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Child Care of Southwest Florida to reopen centers starting May 18-CCSWFL now accepting new student registrations

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2020) – Child Care of Southwest Florida has announced reopening plans for its early learning centers along with revised operating procedures to ensure the safety of children and staff.

The nonprofit closed its six accredited learning centers on March 27 to protect the health and wellbeing of children, teachers and parents. In the weeks since, facilities have undergone a thorough deep cleaning. Every classroom toy, book, desk and touchpoint also has been sanitized by staff.

“We used this opportunity to rearrange our classroom setups and clean every item, one at a time, so parents can feel confident sending their children back to school,” said Chris Hansen, CEO of Child Care of Southwest Florida. “The lack of affordable, high-quality child care opportunities often prevents parents from returning to work, so reopening our centers will help restart the region’s economy and begin bringing a sense of ‘normalcy’ back to families.”

The Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers and The Community Children’s Center in Lehigh Acres will reopen May 18. The P.A. Geraci Child Development Center and The Children’s Learning Center, both in Fort Myers, will reopen in subsequent weeks. Child Care of Southwest Florida has not yet announced reopening plans for Harlem Academy Child Care Center in Clewiston or Children’s Garden of LaBelle.

Child Care of Southwest Florida is accepting new student registrations. Visit CCSWFL.org or call 239-278-1002 for more information on programs and costs. Scholarship assistance is available, and nutritious meals and snacks are included at no additional charge through Child Care of Southwest Florida’s participation in the USDA’s Child Food Care Program. Waiting lists will be established for centers until they reopen.

Child Care of Southwest Florida has implemented the following safety procedures based on guidance from government leaders and health care experts:

Each of Child Care of Southwest Florida’s six centers are accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Learning Leaders and have been certified through the Gold Seal Quality Care Program of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Child Care of Southwest Florida follows the nationally recognized, research-based Creative Curriculum that builds a safe, nurturing learning environment that develops young minds, supports families, strengthens the community and secures the future.

About Child Care of Southwest Florida

Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CCSWFL) is a nonprofit early childhood education provider with six learning centers in Lee and Hendry counties that serve more than 400 children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. Each center is accredited through the National Accreditation Commission for Early Learning Leaders and is recognized as a Gold Seal Quality Care Program through the Florida Department of Children and Families. All six CCSWFL locations have five-star ratings through the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. CCSWFL follows the nationally recognized, research-based Creative Curriculum, with a goal of creating safe, nurturing learning environments that develop young minds, support families, strengthen the community and secure the future. Through its participation in the USDA’s Child Food Care Program, each child has access to a healthy, nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks. Sponsor, volunteer and donation opportunities are available. For more information, please visit ccswfl.org.