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We are Episcopal Children’s Services.

Episcopal Children’s Services helps underserved children in Northeast and Central Florida build a strong foundation for educational success. Working with children from birth to age 5 – the most critical years for cognitive development – ECS’s dedicated teachers and staff use curriculums based on the latest research and best practices to help families ensure their youngsters enter school ready to learn.

A recognized leader in early childhood education for more than 50 years, ECS serves over 50,000 children and their families in 14 counties: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St John’s, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Citrus, Gilchrist, Dixie and Levy. We believe that educating a child not only improves their odds for success but also strengthens the entire community.

ECS programs use a “whole child” approach that helps kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. We also provide resources and training to caregivers in order to enhance access to high-quality childcare.

Recently recognized as the “Third Largest Nonprofit in Northeast Florida” by the Jacksonville Business Journal, Episcopal Children’s Services has a history of strong financial management and transparency. If you choose to support ECS, 100% of your monetary donation will go to support our programs . Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use helping us serve children and families in our local communities.

How Do I Apply for VPK or School Readiness Services?

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) and School Readiness services (also known as subsidized child care) are programs 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 waitlist, so it is important that you apply as soon as possible.

All registration is done entirely online.

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

Questions About Child Care? 

Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) specialists have the answers! Call us today to talk with one of our experienced child care professionals. We help our families find child care that is easily accessible, educational, safe, and affordable through Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) – a free service offered to you by the Office of Early Learning. To learn more about services offered through the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) program, click here.

The ECS Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for legal holidays. Click here for office locations.

To speak with a CCR&R Counselor, call us today!

Baker County: 904-259-4225
Clay County: 904-213-3939
Nassau County: 904-432-0009, ext. 2626
Bradford County: 904-964-1543
Putnam County: 386-385-3450
St. Johns County: 904-770-2565

Toll free: 1-800-238-3463

Administrative Office: 904-726-1500 Fax: 904-726-1516