Childcare Assistance Program:

Funding for United Way childcare scholarships, and PPE supply for partnering childcare providers. Families can apply directly through a participating childcare provider. United Way staff will review the additional CARES questionnaire and, if the family qualifies, award scholarship funding directly to the childcare facility. FIND A PARTICIPATING CHILDCARE PROVIDER. Frequently asked questions. Application instructions also are available in Spanish by calling 239-533-2273 (or 239-LEE-CARES); applicants without internet access can also call the number. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Childcare of SWFL:

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.

Arts Resources

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples: The Golisano Children's Museum (C'MON) is open. Click here for hours of admission and guidelines.

Gulf Coast Symphony: has compiled free online resources from various arts organizations around the world to help fill your days with great music! Resources include BroadwayHD, MetOpera On Demand, Philadelphia Orchestra, NJ Symphony Orchestra and more!

School of Rock: the leader in performance-based music education, has launched virtual, one-on-one music lessons for its 40,000 students around the world through its School of Rock Remote program. Students will use video conferencing to meet with their skilled music instructor. For more information about School of Rock Remote and how to sign up for virtual lessons, please visit https://www.schoolofrock.com/music-programs/remote.

The Naples Players Online Classes: Utilizing a mix of Instagram, Facebook, GoToMeeting, and Zoom, The Naples Players is employing every tool available to us to continue to serve the community. Classes range from Preschool Acting to Adult Tap Classes; and teachers are both local and nationally renowned, a benefit of having virtual class.

College Admissions

National Association for College Admission Counseling – College Admission Status Update: NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Colleges

Florida SouthWestern State (FSW) College: FSW has entered stage 1 of our return to campus plan. FSW will continue to serve students remotely during stage 1. Students will be allowed to come to campus for enrollment services during stage 2. The stage 2 start date will be Monday, July 13th. Details on how students can utilize on-campus services will be provided in the coming weeks.. Please continue to follow the FSW communication channels for updates. View return to campus plan.

Distance Learning

Hodges University: Over 80% of the courses and degrees Hodges University offers are online. It's an initiative that began 25 years ago to make higher education more accessible. Until the Fort Myers and Naples campuses re-open, Hodges' faculty, staff and administrators are working remotely during regular business hours: M-F from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For the latest updates, visit: www.Hodges.edu

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida: With schools closing due to COVID-19, Junior Achievement is providing free online resources for teachers and parents to continue engaging and educating their students on the topics that matter the most. Resources are available at www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/program-resources

Educational Activities

IMAG History & Science Center: open. Click here for hours and visitor information. Advance ticket purchase is recommended as admission is limited.

Kids' Minds Matter: Beginning Monday, April 6, Kids' Minds Matter will host a virtual series to increase awareness of the importance of mental wellness throughout our region by bringing together community partners and advocates to share tips and resources for families. Segments will feature psychologists, therapists, physicians, child advocates as well as other art, mind and body professionals to help caregivers with their child's mental health. These series will be streamed live via Kids' Minds Matter's Facebook channel.

KidSail: Offshore Sailing School is launching a new KidsSail program at the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach. They are offering 3-hour private sailing lessons aboard their Colgate 26 sailboats. Check their website for details.

Learn to Sail: Offshore Sailing School is offering their 2-day and 5-day Learn to Sail courses on at private basis at 56% off the "No Lodging" rate for residents in Southwest Florida. Call 239-454-1700 for availability.

Food Resources

Blessings in a Backpack: provide weekend meal packages. Available from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the following locations: RCMA Immokalee Community School, 123 North 4th St., Immokalee; Shadowlawn Elementary, 2161 Shadowlawn Dr., Naples; Colonial Elementary, 3800  Schoolhouse Road E., Fort Myers; James Stephens International Academy, 1333 Marsh Ave., Fort Myers; San Carlos Park Elementary, 17282 Lee Road, Fort Myers; Bonita Springs Elementary, 10701 Dean St., Bonita Springs; Harlem Heights Community Charter School, 15570 Hagie Dr., Fort Myers; Tice Elementary, 4524 Tice St., Fort Myers; Boys & Girls Club of Lee County, Fort Myers, 7275 Concourse Dr., Suite 200; Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Lehigh Acres, 1262-1260 Wings Way; Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, Pueblo Bonito, Bonita Springs, 26120 Pueblo Bonito Blvd. Donations of all sizes are welcome through the donations portal at blessingsinswfl.org or via mail at P.O. Box 61402 Fort Myers, FL 33906. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Food for Lee County School District Families: Kids and teens can still get free balanced meals this summer while schools are closed! Summer BreakSpot locations are a place for kids and teens to grab a free meal with no application necessary. This year, there are thousands of meal sites - many are located at places like parks, libraries and churches and offer breakfasts, lunches, snacks or supper. Summer BreakSpot is available all summer long for kids and teens 18 and under. Dial 2-1-1, Text FOODFL to 877-877 or search the map

Lee County School District Grab & Go Meals: The Lee County School District has announced “Grab & Go” lunch and breakfast at 23 school locations between March 23rd and 27th. Breakfast and lunch will be served together in a single bag. The meals are free for anyone under 18 years of age. Each child must be present at the pick-up location to receive a “Grab & Go” bag. It is expected the meals will be eaten at home, and not the schools where they are picked up. The meals will be available for pick-up between 9:00 am, and 11:00 am at the following schools: Cape Coral Elementary, Patriot Elementary, Hector Cafferata Elementary, Tropic Isles Elementary, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, Allen Park Elementary, James Stephens Int’l Academy, San Carlos Park Elementary, Pinewood Elementary, Springs Elementary, Heights Elementary, Villas Elementary, Colonial Elementary, Fort Myers Middle Academy, The Alva School, Orange River Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Lehigh Acres Elementary, Tortuga Elementary, Riverhall Elementary, Gateway Elementary. Courtesy of Fox4

Mobile Food Pantry: Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 10:00AM until supplies run out. Fort Myers-Miracle Mile Station Thrift Store, 3954 Broadway. To help prevent the further spreading of COVID-19 groceries are being pre-packaged. All individuals are being asked to remain in their vehicles and St. Matthew's House volunteers will load each car individually.

Summer Camps

The SKY Family YMCA: June 1-August 7, 2020. Click here for details.