Our Mission Statement

St. John the Divine Early Learning Center, a high-quality program, is focused on providing an engaging, nurturing, stimulating, Christian environment where children develop spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. Our innovative program is enhanced with exploration in science and math and incorporates a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum.


Welcome to St. John the Divine Early Learning Center

St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church is very pleased to announce the opening of its new Early Learning Center. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Nicholas Louh, construction of the St. John the Divine (SJTD) new Church Campus on 12760 Beach Boulevard (just east of the intersection at Kernan Boulevard) began in November, 2018 and is scheduled for completion in Spring of 2020. Our Church Campus will include a sanctuary for worship services, chapel, bell tower, banquet hall, and an administrative/education building. The new SJTD Early Learning Center (ELC) will be located in the education building and is scheduled to be open by August, 2020. The campus will also include an airnasium and grassed area for sporting and outdoor activities and events, including our Greek Festival along with other community events.

The mission of St. John the Divine is to proclaim the Holy Gospel by teaching and spreading the Orthodox Christian Faith in a dynamic and welcoming community devoted to serving all people who seek a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. St. John the Divine has been a member of the Jacksonville community for more than 100 years, and it is a privilege to serve our neighbors through our new ELC. The ELC is an outreach ministry of the Church, established to provide high-quality childhood early education serving children, families and the community in a Christian environment. We will serve infants through Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), with operating hours from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions regarding our ELC, please contact us.

Register your child today!

We are currently registering for our 2020-2021 school year. Please fill out our online registration form today.

Our Vision Is Simple...

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:13-14

Preschool-aged children learn through exploring. They’re active little people who love to sing, dance, create, build and make friends. Scripture teaches us that this is exactly what God wants us to do, even as adults. In a CHRIST-centered environment, we provide our preschoolers an opportunity to learn and grow in God’s love because “Yes! Jesus loves me!”

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

As part of our mission at St. John the Divine Early Learning Center, we understand that you are your child’s greatest teacher. We want to partner with you in building the mind and heart of your child by immersing them with the fruit of God’s spirit. These fruits will be the fiber of their CHARACTER for the rest of their lives.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:10

Social development is tied to many other parts of  your child’s overall development which is why it is important to start connecting with other children at a young age. St. John the Divine Early Learning Center provides an environment where we encourage positive social CONNECTION – through pretending, playing, story time, sharing, setting boundaries, problem solving and celebrating our successes.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 

Preschool provides children with their initial exposure to learning in a classroom setting. It’s imperative this is a positive experience! St. John the Divine Early Learning Center inspires children through an engaging Christian CURRICULUM and through quality hands-on learning enabling young minds to wonder, create and innovate in a playful  environment.


Why Choose St. John the Divine Early Learning Center?

We believe each child is uniquely created in God’s image. Each child that walks through our doors will experience:

  • Christian curriculum and understanding of God’s love for them

  • Building confidence

  • Language and speech development

  • Early childhood and STEM enhanced curriculum

  • Social engagement and social interaction

  • Creative learning

  • Enhanced awareness of God’s creation and the world around them through outdoor play

  • Nurturing and safe environment

MARK 10:13-16  shares a beautiful story of parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, hugged them, taught them and blessed them. At St. John the Divine Early Learning Center, our mission is to be a place where parents want to bring their children so they enjoy that same Christ-like experience in our care.

By the time your child leaves our care to begin their next chapter in Kindergarten, we are confident they’ll be spiritually and academically prepared and ready to be a light of Christ in their new school.

Employment Opportunities

The St. John the Divine Early Learning Center is NOW HIRING full and part-time child care professionals!

St. John the Divine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or local laws.

Contact Us Today

  • St John The Divine Early Learning Center

  • 12760 Beach Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

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