Early Development Services has experienced tremendous growth since the opening of it’s first little facility.
In 1998, Avondale Child Development Center opened in a renovated house in Seaside to serve 44 children ages 2 years to entry of kindergarten. In 2000, Avondale added an infant/toddler program to their preschool facility to provide convenience for families as well as keep young siblings connected.
In 2001, we received a contract from the California Department of Education, Child Development Division to provide quality child care services to income qualified families. Over the course of the next two years, the demand for our infant/toddler program far exceeded our capacity. In order to meet this demand, we located an additional facility in Seaside and opened the first and only specialized infant/toddler development facility on the Monterey Peninsula in December 2002. As part of this expansion process, the original child development center incorporated under the name of Early Development Services, Inc and received another contract for services from the Child Development Division.
By the end of 2003, the original Avondale Child Development Center had been relocated to Hayes Education Center and expanded to serve 118 children ages two years to 5th grade. As a whole, the newly formed agency served 160 children and their families each day.
In 2006, EDS acquired an additional Seaside location on the Highland Elementary School Campus and an increase in our funding to subsidized families. Highlands Early Education Center opened in August 2006 making it possible for families to receive services of child care and elementary schooling in one location. Highlands serves 34 children ages 2 years to entry first grade.
The philosophy of Early Development Services, Inc. is based on a set of strongly held beliefs
- We believe children have the right to a nurturing, safe environment where they can feel comfortable and secure.
- We believe in developing the “whole child” – social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative and that the agency staff have the responsibility to provide opportunities for this development to occur.
- We believe children have to develop socially in order to be prepared academically.
- We accept each child as a unique and worthy individual with a pattern of growth, personality, learning style, and family background which is respected and valued.
- We provide developmentally appropriate activities that focus on the process of learning and help children enjoy successful experiences.
- We strive to provide each child the opportunity to appreciate sameness and difference.
- We strive to create a mutual respect between home caregivers and center caregivers.
- We support and celebrate ethnic and family diversity.
We provide services to over 400 families
In 2012, our agency budget now exceeds $4 million annually and provides services to over 400 families on the Monterrey Peninsula with a broad range of services including subsidized and full cost early education programs, resources for families, as well as professional support and advising for early childhood professionals throughout the county. As we continue to grow, we look forward to seeing how what we do changes the face of our community and creates opportunities for relationship building in early care and education.