Our Mission Archives - Educational First Steps

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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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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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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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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Spring Has Sprung! School Gardens Offer Children a Learning Wonderland

Easy ideas and tips for nature exploration with children…

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