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Child Care of Southwest Florida collecting donations for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/10/19 1:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events

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Child Care of Southwest Florida is partnering with Venice-based Agape Flights to collect critical supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

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Diamond, Platinum sponsorships remain for Brown & Brown Insurance’s Charity Golf Outing to benefit Child Care of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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The coveted Diamond and Platinum level sponsorships remain for the Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida’s fourth annual Charity Golf Outing, which will be held Sept. 27, 2019 at West Bay Golf Club.

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All 6 Child Care of Southwest Florida centers earn 5-star rating from Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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Accreditation teams from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida have awarded five-star ratings to all six learning centers operated by Child Care of Southwest Florida.

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Fort Myers Eagle Scout designs, builds outdoor learning station

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/18/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Volunteering, Children, Community, CCSWFL News, Partners & Sponsors

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Students attending the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers now have a new water table that will enhance children’s learning and discovery.

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Two Child Care of Southwest Florida centers recognized as ‘Preferred Pre-K Providers’ in Lee County

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/12/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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The Lee County School Board has recognized two Child Care of Southwest Florida centers as Preferred Pre-K Providers for families in Lee County.

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Registration details, sponsorship opportunities for golf tournament on Sept. 27 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/29/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida has opened registration for its fourth annual Charity Golf Outing, which helps provide local children with scholarships to attend the early childhood education program at Child Care of Southwest Florida.

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Free seminar for early childhood education teachers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/19 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, CCSWFL News, Events

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Pre-school and kindergarten teachers in Southwest Florida are invited to the free Focus on Four Conference being held at Florida Gulf Coast University on Feb. 23, 2019.

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Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida charity golf tournament raises more than $30,000

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/9/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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More than 100 golfers recently came together for the third annual Brown & Brown Insurance of Southwest Florida Charity Golf Outing, raising more than $30,000 in support of Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc.

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Five Child Care of Southwest Florida locations earn five-star ratings from Early Learning Coalition

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/4/18 2:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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Child Care of Southwest Florida has announced that five of its learning centers have earned five-star ratings, the highest classification, from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. The top rating indicates that Child Care of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) is offering a safe, high-quality educational environment for the children it serves.

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Child Care of Southwest Florida opens registration for Brown & Brown Insurance charity golf tournament

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. has opened registration for the Brown & Brown Insurance third annual Charity Golf Outing, which raises life-changing scholarship funds for children within its education program.

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Child Care of Southwest Florida centers named Preferred Pre-K Providers

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/18 4:20 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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The job of getting children ready for tomorrow starts today. The School District of Lee County recognized the commitment that Childcare of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) makes to preparing young children for kindergarten by selecting two CCSWFL centers as Preferred Pre-K Providers.

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Tips for Keeping your Child Learning all Summer Long

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning, Development

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It’s summer time and the living is easy! But that’s why most children tend to fall behind in their schooling for the upcoming year. This “summer slide” refers to the way children can forget what they have learned during the previous school year over their summer break. We’re not just talking about the little things like knowing their state’s capital or how to write their name, but more important skills such as math and reading.

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Teachers: Where Would We Be Without Them?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Teachers, Education

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Early education offers children the chance to socialize with other children, learn more about themselves, learn how to problem solve, build confidence and much more. But this doesn’t happen alone – it happens at the hands of teachers!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Benefits of Gardening With Your Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/27/18 8:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Learning

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We have all heard that being outside in the fresh air has all sorts of health benefits. We have also heard that planting flowers can be therapeutic. But did you know that gardening has amazing developmental benefits for children? Gardening offers wonderful opportunities for children to play, learn and grow!

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5 easy ways to incorporate math into your child’s day

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/16/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, STREAM

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Math is everywhere. Concepts such as counting, sorting and time are involved in pretty much everything we do. That’s great news for parents, because we have lots of opportunities to give our little ones a head start and get them comfortable with math at an early age.

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10 Important Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/28/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Reading

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In his years as a cartoonist and children’s writer, Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel), created some of the world’s most famous books and illustrations, including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. But what really makes the work of Dr. Seuss noteworthy, are the valuable life lessons that can be found throughout his writing.

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How Dr. Seuss Can Help Your Early Reader

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/26/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Reading

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Did you know that Read Across America week is celebrated in the month of March? This yearly reading initiative also includes the observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Most of us grew up reading these wacky tales and have at least a few Dr. Seuss books in our own home for our little ones to read. Parents know how much fun these books are but many don’t realize how valuable they can be when teaching your child to read. So, what makes a Dr. Seuss book such a great choice for early readers?

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Tips on Teaching Children Good Sportsmanship

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/27/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Development, Family

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Parents and children alike love sports and it’s easy to get caught up in a game and become focused on winning. There is so much more to be gained from the sports experience than just winning. When children are involved in sports, they are able to learn and put into practice values that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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5 Valentine’s Day Activities for Preschoolers

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/6/18 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Activities, Holidays & Celebrations

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This Valentine’s Day, get your preschoolers excited for arts, crafts and games with these fun holiday ideas!

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Tips on Spending Quality Time With Your Child

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/29/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Family

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Let’s face it – life is busy! Between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children. Some parents even feel guilty about working full time, or choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends.
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Why Is Goal Setting Important For Children?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/18 12:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Encouraging your child to set goals is important because not only can it improve their confidence and build their self-esteem, but it also helps them focus and make better decisions. Along with this, goal setting can be used to motivate your child by ensuring that they achieve smaller goals on a regular basis. With this in mind, teach your children the importance of goal setting and how to go about it.

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Tips on Teaching your Child to Share

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development, Family

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Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them.

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STEM, STEAM And Now STREAM: What Does All Of This Mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/3/18 11:41 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Development, Activities, STREAM

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You see these acronyms everywhere but what do they really mean? It seems like now-a-days educators are always talking about STEM, STEAM, STREAM and with good reason. The importance of STEM is to educate and prepare children in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Tips on Keeping your Child Safe During the Holidays

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/4/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Family, Holidays & Celebrations

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The holiday season is a joyful and exciting time of year but it is also a time to be extra-cautious when out and about with your child. Between holiday shopping at the mall, crowded stores, airports and holiday parties, sometimes little ones can slip away. Not to worry, these preventative tips will help ensure your child’s health and safety this holiday season:

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Outdoor play in preschool: why it matters

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/27/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Play, Early Learning

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Playing outdoors is the best place for your preschooler to practice and master emerging physical skills. The outdoors can help children freely and fully experience motor skills such as running, jumping and leaping. Set up an obstacle course with old tires, large appliance boxes, and tree stumps. Moving through it will teach important concepts like over, under, through and around.

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2nd Annual Par-Tee for Tots Golf Tournament raised more than $28K for Child Care of Southwest Florida

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/17 8:28 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Donations, Community, Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, Events, Partners & Sponsors

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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, 2017 at West Bay Golf Club in Estero.

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"Helping Our Mini-Engineers" Program with United Mechanical

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 4:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Nonprofit, CCSWFL News, STREAM, Partners & Sponsors

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

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 3:54 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Community, Education, CCSWFL News, Partners & Sponsors

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Joseph H. Messina and the Community Children’s Center are partnering with Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is a local organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
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Florida SouthWestern State College hosted Pop-Up Adventure Play on Nov. 4

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 12:16 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Outdoor Activities, Community, CCSWFL News, Events

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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, 2017. 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 cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes and art materials.

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Early Learning Coalition Quality Rating Improvement System

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/8/17 11:46 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Education, Focus On Four Program, VPK, CCSWFL News

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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 quality in early childhood programs. We are pleased to announce that our centers have received 4 and 5 star ratings!

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