Parents are a child’s first teacher. And who better to teach them, than those who love and understand so well their individual needs? During these important years of development in a child’s life, school readiness programs unite with parents as partners to make certain children achieve social and emotional well-being.

Our school readiness programs use age-appropriate curriculum, employ trained early childhood educators and work closely with parents to assess developmental achievements. By doing this, we prepare children for school and ultimately for life. We recognize how important it is to invest in children, they are our future!

Our delivery system of school readiness programs is comprised of private, early childhood programs, family child care homes and school-based sites operated by public schools. School readiness programs are funded by both state and federal funds. This helps parents have access to high quality programs designed to meet the individual needs of their children.

Please update your current capacity here.  Click on the link and fill out the form to help ELC guide parents to facilities with openings

For more information, policies, forms and resources related to School Readiness Services, please go to the Downloads page.

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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