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ChildrenEarly Learning Centers

ECS operates early learning centers offering full day, high quality early education for children ages six weeks to five years, including Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)

This program provides valuable information to parents about a wide range of providers, including school-based care, church affiliated programs, special needs care, weekend care, before and after school programs and summer camps.

Regional Training Institute

The Regional Training Institute provides professional development training for early childhood educators, preparing caregivers for mandatory state credentialing as a Child Development Associate (CDA). ECS has also developed and implemented an approved training class that meets the state mandated five-hour Literacy (birth to five) requirement for all child care providers.

School Readiness

Episcopal Children's Services serves as the School Readiness service provider for six counties in Northeast Florida, bringing a unified approach to the region. This also results in better starts for children, and ensures that they are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

Episcopal Children's Services organized the start-up and registration of children and providers for the state mandated Voluntary Pre-K program in five counties when the program began in 2005. Our efforts resulted in enrollment of 83 providers and over 1,800 children for the 2005 - 2006 school year.

Head Start/Early Head Start

Head Start/Early Head Start is a free program for children of families with low-incomes, providing comprehensive early learning in both center-based and home-based settings.  Episcopal Children's Services operates 30 Head Start/Early Head Start centers and a home-based program option in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Marion, and Nassau Counties, serving pregnant women and children birth through age five.

Nutrition Program

Through the provisions of cash reimbursements, Episcopal Children's Services ensures that children at its 33 child care centers and Head Start/Early Head Start sites in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Marion, and Nassau Counties receive two nutritionally balanced meals and one snack each day in their child care environment.

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Links to Early Learning is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation for early learning and development in preschool children through rich and varied learning experiences. The goal of the curriculum is to expose children to activities in a play based setting that are closely aligned to the school readiness goals of the state for both three and four year olds and Head Start Child Outcomes Framework. Every lesson is designed to achieve specific learning objectives correlated to those standards.


Episcopal Children's Services is proud to partner in this initiative by the Jacksonville Children's Commission to make a meaningful difference in Jacksonville's school readiness rates and the development of the necessary skills for children to enter school ready to learn. CoachJax! deploys teams of coaches and quality support staff into early learning centers to help directors and teachers improve the quality of their environments, teaching methods, interactions, and curricula.

For more information please contact Jeanne Dillard at (904) 726-1500 ext. 222.


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