Where kids learn, play and grow!
Our "The Bears" Early Learning Centers in East Collier County welcome kids ages 0 to 4. We offer full- and half-day programs, after-school care for elementary-aged children, and a summer camp program.
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
- 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.
Cubbie Bears is currently closed for renovations.
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?
Call our location directors at the numbers below. You can also request a tour.
Grizzlie Bears Center Director: Cindy Speers (239) 417-6263
Huggie Bears Center Director: Mirtha Ortega (239) 417-6265
Volunteer at the The Bears!
If you have time, we'd love your help! We need:
- Lunchtime cooks
- Lunch servers
- Naptime comforters
- One-on-one help for children during classtime
- After-school tutors
- Help with center repairs
- Summer Fun volunteers to help with our summer production of "The Bears," including stage hands, costumers and coaches to help children with their line
Don't have a lot of time during the day but still want to support The Bears? Call (239) 334-0222 and ask about the The Bears Auxiliary.