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Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida – Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. Established in 1966, and celebrating our 50 year anniversary in 2016, Episcopal Children's Services was named the "Fourth Largest Nonprofit in Northeast Florida" by the Jacksonville Business Journal. 

We are a nonprofit organization that uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff proactively work with under served children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. Research shows that 90 percent of cognitive development occurs before the age of five. We believe that educating a child improves their future success and strengthens the entire community!

Because of Episcopal Children’s Services history of strong financial management and related infrastructure, 100% of your monetary donations go directly to provide programs, social and emotional help for the children and families we serve. Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use right here at home in Duval and surrounding counties.

Please consider a donation today. All donations are 100% tax deductible!  



How Do I Register My Child For VPK?

All VPK registration is done entirely online,

Typically, the state opens registration on January 1st for the next program year.

If your child was born between September 2, 2009 and September 1, 2010, they are eligible to participate in either the 2014-2015 School Year Program (540 hours) or the 2015 Summer program (300 hours).

If your child was born between September 2, 2010 and September 1, 2011, they are eligible to participate in either the 2015-2016 School Year Program (540 hours) or the 2016 Summer program (300 hours).

No computer, scanner, and/or smartphone? Call our Central Office (Jacksonville) at 904-726-1500 and ask for the VPK department to schedule an appointment.

How Do I Apply for School Readiness Services?

School Readiness Services, also known as subsidized child care, is available in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam and St. Johns Counties through Episcopal Children’s Services. However, families must qualify and there is often a wait list, so it is important that you apply as soon as possible. 

To apply for School Readiness Services, please click on the following link:

Please note: When applying for School Readiness Services, you will be required to upload one supporting document to verify eligibility for the program. A list of acceptable proof of eligibility documents will be available in the application process. This list will vary based on the information entered in the application.

To learn more about the School Readiness Program, please click here





by Dr. Radut