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Child Care of Southwest Florida to reopen centers starting May 18

May 15, 2020
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

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 well being 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.

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 or call 239-278-1002 for more information on programs and costs.

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

* All children will undergo daily temperature checks and health screenings. Children with symptoms will be asked to stay home.

* Parents must drop off their children at the front lobby or entrance. Visitors will not be permitted to enter hallways or classrooms.

* Staff members and children ages 3 and older will be required to wear protective face masks.

* Classrooms will operate at reduced capacities based on state and federal guidance.

* Learning facilities and classroom supplies will be thoroughly cleaned nightly, while touchpoints will be sanitized throughout the day.

Child Care of Southwest Florida, Inc. 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. Visit



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