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Grizzlie Bears and Huggie Bears

Where kids learn, play and grow!

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

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