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Who We Are

At Educational First Steps, we are a nonprofit organization that shows caregivers of at-risk children how to create high-quality early learning environments. Since 1990, we have equipped the people who care for children in poverty – in preschools, daycare centers and homes – with proven tools and techniques that transform caregiving into teaching.

Through our Four Steps to Excellence 2.0 program, we transform existing daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods into nationally accredited preschools. We do this at no cost to centers or teachers.

Currently, Educational First Steps serves approximately 8,200 at-risk children and over 1,000 educators in the 560 classrooms that comprise the 103 partner centers and more than 60 home based care providers that EFS partners with across North Texas, including Dallas, Tarrant, Johnson, Collin, and Denton counties.

By creating more impactful early learning experiences, Educational First Steps is preparing more children for school and life success. It’s a smart investment – for all of us.