Feature Stories Archives - Educational First Steps


Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS), is a leading quality improvement system for teaching that helps measure and improve classroom interactions — a key factor proven to drive children’s academic and life-long success. CLASS not only defines teaching quality through the lens of interactions, it provides the ability to measure and improve the…

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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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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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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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The Culture Club & How it Helps the Kids We Serve

How volunteers are making a difference in young children’s lives through yoga, cooking, math and science….

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