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  • 10320 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • (239) 481-2100
  • 10320 Gladiolus Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908
  • (239) 481-2100

PARENTS

“Brayden and Bryce Gibson have been attending Gladiolous Learning Center for a year. We have been very impressed by the love and care the teachers and directors show our boys. Bryce and Brayden have thrived academically and continue to grow and learn new social skills. Gladiolus is conveniently located in front of Bryce’s school, Heights Elementary, which makes drop off and pick up a breeze for us. When Bryce gets home from aftercare at Gladiolus, most of his homework has been completed, so all we have to do is review it and continue to practice the skills he’s learned at school.”

-Cherry Gibson

Our Infant program provides a warm, loving, welcoming environment where babies can grow from a precious newborn to a curious crawler and active walker. Our Infant teachers are nurturing child development professionals who are focused on creating unique experiences and learning opportunities that allow exploration and support all areas of development that occur during a baby’s first year of life.  All children receive personalized care based on their needs and areas of development.  Gladiolus Center keeps babies happy, engaged, and secure.  Parents are valued as the child’s first teacher, and relationships between staff and parents are essential.

Our Toddler and Twos programs focus on the one and two year olds’ curiosity led with hands-on exploration and social interaction.  We provide a safe, interactive area which allows ones and twos to learn about their expanding world. Children are guided through daily learning experiences by our early childhood development professionals.  This program allows the child to grow and learn in all developmental areas while having fun, with a focus on building self-confidence, fostering independence, encouraging social skills, and intellectual development.

Preschoolers enjoy hands-on activities which allow them to discover, explore, and investigate the world around them. Preschoolers are active and involved while participating in center type activities appropriate for their age and stage of development.  These centers allow children to expand their skills, gain new knowledge and question; why, how, who, what, and where.  Our early childhood professionals purposely design learning environments which help students grow, learn and thrive in a developmentally appropriate setting.

Our VPK program focuses on preparing children for public school.   Children enter our program at various developmental levels.  We assess the child when they enter our program which allows us to narrow our focus on individual goals for each child.  Pre-academic areas such as literacy, math, science, are covered along with areas such as art, music, social and emotional development, and health and wellness. The Creative Curriculum provides a child-centered approach which exposes children to a diverse compilation of learning activities and areas of child development, creative thinking, problem solving, investigation, decision making, and empathy toward others.

Before and After School Programs allow children to receive care before the start of the public school day, and after the last bell has rung.  We provide a supportive space for children to complete homework and other assignments while guiding them and leading them as mentors.  Our goal for our school-age program is to ensure all children are gaining knowledge, developing a sense of success, learning positive character traits, and how to interact with others.

We value community relations and provide students the opportunity to interact and learn through area organizations educational outreach programs.  Most days that public school is closed, we offer full programs including activities, education, sports and fitness, breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Our children learn to work together in our close-knit family-style program.

How We Do It

We maintain Gold Seal Accreditation which requires us to keep a lower staff-to-child ratio and other strict requirements that the Department of Children and Families require.  By providing the lower ratio, we are able to give each child quality individual attention.  The Guidelines for Gold Seal Providers vary greatly, dependent upon the Accrediting Agency used.  We are an APPLE-accredited center which requires us to abide by the guidelines below. At Gladiolus Learning & Development Center, we require our teachers to take a minimum of 24 hours of training per calendar year.  All of our teachers are required to hold current first aid and CPR certifications.

Classroom instruction includes the following:

  • Language development
  • Social development
  • Gross motor development
  • Rhythm and music
  • Creativity development
  • Cognitive development
  • Assessing and observing children

We abide by the 35-square foot space needed per child in the classroom, and 75-square foot per child for outdoor space.
English proficiency is attained by immersion in the English language.  Parent University was developed to assist our parents in learning the English language.  Currently, this program is being run at the Heights Center, in conjunction with volunteers from Zonta of Sanibel/Captiva.

IMPORTANT NOTICES!

Tuition
Please make sure your tuition payments are current and paid within the terms of enrollment. Please visit, call or email our Office Manager, Lisa Hurtado, to confirm your payment or ask any questions.

Health Documents
Also, please be sure your child’s immunization and physical exam forms are updated with our front office. Physical forms are valid from the day they are received for two years. Immunization forms have a specific expiration date and need to be updated before your child is enrolled in Kindergarten through the Lee County School District.

Where to get the forms or vaccination help?
Your pediatrician or the Lee County Health Department which provides both immunizations and forms.
http://leecountyhd.org/index.php/comm/child-immunization-clin/

2017-18 VPK ENROLLMENT OPEN
If you live in Lee County and your child turned 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, your child is eligible for the VPK program in Lee County. If your child is 5 years old and has never been enrolled in VPK, parents and guardians may enroll their child.

Call (239)481-2100 for registration process.