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Messina 2014 (41) Playground schedule a tour

Playing outdoors has a positive impact on how children learn and develop. Playgrounds offer children a wonderful opportunity to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way – while having fun! With your help, we can keep our kids’ outdoor learning places up to date and in good repair to keep them active and continue learning outdoors. To give a gift toward playgrounds,
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focus on four

Child Care of Southwest Florida implements Focus on Four initiative

Focus on Four is a continuation of the school year program and is available for students who have completed the VPK year with us. If you are interested in continuing your child’s education over the summer, please contact your director as there is limited space available. 

 Child Care of Southwest Florida  partners with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

At several of our centers, children in our after-school program participated in activities once a week introducing them to personal economics, the importance of economic exchange and how members of our community benefit from and contribute to community’s successes. The Junior Achievement program will be returning to us during our camp session this summer. Read more >>

Black History Month came alive for children at P.A. Geraci 

Each classroom celebrated a different African American innovator who left an indelible mark on our country. Through games, songs, acting, gardening and more, children learned about Jackie Robinson and George Washington Carver as well as others who aren’t as well-known — like Dr. Patricia Bath, the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent; Sarah Boone, the inventor of the ironing board; and Granville Woods, who made key contributions to the development of the telephone. 


We were excited to partner with Gartner to host our inaugural United Winter Olympics last month at The Community Children's Center in Lehigh Acres. Dozens of children from the center along with students from the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center in Fort Myers participated in a Winter Olympics-style field day. “We thought with the start of the Winter Olympics, why not do something fun with our kids. Not only are they playing, but they are learning about good sportsmanship, taking turns, and being a leader. There are all sorts of opportunities within these games that continue their education and learning outside of the classroom,” said Tina Parsons, Business and Community Development Director for Child Care of Southwest Florida.The program came together with the help of United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties as part of their Day of Caring, a year-round program that connects groups with agencies in need of assistance.

Our United Winter Olympics was a huge hit not only with the children but everyone in attendance! Click here to view more photos from the event >>

 Sanibel Sea School partners with the
Joseph H. Messina Center

Sanibel Sea School is partnering with Joseph H. Messina to bring the oceans to our center. School age and VPK program children will participate in monthly activities in the classroom and school agers will attend a monthly field trip to the Sanibel Causeway. What a better way to learn about our oceans than take the children on a day of discovery. Not only will the children get to explore Sanibel’s unique marine habitats but they will also learn how to use seine nets and scan them for the possibility of finding a seahorse, small fish and other inhabitants of the Gulf.

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