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SWFL Stars is a 5-star rating system designed to highlight and enhance the quality of childcare services in our service area, which includes Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. It was developed through a great team effort, using a collaborative approach between the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida Quality Services staff members, Program Committee members, and a SWFL Stars Workgroup, which included SWFL childcare providers.

VISION

The vision of SWFL Stars is to promote and recognize early learning environments of distinguished quality which will support young children to become lifelong learners.

GOALS

    • To raise the standards and accountability in early learning environments and provide a road map to quality
    • To promote positive outcomes for children.
    • To identify and recognize early learning providers for the quality services they provide.
    • To build a stronger partnership between early learning providers and the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL
    • To offer early learning providers a marketing tool.

Forms:

 Contact information: Please submit Application to:  Michelle.Aguiar@elcofswfl.org or Janelle.Almonte@elcofswfl.org (Spanish/Español)

Southwest Florida Stars Orientation Video

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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