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News Release | Educational First Steps to host “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” Benefit Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas

The Most Decorated U.S. Track and Field Olympian Returns to North Texas in Support of Early Childhood Education and Childcare. Dallas, TX (Jan. X, 2024) – Educational First Steps (EFS) and event co-chairs Angela Hosseini and Lupe Mora-Duarte are proud to announce the “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” benefit…

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Partner Center Spotlight | Southern Crest Learning Center

For our next Partner Center Spotlight, we are honored to feature Southern Crest Learning Center and their Director, Cecilia Henderson. Southern Crest Learning Center is a family-run childcare center licensed to serve 90 children in the Cedar Crest neighborhood of Dallas, TX. They have been in business since 1986 and…

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Teacher of the Year Spotlight | Yvonne Virden

Each spring, Educational First Steps hosts an Early Childhood Educators Conference for childcare providers and educators in our partner network. Part of the conference includes a series of awards, named after our founder Dave Munson, acknowledging leaders in the field: Director of the Year, Home-Based Provider of the Year, and…

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Grow Up Great®: PNC Foundation and Educational First Steps Show Appreciation to Early Educators Across North Texas

Early Childhood Education has faced insurmountable odds for years throughout the United States. From a lack of funding and resources to a teacher shortage crisis that has left its impact on families, small business owners, and school districts across the country. In response to the needs of the community,  PNC…

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Partner Center Spotlight | Royal Hearts Learning Center

This month, we are honored to feature our Dave Munson 2023 Home-Based Provider of the Year award recipient, Shaneda Ford, and her home-based center, Royal Hearts Learning Center. Shaneda started her journey in Early Childhood Education as a teenager working at the childcare center at her church. Throughout the course…

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In Memory of Mr. David Munson Sr.

Educational First Steps celebrates the life and memory of David Munson.  As a tireless advocate and champion for early childhood education, Mr. Munson made a transformational impact on generations of early learners.  Mr. Munson believed that every child deserved access to a quality early learning experience and the opportunity to…

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Partner Center Spotlight | Sunrise Early Learning and Development Center

This month, we are honored to feature our Dave Munson 2023 Director of the Year award recipient, Angela James-Davis, and the center that she leads, Sunrise Early Learning and Development Center. Angela first started her journey in Early Childhood Education in 1993 when she began volunteering at her son’s daycare….

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News Release | Lake Highlands Cheers on Participants at Family-Friendly GenFit Event Benefiting Educational First Steps

DALLAS, TX, May 9th, 2023 – The Lake Highlands community came together in the name of health, fitness, and early childhood education this past Saturday for the GenFit Challenge, powered by Coach Jae Coston and ForeverAthlete. The family-focused relay event featured 26 teams of parent-child duos racing through various exercises…

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News Release | Early Childhood Educators Conference Equips Local Teachers and Childcare Leaders for Success

DALLAS, TX, April 27, 2023 – Early childhood educators and childcare providers from across North Texas gathered at the Gaylord Texan Saturday, April 15th for the Annual Early Childhood Educators Conference hosted by Educational First Steps (EFS).  The DFW-based nonprofit offers the conference complimentary to educators and childcare providers within…

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Regen Horchow and Vickie Allen: Dallas’ Early Education Champions

Story and photos by Jennie Trejo with Dallas Doing Good A child’s brain is 90 percent developed – nearly fully grown – by age five. Decades of research show that a child’s experiences in the first few years have a lasting impact on a child’s ability to succeed in school…

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