through the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. Visit http://ow.ly/k1I750zQCQB for more information.
The centers on this map show School Readiness Providers. For a full listing of child care programs, see our Child Care Resource and Referral page here.
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Assistance Available: electrical, water, rental/mortgage, gasoline, medical, transportation to medical services, food, HVAC Repair (60+), family self-sufficiency and more.
ALPI has been designated by the State of Florida as the Community Action Agency (CAA) for Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Polk Counties. As such, ALPI receives Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds to assist in the provision of a range of services and activities that have a measurable, and potentially major, impact on the root causes of poverty in the local community.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that assists high-energy burdened, low-income households with the costs of heating and cooling their homes. Home energy funds are provided once per calendar year and are based on the client’s gross income and household size.
ALPI’s focus of CSBG funding is to support a Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP); however, there are limited emergency assistance funds available to help alleviate an immediate crisis. Under the FSSP, an eligible client is provided services through ongoing case management with the ultimate outcome being the enhancement of a family’s ability to, ultimately, meet their own needs.
For Your Business
Mini Grants To support early learning/childcare providers during the COVID-19 state of emergency, Early Learning Coalitions have been given the authority to award mini-grants to be used by providers for the following purposes:
- Purchase of supplies that help meet health and safety needs related to COVID-19 — up to $1,000
- Payment of infrastructure/operating costs – up to $1,000
- Professional Development Stipends for early learning practitioners
Florida Department of Health Nurse Danna Breeden is here to answer questions for preschool providers. Contact her at (239) 825-5218 or Danna.Breeden@flhealth.gov
Paycheck Protection Program
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. The initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Learn more here.
Business Damage Assessment Survey
The Business Damage Assessment Survey is gathering information needed to evaluate and access tools to help businesses—like yours—potentially lessen the impacts of COVID-19 and help the economy recover. To submit a survey response, click here.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
If your business has been economically impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. The short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources. Currently, $50 million has been allocated for the program. The application period opened March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020. Click here to learn more.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue businesses may be experiencing.
Short-Time Compensation Program
The Short-Time Compensation Program is designed to provide prorated Reemployment Assistance benefits to employees that have had work hours and earnings reduced as part of a Short-Time Compensation plan to avoid a total layoff of some employees. This program allows employers to avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring and training new workers when business conditions improve. While employees are spared the hardships of full unemployment, employers are able to retain employees who can resume high production levels when business conditions improve.