ECS operates early learning centers offering full-day, high-quality early education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, including Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program.
This program provides valuable information to parents about a wide range of child care providers, including school-based care, church-affiliated programs, special-needs care, weekend care, before- and after-school programs, and summer camps.
The Regional Training Institute provides professional development training for early childhood educators, preparing caregivers for mandatory state credentialing as Child Development Associates (CDA). The Institute also offers an ECS-developed training class for child care providers that satisfies the state-mandated five-hour Literacy (birth to 5) requirement.
For more information please call 904-726-1500.
Episcopal Children’s Services serves as the School Readiness services provider for six counties in Northeast Florida. This unified regional approach results in better starts for children and ensures that they are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.
When the state-mandated VPK program began in 2005, Episcopal Children’s Services organized the start-up and registration of children and providers in five counties. Our efforts resulted in enrollment of 83 providers and over 1,800 children for the 2005 – 2006 school year. ECS has continued to be a leader in VPK and now serves over 5,000 VPK students every year.
Head Start/Early Head Start is a free program that provides comprehensive early learning services to children from low-income families. Episcopal Children’s Services operates 30 Head Start/Early Head Start centers in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy, Marion, and Nassau Counties, serving pregnant women and children from birth through age 5. A home-based Early Head Start program option is also available in those counties.
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.
Links to Early Learning is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum designed by ECS for child care providers nationally. To help build a strong foundation for early learning and development in preschool children, the curriculum provides rich and varied learning experiences that are closely aligned with both the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Florida’s school readiness goals for 3- and 4-year-olds. Every lesson targets specific learning objectives correlated to those standards. Links to Early Learning may be purchased here.
CoachJAX is a specialized team of 16, including 12 Early Learning Specialists, who work with private providers in Duval County. The goal of CoachJAX is to improve the quality of teacher/child interactions, learning environments, and school readiness for children in the community. CoachJAX works within the Workforce Development Grant in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Duval and the Kids Hope Alliance.