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A heartfelt thanks to our community partners

Child Care of Southwest Florida would like to highlight the tremendous generosity of our community partners during the holidays. We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of our “Community Christmas Elves” listed below: 

  • Lee County Association of Women Lawyers led by Kristie Scott and Kayla Richmond – Adopted 10 families
  • Beacon of Hope in Conjunction with Pet Smart – Provided hundreds of stuffed animals
  • Fred Maschmidt Family from Raymond James – Adopted three families
  • The Lee County Tax Collectors Office – Created hand-sewn blankets and quilts for 80 children
  • Lee Knapp, United Mechanical Inc. and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department – Sponsored Stocking for Kids and gifted 300 stocking to children in our care
  • Toys for Tots – Donated hundreds of gifts
  • Young Professionals led by Sarah Newcomb of Lee County – Adopted six families
  • Fiddlesticks Ladies Golf Association – Hosted their annual Santa Ball tournament and presented our kids with 75+ personally selected and beautifully wrapped gifts
  • Kelly Greens Community – Held several toy drives and presented our families with scores of wonderful presents for children
  • BB&T Bank – Gifted presents for kids
  • Lee County Port Authority – Donated 30 e-learning tablets, food for families and gifts for 100 children

Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center students gain advantage with donated tablets

In December 2016, the officers of Lee County Port Authority won the hearts of children, parents and the staff when it donated 30 state-of-the-art e-learning tablets during a special visit to the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center just before Christmas with Santa in tow. Two months later, teachers are putting the devices through their paces to affect positive learning outcomes for the students at the Child Care of Southwest Florida early learning facility for years and even lifetimes to come. 


Exciting endeavors on the horizon for 2017

  • We've been actively engaged with the departments of early learning at FSW and FGCU, including participation as contributors and as a panelist in FSW’s early learning ground breaking cost study.
  • Child Care of Southwest Florida is excited to participate in Lee County Public School District's Vision 20/20, a strategic plan with a strong commitment to private and public collaboration in early learning initiatives.
  • The Lee County Public School District approved CCSWFL to become an Early Head Start site at our P.A. Geraci Center in Dunbar.
  • Our recent community participation in local events includes:
    • In January, 160 children from Lee County schools attended the STEM Tour event. As a sponsor, CCSWFL had a hospitality tent and science experiments for the kids and families.
    • Our CEO, Carol Conway, recently presented at Home Depot’s South Florida Women in Leadership Conference, with 450 women from South Florida in attendance.
    • Our centers are full and bustling with children, activities and community engagement events.

NEW! DCF Training Requirements effective August 1, 2016

View the time frames for compliance and list of courses required and how to register for courses.


We have offered exam sessions at RCMA Krome Child Development Center since September 24, 2016.

To register to take exams at this location go to or call 1-888-352-2842


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