Mission: To create opportunity so that the children we serve can achieve their full potential.
Programs: The school readiness (sr) program provides comprehensive educational and support services. Ecs has impacted about 3814 children and 322 child care providers as well as answering over 36000 calls from the community. Children enrolled in the sr program receive free or reduced child care from high-quality providers developmental screening assessments and individual interventions for identified concerns. Ecs's staff helped child care providers with 1390 technical assistance visits 1034 training and 2224 training & technical sessions to help education providers with best pracftices and methods to provide the highest of care and teaching. Ecs is the sr provider to baker clay nassau bradford putnam and st johns counties in northeast florida.
ecs operates the voluntary pre-kindergarten (vpk) program for children in 6 north florida counties via the elc of north florida. The program provides high quality educational services to children in the years preceding kindergarten to ensure they enter school prepared. Participating providers implement evidence-based curriculum in their classrooms and children are assessed for kindergarten readiness on entering kindergarten. These efforts have led to about 5037 chidlren tested each year. In 20142015 monitored 124 providers who served about 5037 children. Ecs's role is to support the providers with appropriate curriculum and training.
head start is a comprehensive child care program that fosters the educational health and social-emotional development of preschool children. Head start targets low-income children who are at risk for decreased kindergarten readiness and eventual school failure. Early head start similarly targets the well-being of low-income infants toddlers and pregnant women. This year 478 head start and 339 early head start children and 45 pregant women were served by these programs. Ecs provides head start services in clay nassau baker and bradford counties and early head start services in duval and bakere counties in northeast florida.
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.