Application Day Location

                                                                                                                                  Thank you for Thank you for contacting the Early Childhood Learning Services. The information included below answers many questions you may have about the application process.

The application period for the next school year (21-22) begins January 19, 2021. Families will be able to complete an onlinepre-application on our website:

You may complete the pre-application and then make an appointment to complete your pre-application.A family advocate will be in contact with you after you have completed an online pre-application.  You will receive instructions on how to provide us with a copy of birth certificate for your child and your copies of proof of income.

The appointment will take place the following location:

Early Childhood Learning Services

3650 Michigan Ave. Suite #4

Fort Myers, FL 33916

Completing this pre-application does NOT mean you have been accepted into the program.

We are also taking in person applications starting January 19, 2021 at the following location for SY 21-22:

James Stephens Pre-K Center- Walk-In

1111 Clotilde Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

Monday - Friday 9 am- 2 pm

Early Childhood Learning Services-By Appointment Only

3650 Michigan Ave. Suite #4

Fort Myers, FL 33916


 United Way House

26820 Old 41 Rd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135


For information call:


Lehigh Elementary- By Appointment Only

200 Schoolside Drive, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936


Sunshine Elementary-By Appointment Only

601 Sara Ave., Lehigh Acres, FL 33971



We accept applications all year.

Qualifying Requirements:

  • Head Start is a classroom-based program.
    • Children must be 4 years old by September 1.
    • Family must meet the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines or child must have a disability with an Individualized Education Plan.
  • Early Head Start is an infant toddler program.
    • Home-based and Center-based options are available for Lee County.
    • Children must be between the ages of birth and thirty months (0-30).
    • Pregnant women may also apply.
    • Family must meet the income guidelines or child must have a disability with an IFSP.


  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Income (last four weeks for all family members including child support, TANF, and SSI) or 1040 tax return (2018)
  • Custody Papers if not the natural parent
  • Proof of pregnancy is required. 

Please review the information provided on the Application Information Page