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Our Mission

The mission of the ESC is to develop a comprehensive early childhood system of high-quality services for children from pre-conception to age five that engages families, promotes resiliency and supports positive early childhood development.


We envision a community in which all babies are born healthy, all children experience safe and nurturing relationships, and all children are kindergarten ready.

Our mission is critical because:

  • 11.8% of babies born in Shelby County have a low birth weight.
  • 24% of children in Shelby Country are in poverty.
  • 67% of children entering Kindergarten in Shelby County are not at the appropriate reading level.
  • The infant mortality rate is 8.2 per 10,000 births in Shelby County