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Celebrating Educators

EFS’ Teacher and Director of the Year Award Each year, Educational First Steps awards one teacher and one director with a Teacher of the Year Award and Director of the Year Award. They are nominated from 600+ educators in our partnership program of more than 100 child development centers and…

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EFS Welcomes

Rebecca Farrow Rebecca Farrow joined Educational First Steps as the Senior Director of Organizational Effectiveness in January. In this role, she will oversee the organization’s infrastructure, including risk management, quality assurance, and process improvement across the agency. Rebecca comes to us from Girls Inc. of Tarrant County, where she served…

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Creating and Transforming Quality Centers

For eight years, Educational First Steps (EFS) has served Pace & Ross Learning Center as a partner school. Through the years, six teachers have graduated from our Child Development Associate program, increasing their effectiveness as teachers in early childhood education classrooms. Our Pre-Accredited Partner Team led Pace & Ross through…

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Support Beyond the Classroom

Through mentoring, formal training and enrichment, Educational First Steps walks with center directors to help our partner centers achieve national accreditation. This is no easy feat and spans several years to accomplish. During this time, mentors spend a significant amount of time at schools and in the classrooms building relationships…

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Educational First Steps welcomes David C. Smith, Ph.D. as the Senior Director of Donor Relations

David Smith is both an accomplished educator and highly experienced development professional.  Smith joins Educational First Steps as the Senior Director of Donor Relations, after spending more than twelve years with the University of Dallas, where he was the Executive Director of Advancement Services and Operations.  Smith’s primary experience is…

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Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to Educational First Step’s Blog! Let’s think about the word “step” for a second… it means a movement made by lifting the foot and setting it down again in a new position, accompanied by a shift in the weight of the body in the direction of a new position,…

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Spark Your Child’s Love of Learning: 7 simple ways to help your child succeed this year

It takes a village to raise a child. As parents and guardians, we have to remember this when it comes to our child’s education, making sure not to solely rely on teachers for their academic success. Countless studies show that parent involvement in a child’s education is crucial. When parents…

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A Passion for Early Childhood Education: Shanta’s Story of Discovery and Purpose

Each of us can be the change we want to see in the world….

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One Thousand More Children

The number of children enrolled in EFS partner centers increased since January 2018 from 6,000 to more than 7,000 today….

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Collaborating to Ensure Equity in Education

Kym Shaw Day, Educational First Steps’ director of community partnerships, was elected this spring as chair of the Early Learning Alliance (ELA). This is great news in the effort of ensuring all children have access to quality care and early learning. ELA is a strategic alliance of more than 50…

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