Episcopal Children's Services, Inc.

Rating: 4.82 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 8443 Baymeadows Road Suite 1 Jacksonville FL 32256 USA

Mission:

 

Creating opportunity for all our children to achieve their full potential.


Programs:

ECS is the School Readiness provider for six counties in Northeast Florida, brining a unified approach to the region. This results in better beginnings for children and ensures they are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.

 

The ECS Regional Institute for Early Childhood Education provides professional development training for early-childhood educators, preparing caregivers for mandatory state credentialing as Child Development Associates (CDA). ECS is now an IACET-approved provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All of our workshop attendees can acquire CEUs for each hour of successful completion of classes.

 

CCR&R provides valuable information to parents about a wide range of providers, including school-based care, weekend care, before- and after-school programs and summer camps.

 

ECS operates one child development centers offering full-day, high-quality early education, including Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

 

In 2005, ECS organized the five-county start-up and registration of children and providers for the state-mandated Voluntary Pre-K program. Since that time, we have expanded our services into an additional county, which allows us to serve 148 providers and 4,100 children.

 

ECS operates nine Head Start centers and two Early Head Start centers in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Nassau and Union counties.

 

In partnership with the Early Learning Coalition of Duval, Florida Institute of Education and Early Child Guidance, ECS is providing comprehensive early literacy and mental health services for children and families in 35 centers located in Health Zone I, Duval County. As part of the Jacksonville Journey Anti-Crime Initiative, the early childhood component is modeled upon the Head Start program – addressing the needs of the whole child. Quality support teams consisting of Team Leaders, Preschool, Infant & Toddler, Professional Development, Early Intervention, Family Involvement and Environmental Coaches assess each program, teacher and child to develop action plans for assisting growth and development in the areas of greatest need. Families are encouraged to participate in their child’s educational and mental health development through implementation of a family involvement curriculum.

 

The initiative is the vision of Mayor John Peyton and key community leaders who are interested in improving the literacy rate in Jacksonville by reaching out to the community’s youngest learners. These visionaries know that the development of language and literacy skills are necessary for children to enter school ready to learn.

 

ECS, along with other leading organizations, teams of coaches, technical assistance staff and trained volunteers, is deployed into child care centers to help directors and teachers improve the quality of their environments, teaching methods and curricula and promote the Guiding Stars of Duval.

 

The Guiding Stars of Duval, a voluntary program, was created by the Early Learning Coalition of Duval to serve as a quality-rating improvement system for early-learning centers. This quality-rating system has established guidelines for centers to help them improve their quality of care and prepare children to start school ready to learn.

 

In 2007, ECS partnered with Nemours BrightStart! and the United Way of Northeast Florida to engage people who receive school readiness services to be full participants in the early-learning experience to their children, increase parents’ training for and involvement in their children’s preschool education, and offer guidance and training in family involvement to more than 100 providers who offer s

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

ECS always puts the children and families it serves first. They are innovators and consistently raising the bar of excellence. They are highly professional in everything they do and yet maintain a warm and receiving environment for both their staff and their clients. They give careful thought to every decision they make. They understand all the unique needs of the diverse communitits they serve. All in all....they are "top drawer".

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECS is a wonderful company with great intentions of providing Northeast Florida's children with quality early childhood education. They are raising the bar for what Early Childhood Education should look like.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Episcopal Children's Services has provided to the Jacksonville Community an incredible gift to the children and their working parents. It has consistently gotten five stars for its work and organization over the years -- wonderful teachers, a step up for the inner city child and a love that permeates it all. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful organization in our community. It has meant the world to those who through not fault of there own, have been given hope.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was honored to be a member of the governing board at ECS for several years. Dedication to excellence and devotion to the children they serve is the hallmark of the staff. As laws and priorities have changed and evolved in Florida over the years, the ECS team has never wavered from their mission of service. I give ECS the highest recommendation possible.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the years, I have served on the boards of many non-profits. I have a deep and honest perspective on all functions of ECS. They have proven themselves again and again to be an exceptional in so many ways. The very fact that politics is never played (or even tolerated) at any level within the organization sets it apart immediately and certainly one of the keys that drew me to them, in the first place. The transparency within ECS creates an inherent responsibility, at all levels, to client focus and a self-monitoring process of mutual success. I am proud and grateful to be associated with a group that truly puts the child's needs and the needs of the family ahead of any other responsibility. They are an amazing group, delivering amazing services to a very needy audience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

ECS manages childcare centers for early headstart, headstart and private pay in several counties in northeast Florida. Staff are well trained and dedicated. Research into best practices, and to monitor children's progress is on going. They strive to engage the whole family in preparing the child to learn to read.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

ECS Is one of the finest organizations I have ever worked with. Their leadership and staff are dedicated without question to making the world for disadvantaged children and their parents a better place to live in. Additionally, they have been innovative in their teaching methods and processes.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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