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Episcopal Children's Services is a recognized leader in early childhood education serving more than 50,000 children and their families in seven counties in Northeast Florida – Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St John's. Established in 1966, and celebrating our 50 year anniversary in 2016, Episcopal Children's Services was named the "Third Largest Nonprofit in Northeast Florida" by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

We are a nonprofit organization that uses research and best practices to help families ensure their children enter school ready to learn. Our talented, dedicated teachers and staff proactively work with under served children from birth to age five and their families to build a strong educational foundation. It is a "whole" child approach - helping kids grow intellectually, emotionally and socially. Research shows that 90 percent of cognitive development occurs before the age of five. We believe that educating a child improves their future success and strengthens the entire community!

Because of Episcopal Children’s Services history of strong financial management and related infrastructure, 100% of your monetary donations go directly to provide programs, social and emotional help for the children and families we serve. Any amount you can share will be greatly appreciated and put to good use right here at home in Duval and surrounding counties.

Please consider a donation today. All donations are 100% tax deductible!  



Breaking News!

Episcopal Children’s Services has been awarded the Head Start/Early Head Start grants for Alachua (EHS only), Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lake, Levy and Marion Counties by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).   The comprehensive services will serve the needs of eligible children and families from pregnancy to entrance into kindergarten.

We are actively recruiting children and families to enroll in our programs and staff to implement those same programs.  Please call 1-800-745-4836 for information on the Head Start/Early Head Start programs. 

Please visit our Employment page to view and apply for vacant positions.


How Do I Register My Child For VPK?

All VPK registration is done entirely online,

For more information about the VPK Program, click here

No computer, scanner, and/or smartphone? Call our Central Office (Jacksonville) at 904-726-1500 and ask for the VPK department to schedule an appointment.


How Do I Apply for School Readiness Services?

School Readiness Services, also known as subsidized child care, is available in Clay, Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Putnam and St. Johns Counties through Episcopal Children’s Services. However, families must qualify and there is often a wait list, so it is important that you apply as soon as possible. 

To apply for School Readiness Services, please click on the following link:

To learn more about the School Readiness Program, please click here.


Questions About Child Care? 

Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Specialists have the answers! Call us today to talk with one of our experienced child care professionals. We help our families find child care that is easily accessible, educational, safe, and affordable through Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) - a free service offered to you by the Office of Early Learning. To learn more about services offered through the Child Care Resource & Referral Program, click here

The ECS Child Care Resource & Referral Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 except for legal holidays. Click here for office locations. 

To speak with a CCR&R Counselor, call us today!

Baker County: (904) 259-4225
Clay County: (904) 213-3939
Nassau County: (904) 432-0009 ext. 2626
Bradford County: (904) 964-1543
Putnam County: (386) 385-3450
St. Johns County: (904) 770-2565

Toll free: 1-800-238-3463

Administrative Office: (904) 726-1500 Fax: (904) 726-1516





by Dr. Radut