Who We Are

Our Mission


The mission of Educational First Steps (EFS) is to increase the number of economically disadvantaged children receiving high-quality early childhood education. 

EFS’ signature model, the Four Steps to Excellence 2.0, provides the evidence-based training, mentoring, and comprehensive resource support, all at no cost to directors and staff, that are needed to help childcare centers achieve national accreditation. 

In turn, they provide high-quality, high-impact care to children in under-resourced areas, elevating the educational experience for children in high-poverty communities.  Through this partnership with early childcare providers, Educational First Steps seeks to help at-risk children overcome generational poverty and experience an equal opportunity for success.