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Episcopal Childrens Services Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.