Information about Child Care of Southwest Florida for our community partners, sponsors, volunteers, donors and collaborators.
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Community Engagement

Highlight of the Month

More than 20 employees and family members of United Mechanical’s residential air conditioning division recently participated in a United Way Day of Caring. The team spent the day cleaning up planting beds and installing a drip irrigation system for Child Care of Southwest Florida’s Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers.

Child Care of Southwest Florida is so grateful to United Mechanical for their help and volunteerism to the cause. Special thanks to United Mechanical employees Jill Moreland and Don Pine for their project management.


United Way Partner 

About the Messina Center

Our Messina Center is home to a community garden with fresh vegetables, which has become a full circle learning tool for our children. They have learned about sustainability, healthy food, teamwork, and the importance of fruits and vegetables. By becoming engaged in nature, the children are able to see how bountiful surroundings contribute to a healthy diet and a healthy mind. The Messina Center is a nurturing, supportive environment with a passionate staff that loves to see their students thrive. 

 Child Care of Southwest Florida Events

We hold several different events throughout the year to raise money and community awareness about children's child care needs in our area. These events allow us to:

  • Serve 600 children in child care settings
  • Operate 6 child care centers
  • Conduct training for 3,626 early childhood teachers
  • Provide 7,842 competency tests
  • Expand the federal food program
  • Change the lives of countless children and families
  • Strengthen the community
  • Carry the message of the importance of early childhood education

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Thank you for supporting the Brown & Brown Inaugural Par-Tee for Tots Golf Tournament!

Brown & Brown Insurance of Naples presented the inaugural Par-Tee for Tots charity golf tournament to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida on Friday, September 16 at West Bay Club in Estero.

The four-person scramble drew the participation of 124 golfers and raised $25,000 for Child Care of Southwest Florida, whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and their families through quality early childhood education and related services to promote health and school readiness.

Along with Brown & Brown Insurance of Naples, Child Care of Southwest Florida would like to thank ABS Distributors, AV Air Pros, CIGNA, Florida Blue, LeeSar, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation, Pure, United Health Care, and Tri Circle Pavers. A special thank you to board member Bill Emo, from Brown & Brown Insurance of Naples, for his leadership.




Cara Singletary, Carol Conway, Karen Miller, and Angela Anderson 

Marshall Howard, David Miller, Carol Conway, and Dan Detrick 
Joe Gammons and Skip Leonard
Wayne Smith, Michael Jung, and Carleton Case 




Isandro Marquez, Kale Mitchell, and Joshua Whitehead

Karen Miller and Beth Lobdell

Was education important to one of your friends or family members? Are you looking for a way to honor a living person you admire, or memorialize deceased loved ones? You can leave a legacy through our Legacy Charity Donation Program that offers naming opportunities.