Supporting Families, Building Community
Here, we do more than care for children. We’re empowering families with classes, support and resources. Our comprehensive health, wellness and social services make it easy to nourish your child’s whole health. And when you can’t make it here, our outreach programs can bring important services straight to your home.
All Your Questions, Answered
We know that when parents are choosing an early learning center, they want as much information as possible. We've answered your frequently asked questions so you can make the best decision for your child and your family.
- Why is early childhood education important?
A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development. Access to early childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association.
- If I pre-register, does that mean I have a spot?
By pre-registering, families will be offered preferred status once regular registration opens. There will be a two-week window to take advantage of this preferential registration.
- Does the West Lakes Early Learning Center provide scholarship opportunities?
Tuition assistance will be provided to families in need. The amount of assistance a family receives is based on several factors, including:
- Adjusted gross family income, confirmed via a federal tax return
- Family size, including birth certificates
- Other subsidies the family may be eligible to receive
- Will the West Lakes Early Learning Center be open to families of all incomes?
Yes, our facility welcomes children from families of all income statuses.
- Are there any additional fees outside of tuition?
All fees will be explained up-front during the registration process. There may be additional fees, such as registration.
- Does the West Lakes Early Learning Center participate in Community Coordinated Care for Children (4C) services?
Yes, the center will participate in 4C services.
- What services will children have access to at West Lakes Early Learning Center?
The center will offer comprehensive services, including on-site health screenings to ensure kids are meeting their developmental milestones, health-and-wellness programs, social support and early literacy outreach in the community.
- Are meals free? Does the center accommodate special diets?
Each child will be provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Special diets will be accommodated.
- What are the hours of operation?
The center hours of operation are 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.
- Will you offer a Florida VPK Program?
Yes, we will offer Florida VPK programs.
- Will I receive daily updates and reports on my child’s progress and activities at West Lakes Early Learning Center?
Yes, the center provides the highest quality of parent communication through email notifications. Families will be connected with daily reports, pictures, weekly lesson plans, daily activities, notes from teachers and more.
- What do I need to bring with me to register?
To register, you will need to bring:
- Proof of income in the form of your most recent tax return
- Picture ID
- Proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, lease, letter from the landlord where you reside)
- Proof of legal guardianship (Legal documents regarding custody, etc. if applicable)
- Birth certificate
- State of Florida School Entry Health Exam form
- Florida Certification of Immunization Form
- $50 nonrefundable registration fee per child
- We accept cash, credit, cashier’s check, money order or personal check made out to AHFC – West Lakes ELC