Helping Families Ensure Their Children Enter School Ready to Learn

About Episcopal Children’s Services

VISION STATEMENT:

ECS will be a recognized leader in early childhood education and a 501(c)(3) with a strong entrepreneurial spirit that uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn.

MISSION:

The mission of ECS is to create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential.

PHILOSOPHY:

At ECS, we believe in:

  • Physical health
  • Approaches to learning
  • Social and emotional
  • Language and communication
  • Cognitive development and general knowledge
  • Motor development
  • Parents as the first and primary educators of their children. We encourage and support family and community involvement. The potential for learning is greatest during the early years of a child’s life, and every possible learning opportunity should be provided to children at the earliest possible age. Children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development is enhanced through the provision of the comprehensive services that ECS provides.
  • Nurturing, stimulating, safe, and fun-filled environments that are print rich, orderly, and sanitary provide optimal learning environments. Teachers are responsive and nurturing with each child to establish trusting and secure relationships.
  • Treating children as individuals in an environment that supports and promotes respect, trust, fairness, and diversity is key. It’s important to enable children to reach their full potential and to become enthusiastic lifelong learners – emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. Through guided experiences and discovery oriented approaches, teachers support a continuum of growth and development for each child, promoting the ability to become reflective problem solvers at a young age.
  • Balancing child-focused and teacher-facilitated learning experiences that support children’s continuous physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development. We utilize a curriculum that builds a foundation for school readiness for infants, toddlers, and 3- to 5-year-olds by integrating the Florida Developmental and Learning Standards, which include:
    • Supporting and integrating research that shows the early years are the most important years for learning.
    • Incorporating into the curriculum, and professional development training of staff, sensory-stimulating activities and environments to promote healthy brain development.
    • Evaluating children’s development and using data to inform instructional design and implementation.
    • Searching for, and learning about, research-based strategies and best practices in the field of early education to provide best educational practices.