Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn

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 27,000 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 “Second 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.



Questions About Child Care?  Our Child Care Resource & 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 & Referral (CCR&R) – a free service offered to you by the Division of Early Learning. Our CCR&R services can help your family by providing a customized list of local child care options; information about quality child care; financial assistance strategies and opportunities; referrals to other community resources and programs. To learn more about services offered through the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program and to request Child Care Provider Listings, click here. The ECS Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for local, state, or federal holidays. For Immediate Assistance outside of our normal business hours you may also contact United Way by dialing 211 or visit

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Episcopal Children’s Services supports potential and current providers. We are available to offer information about starting a new child care business and enhancing your program. We are eager to assist providers with questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs. Please contact our provider contract services department located at 8649 Baypine Rd in Jacksonville at 904-726-1500 ext 7054


To speak with a CCR&R Counselor, call us today!
Baker County: 904-259-4225
Bradford County: 904-964-1543
Clay County: 904-213-3939
Nassau County: 904-432-0009, ext. 2626
Putnam County: 386-385-3450
St. Johns County: 904-770-2565
Toll free: 1-800-238-3463
Administrative Office: 904-726-1500
Fax: 904-726-1522

Interested in becoming a vendor with ECS?
If so, please complete the form below to be added to our vendor database.
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Open RFPs and RFQs

2024 Childcare Partnership RFP
ECS is looking for private Child Care owners and directors who are interested in taking on a
challenging but rewarding role as an Early Head Start and/or Head Start Partner. Child Care Partners
are private Child Care centers, and small community-based businesses, that take in Early Head Start
and/or Head Start children. Click the link above to learn more!

BidNet Direct Open Solicitations

Episcopal Children’s Services has partnered with BidNet as part of the Florida Purchasing Group to post bid opportunities to this site.  As a vendor, you can register with the Florida Purchasing Group and be sure that you see all available bids and opportunities. By selecting automatic bid notification, your company will receive emails once Episcopal Children’s Services has a bid opportunity that matches your company’s business. In addition, the site handles bid opportunities, RFPs, and RFQs for other member governmental agencies throughout Florida.

Episcopal Children’s Services looks forward to providing you with more bid information and simplifying the entire bid, proposal, and quote processes for everyone involved.  We appreciate your cooperation and welcome your participation.  If you need help registering, please call the Vendor Support department toll free 1-800-835-4603 option #2.

Link to the Episcopal Children’s Services open solicitations:

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Link to Vendor Registration Screen:

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