Established in 1974, ECCDC is a state licensed non-profit preschool for children ages 4 months to kindergarten. ECCDC provides these services in support of families working, looking for work, or for parents pursuing a higher education.  All applicants are from low-income households, the majority of which live in the Escondido area. 

Former Escondido Mayor Lorraine Boyce and Escondido resident Ruth Clothier petitioned the State of California to provide Title V funding in order to provide the opportunity for parents of young children to work or go to school.  Today ECCDC serves over 300 children at two Child Development Centers in the City of Escondido.

ECCDC provides a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective child development program which includes a full range of education, supervision, health, and social services designed to assist children and their families to maximize their full learning potential.  Early interventions include annual on-site child developmental screenings and assessments, therapeutic services for vision, hearing, dental health, physical growth & nutrition, speech, first and second language development and early childhood social-emotional competency. Each child is served two main meals and two snacks per day through the California Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP).

Founder Lorraine Boyce (right) and Board Chairman Ceci Lusky (left) visit with children in Marion’s Garden on the Boyce campus.

Founder Ruth Clothier