Required Documents

Will your child be 4 years of age on or before 9/1/2021? If so, you can apply online.

Are you an expectant mother or have children ages birth to 30 months before 9/1/2021? If so, you can apply online or in person.

You may complete the pre-application and then make an appointment to complete your pre-application. The appointment will take place at the following locations: 

We are 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

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



The following documents are needed for your in order for your application to be complete:

  • Proof of age for the child (original birth certificate)
  • Proof of Income, four weeks of pay stubs for all family members including child support, TANF, SSI, or a 1040 tax return (2019)

 Additional Documentation if applicable:

  • Documentation of disability:  Early Head Start requires a copy of the IFSP.  Head Start requires the application ticket.
  • Custody papers if not the natural parent
  • Proof of pregnancy is required when applying for Early Head Start

Once the application is complete you will need to apply and obtain a VPK Voucher (4 year old ONLY) through the Early Learning Coalition. 

Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Inc
2675 Winkler Avenue, Suite 300
Fort Myers, Florida

For questions regarding any of the required documents listed above please email