Business Breakfast 2022

REGISTER for this event: Grab a coffee and breakfast as you listen to our featured speakers Dr. Mike Martin, President of Florida Gulf Coast University; Marshall Bower, President and Executive Director at The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools; and Armando Llechu, Chief Officer of Hospital Operations at Lee Health talk about

The Building Blocks of Preschool: How Early Learning Builds the Foundation for a Stronger Economy.

We also honor Joe Paterno, outgoing Executive Director of CareerSource Florida, as an ELC Early Learning Champion.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stabilization Grants

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Stabilization Grants for Early Learning Programs are now available. The online application process for Southwest Florida begins March 4, 2022. To help you apply, please attend one of these grant application training sessions.

Phase VI Grants are Available to Providers Now

Preschool Providers: Phase VI Grants are available to providers now. There is additional funding available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act for all providers in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

News Releases

Media Contact: Jane Hess (239) 935-6129

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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