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LeeCares program funds scholarships for day care children impacted by COVID-19

United Way is partnering with Lee County Government to distribute CARES funding to eligible childcare providers across our community. Gold Seal Providers, 3.5 + Composite Score Providers, municipalities, and United Way partner agencies are eligible to receive funding to scholarship children whose families have been impacted by COVID-19.

The program will run until Aug. 14, or until the funds have been exhausted.

According to United Way:

Families must have a proven loss of income or job as a direct result of COVID-19. Families interested in benefiting from the program must complete an application with their chosen provider. Fully completed applications must be turned into the provider with a copy of the applicants Drivers License or ID, and documentation showing loss of income or employment as a direct result of COVID-19. The intent of the scholarship is to provide families returning to work or who have experienced cut wages as a result of COVID-19 assistance with childcare. Applications are being reviewed actively and providers will be directly notified of approval status of applications. Please do not contact United Way directly for an update on your application or to request an application.

Please note that if you are currently not registered with your selected childcare provider, enrollment documentation and application may be required.

Funding will be awarded with a cap of $1,250. The funding duration will depend on the specific childcare facility your child is enrolled in.

Below is a list of providers who are currently enrolled in the program. Please note some programs may not currently be open or have capacity. Additional provider enrollment documents may be required. Please call your selected provider to find out more information.

This list may change so please visit for the latest updates as we add more providers. General program questions may be sent to [email protected].


Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Bonita Springs, 239-334-1886, Status: 15-Jun

Growing Room Childcare Development Center, Bonita Springs, 239-495-0045, Status: Open

YMCA – Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, 239-221-7560, Status: 8-Jun


Kid’s World Preschool, Cape Coral, 239-573-7233, Status: Open

YMCA – Cape Coral – 239-275-9622- 8-June

Wellington Academy NC – Cape Coral – 239-574-8818, Status: Open

Wellington Academy SC – Cape Coral – 239-549-8818, Status: Open

Cape Child Development, Cape Coral, 239-424-3858, Status: Open

All Aboard Daycare, Cape Coral, 239-574-2904, Status: Open


New Horizons of SWFL, Estero, 239-948-4146, Status: 8-Jun


Alliance for the Arts- Musical Theatre Intensive Camp, Fort Myers, 239-939-2787, Status: 6-Jul

Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Fort Myers, 239-334-1886, Status: 15-Jun

Child Care of SWFL – P. A. Geraci Child Development Center, Fort Myers, 239-337-4995, Status: 1-Jun

Child Care of SWFL -Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center, Fort Myers, 239-278-1148, Status: Open

Child Care of SWFL – The Children’s Learning Center, Fort Myers, 239-267-1136, Status: 1-Jun

City of Fort Myers – Billy Bowlegs, Fort Myers, 239-321-7545, Status: 8-Jun

City of Fort Myers – Shady Oaks, Fort Myers, 239-321-7545, Status: 8-Jun

City of Fort Myers – STARS, Fort Myers, 239-321-7545, Status: 8-Jun

City of Fort Myers – Riverside, Fort Myers, 239-321-7545, Status: 8-Jun

City of Fort Myers – Skatium, Fort Myers, 239-321-7545, Status: 8-Jun

Creative World Estero- Fort Myers- 239-415-7845, Status: Open

Creative World Gateway- Fort Myers- 239-208-8842, Status: Open

Growing Room Development Center II, Fort Myers, 239-466-6646, Status: Open

I WILL Mentorship, Fort Myers, 239-666-8171, Status: 16-Jun

The Heights Center, Fort Myers, 239-482-7706 ext. 1060, Status: Open

YMCA – Fort Myers, Fort Myers, 239-275-9622, Status: 8-Jun

Montessori School of Fort Myers- Fort Myers – 239-936-4515, Status: Open

Bobbie Noonan Childcare at Fort Myers – Fort Myers- 239-939-2255, Status: Open

Wellington Academy FM – Fort Myers – 239-275-8818, Status: Open

Jackson Family Childcare- Fort Myers – 239-770-8336, Status: Open

Bestday Child Care Center- Fort Myers- 239-437-1902, Status: Open

Bright Beginnings Early School- Ft. Myers- 239-433-2232, Status: Open

Happy Time Learning Academy, Ft. Myers, 239-851-8402, Status: Open

Kim’s Happy Time Child Care, Ft. Myers, 239-851-8402, Status: Open

Challenged Minds Learning Center- Fort Myers, 239- 275-2031, Status: Open

Kendrick Family Daycare – Fort Myers, 239- 337-7188, Status: Open

Health Park Child Dev Center, Ft. Myers, 239-343-6130, Status: Open

Lee Memorial Child Dev Center, Ft. Myers, 239-343-3098, Status: Open


Deana’s Country Kids- North Fort Myers, 239-995-2293, Status: Open

Faith Academy- North Fort Myers- 239-543-0804, Status: Open

Good Shepard Lutheran Church & School- North Fort Myers- 239-995-7711, Status: Open


Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Fort Myers Beach, 239-334-1886, Status: 15-Jun

City of Fort Myers Beach Summer Camp, Fort Myers Beach, Status: 15-Jun


Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Lehigh, 239-334-1886, Status: 15-Jun

Child Care of SWFL – The Community Children’s Center, Lehigh, 239-369-2220, Status: open

Open Doors Preschool, Lehigh, 239-303-1944, Status: Open

YMCA – Lehigh, Lehigh, 239-275-9622, Status: 8-Jun

Loving Hands – Lehigh – 239-303-5858, Status: Open


City of Sanibel Recreation Center, 239-472-0345, Status: June 15

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