In May, Educational First Steps opened our new headquarters in the Wilson District of East Dallas. The new building nearly doubles our space, allowing us to expand our contribution to those living in poverty in North Texas through early education.
Many supporters joined us for the celebration, including Educational First Steps founder David Munson; former Dallas ISD Superintendent Linus Wright and his wife, Joyce; and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
“Our vision for this new location is to accelerate the growth of our early childhood programs, focus on 21st-century learning techniques and facilitate community dialogue about the urgent issues of early education and poverty,” said John Breitfeller, Educational First Steps Executive Director.
The new 7,500-square-foot headquarters at 2815 Gaston Avenue will enable the growth and expansion of our programs and include a technology-driven training labs, model classrooms mirroring age-appropriate preschool environments, a library, a resource center and offices. The training labs, which include a group-focused instruction room, a universal classroom and a “research and reflection” room, promote 21st-century learning – forward-thinking, researched-based, hands-on experiences. With these leading-edge learning environments, Educational First Steps will provide ongoing professional development support for our Partner Center staff, including accreditation standards and Child Development Associate (CDA) certification courses in Dallas and Tarrant counties.