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Partner Center Spotlight | Denton Christian Preschool

For our next Partner Center Spotlight, we are excited to introduce to you, EFS Partner and Denton Christian Preschool (DCP) Executive Director, Alicia Blanca. Alicia has been with DCP for about 22 years, starting out as a cook and janitor and eventually serving in every position until she was brought…

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Celebrating Accreditation | Olive’s Lil Angels Learning Center

Cedar Hill, TX, October 13th, 2022 – Olive’s Lil Angels Learning Center (OLALC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a superior preschool and early childhood development program that serves children ages six weeks to 12 years old. Founder Shaneka N. Hogg, started the program in her Cedar…

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News Release | EFS Ranked Top 10 Places to Work in Texas

Educational First Steps Ranked Top Ten among Best Companies to Work for in Texas Dallas, Texas, October 7th, 2022 – Educational First Steps (EFS) was ranked #9 among the Best Companies to Work for in Texas, a survey and awards program recognizing the top workplace cultures. Rankings were announced Thursday…

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Partner Center Spotlight | Saintsville Baptist Academy

It is month three of the Monthly Partner Center Spotlight and we are thrilled to share this interview with EFS Partner and Saintsville Baptist Academy Center Director, Shirley Pace. Saintsville Baptist Academy has partnered with EFS since August 2013, and Shirley and her family have been a part of the…

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Partner Center Spotlight | Happy Days School

It is month two of the Educational First Steps (EFS) monthly Partner Center Spotlight, and we are proud to feature Center Director Dee Merrit at Happy Days School in Garland. Happy Days School has been partnered with EFS since March 2016, and Dee has been their Center Director for twelve…

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Celebrating Re-Accreditation | El Kinder Bilingual Academy

Dallas, TX, August 16th, 2022 – El Kinder Bilingual Academy is an award-winning, bilingual childcare center for children ages 18 months to 5 years.  El Kinder has partnered with Educational First Steps since 2003 when they achieved their National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Certification. As of July 21st, 2022, El Kinder Bilingual Academy reached another…

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Partner Center Spotlight | 2nd Step Daycare & Learning Center

Educational First Steps (EFS) is launching its monthly Partner Center Spotlight, a video interview series featuring the business owners and directors behind the small businesses and early education centers that EFS partners with throughout North Texas. The purpose of this series is to highlight the work done by their partners,…

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Back to School with EFS

  Can it really be that time of year already?? Schools throughout DFW are just one month away from students returning to the classroom, and we need your help to make this year the best yet. As summer comes to a close, we want to ensure all partner centers, directors,…

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News Release | EFS Welcomes New Board Members

Educational First Steps Welcomes Five Board Members with the Launch of Their New Fiscal Year  Dallas, TX, June 28th, 2022 – Starting June 1st, 2022, the Educational First Steps (EFS) board of directors welcomed five new members; continuing their mission to “create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite…

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News Release | EFS Early Childhood Conference

Educational First Steps Impacts Over 1,750 North Texas Educators Through Its Annual Early Childhood Conference  Dallas, TX, May 5th, 2022 – This past month, from April 25th to April 29th, local Dallas nonprofit, Educational First Steps (EFS) hosted its annual Early Childhood Conference themed: Changing Times, New Beginnings. Sessions featured…

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News Release | EFS and Dallas College Federal Work Study Program

          Educational First Steps and Dallas College partner up to address current early childhood education workforce crisis   Dallas, TX, April 11th, 2022 – Child development centers across North Texas are facing an unprecedented teacher shortage crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis risks a devastating…

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News Release | Diving Deep with Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban talks education and entrepreneurship at evening benefit supporting Educational First Steps on February 22, 2022 Dallas, TX, December 10, 2021 – Educational First Steps (EFS) and event co-chairs Wasan Alfalahi and Tiffany Cuban proudly announce “Diving Deep with Mark Cuban,” a benefit scheduled for 6:30 PM CST on…

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News Release | Wendy Mogel

Educational First Steps presents psychologist and New York Timesbest-selling author Dr. Wendy Mogel as Munson Lecture Series final speaker on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Dallas and Fort Worth TX, March 3, 2021 – Vickie Allen, President & CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth’s  Educational First Steps (EFS), has announced that Dr. Wendy Mogel will headline…

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EFS in the News

Access news coverage about Educational First Steps. How are women navigating the pandemic economy? With flexible schedules, paid time off and other help — if they can get it | 01/17/2021 By Mitchell SchnurmanDallas Morning News “Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to award $275,000 in grants to help nonprofits responding to COVID-19”…

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John Quinones, host/producer of “What Would You Do?”, to present second Munson Lecture on Jan. 12, 2021

 Dallas and Fort Worth TX, Dec. 8, 2020 – Vickie Allen, Executive Director for Dallas/Fort Worth’s Educational First Steps (EFS), is pleased to announce John Quinones as the headlining speaker for the second installment of the Munson Lecture Series, a three-part virtual event series that focuses on themes of Equity,…

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EFS Publishes 2019-2020 Impact Report

Educational First Steps published a 2019-2020 Impact Report, providing an organizational summary, timeline, by the numbers overview, and update on its Dallas/Fort Worth COVID-19 Childcare Relief Fund. The full report can be accessed and downloaded here….

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EFS Announces Munson Lecture Series

Equity, resilience, and independence headline inaugural three-part Munson Lecture Series from Educational First Steps, launching November 10, 2020 Nationally -renowned speakers will offer thought-provoking commentary during three virtual events in November, January and March to honor EFS co-founder David Munson, Sr. Dallas, TX, (October 13, 2020) – Educational First Steps(EFS)…

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