Head Start is a group of federal programs for low-income children and their families. Head Start programs include: Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start and American Indian Head Start.

Head Start facilitates child development and promotes school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development through health, educational, nutritional, social and other services. Head Start programs serve families at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Head Start is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and given to local agencies. Communities match 25 percent in funds and there are no parent fees for this program. To learn more visit www.floridaheadstart.org.

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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