Our "The Bears" Early Learning Centers in East Collier County welcome kids ages 0 to 5. We offer full- and half-day programs, after-school care for elementary-aged children, and a summer camp program.
Our Huggie Bears Child Care and Learning Center serves kids ages 1 to 5.
Our Grizzlie Bears Child Care and Learning Center is our Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and serves kids ages 4-5.
The Bears centers offer:
- Highly trained and qualified staff
- Bilingual staff
- Recommended staff-to-child ratios
- Gold Seal Quality Care Accreditation
- Creative curriculum for early childhood care
- Activities to help prepare your child for school
- Free nutritous meals and snacks
- Pick-up from area elementary schools
- Homework help
- And more!
When are you open?
Huggie Bears and Grizzlie Bears are open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. year-round. We're closed only on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Weekend and Christmas.
Other benefits of The Bears:
We accept 4C (Community Cooperative Care for Children) subsidized care program, and we offer a free and reduced-cost meal program.
How do I enroll my child?
Take the first step today by completing a pre-registration form, and we will contact you within 24 hours.
You can also call our location directors at the numbers below. We are able to provide parents a tour of our center.
Grizzlie Bears Center Director: Cindy Speers (239) 417-6263
Huggie Bears Center Director: Amanda Stratton (239) 417-6265
Volunteer at the The Bears!
If you have time, we'd love your help! We need:
- Lunchtime cooks
- Lunch servers
- Nap Time comforters
- One-on-one help for children during class time
- After-school tutors
- Help with center repairs