Information about Child Care of Southwest Florida for our community partners, sponsors, volunteers, donors and collaborators.
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Child Care of Southwest Florida 
implements "Focus on Four" initiative 

The “Focus on Four” initiative started in June 2017 and the purpose of this program is to provide 4 hours of free early education to 4-year-old children during the summer months. Thirty-three of our students enrolled in this program experienced a 95% increase in their skill set! Learn more >>

All six of our centers participate in the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) that is used by the Early Learning Coalition to improve and communicate the level of early childhood programs. We are pleased to announce that our centers have received 4 and 5-star ratings! Read more >>

 Camp United

After Hurricane Irma, our partners United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties got right to work. However, due to school closures employees had a need for childcare. We were honored to help put on Camp United! This safe and fun "camp" style childcare provided relief to United Way agency employees. We were happy to provide the staffing and curriculum needed to bring this all together.









Children's Learning Center at FSW is now certified as a Nature Explore Classroom Provider

Nature explore classrooms are a dynamic, nature-based outdoor space developed by research-based, field-tested design principles focused on youth education and whole child development. These classrooms allow children to explore and develop a connection to the natural world through engaging in open-ended play while enhancing the physical environment and adding natural beauty of a space. Learn more >> 

Children's Garden of LaBelle and Harlem Academy Child Care Center in Clewiston are participating in the ReadingPals literacy program created by the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee. Learn more >>

Annual Trike-A-Thon

The Community Children’s Center participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Annual Trike-A-Thon and helped raise more than $200! The Trike-A-Thon event raises awareness and support for the children of St. Jude and is a wonderful opportunity to help children understand the concept of giving back.

Celebrating 50 years of being a Leader in Early Childhood Education

Give a toy, bring some joy!

This holiday season we are looking for donations of unwrapped toys for infants to 8-year-olds. These gifts allow us to continue to bring joy to our students each and every day. Donations can be dropped off at our main office until Monday, December 18th. If you would like to adopt a family for the holidays, please contact Carol Conway at to make the arrangements. Visit our website for more information on holiday donations >>  

Florida SouthWestern State College hosted Pop-Up Adventure Play on Nov. 4

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Florida SouthWestern State College’s School of Education hosted a Pop-Up Adventure Play from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The event was free and open to children of all ages. Pop-Up Adventure Play events encourage children to use their imaginations and utilize everyday materials such as cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials. Learn more >> 

Joseph H. Messina and The Community Children’s Center partner with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Joseph H. Messina and the Community Children’s Center are partnering with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Starting in November, children ages 4 through 8 will participate 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. Learn more >>

We've teamed up with United Mechanical to launch "Helping Our Mini Engineers," or "HOME," to teach pre-schoolers about STEM fields. Southwest Florida children will now get the chance to learn about mechanical, electrical and plumbing concepts and careers. Read more >>

USDA Child Care Food Program serves Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes in sixteen counties in South Florida

The Child Care Food Programs are child nutrition programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objective of the programs is to provide reimbursement for meals and snacks served to children in child care settings. The end goal is to provide access to food and a healthful diet to children in need, as well as promote a healthy lifestyle through smart food choices. Learn more >>

Thank you for supporting the Brown & Brown second annual Par-Tee for Tots golf tournament!

Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida presented the second annual Par-Tee for Tots charity golf tournament to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida on Friday, Oct. 27 at West Bay Golf Club in Estero. The four-person scramble raised $28,000 for Child Care of Southwest Florida! A very special thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this event a huge success! Read more >>

Visit our Facebook page to view more photos from the event!

United Days of Caring

Thank you to United Way and their volunteers for dedicating their time and spending the day at our centers! Not only did they help us with different projects, but they also spent time with the children doing activities and interacting with them.