Southwest Florida Stars

SWFL Stars

Southwest Florida Stars is voluntary Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) used to improve and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. Southwest Florida Stars rates child care centers and family child care homes through a process of site visits and off-site data collection resulting in a 1 to 5 star rating.

wdt_IDCenter NameStar RatingCityZip CodeWeb Site1st Year?
1 Gladiolus Learning and Development Center 5 Fort Myers 33908 Visit No
2 Guadalupe Center 5 Immokalee 34142 Visit No
3 Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center 5 Fort Myers 33907 Visit No
4 Lois Kendrick Large Family Child Care Home 4 Fort Myers 33916 No
6 RCMA Booker T. Washington Child Development Center 5 Moore Haven 33471 No
7 The Children’s Learning Center at FSW 5 Fort Myers 33919 Visit No
8 The Community Children's Center 5 Lehigh Acres 33936 Visit No
9 The Learning Tree of Temple Beth El of Fort Myers, Inc. 5 Fort Myers 33908 Visit No
10 Children's Garden of Labelle 4 Labelle 33935 Visit No
11 Harlem Academy 5 Clewiston 33440 Visit No
wdt_IDCenter NameStar RatingCityZip CodeWeb Site1st Year?

Quality Standards

Provider Worksheets

Providers may use the following worksheets to help track information to show how staff and the program are meeting the SWFL Stars Quality Standards.

Scoring Worksheets

These sheets will be used by ELC of SWFL Quality Mentors to conduct site visits and document reviews, which will determine a program’s star rating. Providers may use them to determine their own preliminary star rating if they wish to do so, but they are not required to be completed by providers.


How can a Child Care Provider participate in SWFL Stars?

Child Care Providers that are current School Readiness or VPK Providers may volunteer to participate by completing an application.

For more information on the QRIS, contact:

Maleeni Singh
Phone: 239-935-6198

How Will My Child Care Facility be Evaluated?

Child care facilities that choose to participate in Southwest Florida Stars are evaluated based on six quality categories:

  • Health and Safety
  • Professional Development and Staff Qualifications
  • Learning Environment and Classroom Interactions
  • Screening, Assessment and Curriculum
  • Family and Community Relationships
  • Professional Responsibility

What are the Benefits of Participating in SWFL Stars?

  • Free program quality assessments
  • Specialized trainings for providers on ITERS/ ECERS/FCCERS and CLASS
  • On-site, personalized support provided by ELC Quality Mentors
  • Specialized trainings for Directors
  • Access to educational scholarships
  • Discounted CEUs
  • Quality improvement resources
  • Memberships to professional early childhood organizations
  • Community recognition

Why Should Parents Look for a Program Participating in SWFL Stars to Enroll Their Child?

Child Care Providers who participate in the QRIS:

  • Provide safe and welcoming environments
  • Understand that learning begins at birth
  • Offer a variety of appropriate activities through which children learn and grow
  • Engage children in fun, ‘hands-on’ learning experiences
  • Involve parents and families as their child’s first teacher
  • Are dedicated to offering the best in quality child care
  • Are involved in the on-going evaluation of their program
  • Are committed to program improvement
  • Are knowledgeable in early child education best practices

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