Who We Are

Our Mission


The mission of Educational First Steps (EFS) is to create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five.

Through the EFS’ signature early childhood education program, the Four Steps to Excellence, Educational First Steps provides the evidence-based training, mentoring, and comprehensive resource support, all at no cost to educators, families, and communities, needed to help childcare centers achieve national accreditation.  In turn, childcare providers provide the high-quality, high-impact care required to create and support early learning environments that help all children experience an equal opportunity for success. 

By investing in high-quality early childhood education, EFS seeks to close learning gaps for early learners, break cycles of poverty for families, and help create a brighter and more socially, economically, and racially equitable tomorrow.