Emerson Campus

We Make Learning Fun
We are proud of our third generational continuum; a 50+ year, Jacksonville, Florida based, family-owned corporation devoted to premium service in the development of the “TOTAL CHILD.” Our convenient locations offer wholesome environments which provide continuous learning opportunities for our multi-sensory developmental approach to early childhood education.

Welcome to the Emerson Campus

Chappell’s newest center, Chappell Emerson Head Start opened in August 2014 and represents Chappell’s first experience providing Head Start services. We are in a strategic partnership with Lutheran Services Florida/Duval County Head Start and provide educational services to 80 Duval County children. Our Emerson children speak six distinct languages.
DCF License #C04DU1109

3851 Emerson Street Jacksonville, FL 32207 |  Phone: (904) 232-8649 |
Fax: (904) 551-3643

Upcoming Events

Teddy Bear Tea – San Marco

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - April 22 @ 4:00 pm

Earth Day Celebrations

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Teddy Bear Tea – Kent

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teddy Bear Tea – South

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

About Our Campus

Gayle Nicholas-Dortch
Gayle Nicholas-DortchDirector, Chappell Emerson Head Start
“Hi, my name is Gayle Nicholas-Dortch. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of seven. I am a Children’s Church facilitator and I assist in the nursery at my local church where I have been a member since 2005. I have been in the childcare field since 2004. I joined Chappell in September 2016 as an assistant teacher, promoted to assistant director in November and became Director in May of 2017. I have a National CDA, a Florida Director’s credential and an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Management.

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