Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a FREE community service that offers information and referral services to all families that are looking to find child care information in Southwest Florida. CCR&R assists families in finding early education programs that best meet their needs.

Check these interactive maps to see the locations of VPK and SR providers.

If you need more information, trained staff will answer questions about choosing the best early learning programs and provide parents with a list of referrals that is customized to their specific preferences. Some of these specifications include the age of the child, location preference for care, type of care such as Centers, Family Child Care Homes, or School Age Care, also whether the site has a pool, non-smoking conditions, pets, program and curriculum desires, etc. Call (239) 935-6100 or fill out the Online Request Form below.

Families will receive information about child development and developmentally appropriate practices. In addition, parents will receive listings and information about other services available in the community.

How to Request a CCR&R Consultation/Listing

  • Online Request Form

  • By phone or to make an appointment:
  • Glades, Hendry or Lee County: 239-935-6100
  • Collier County: 239-213-1137

The interview process takes approximately 20 minutes after which a customized list made specifically for that parent and child can be emailed, mailed, or faxed. During the interview the parent has the opportunity to ask specific questions regarding early care and education options, the child care application for financial assistance process and how to access other financial assistance for child care needs.

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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