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 years.  

In this month’s video, watch as Dee shares about Happy Days’ partnership with EFS, the impact it has had on their center, as well as her goals for the center and her career personally. 

“What I really am striving to do is to help mentor directors into being better leaders, so that then their teachers can be better leaders for their children, and then the children become leaders within themselves.” – Dee Merrit 


For over 30 years, Educational First Steps has served the North Texas community by creating and supporting high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five. They achieve this by transforming existing childcare centers into nationally accredited preschools in a period of 36 months (about three years) at no cost to the centers or parents. By securing national accreditation, centers become true preschools, preparing children for kindergarten and beyond and placing them on a path to success. Learn more about our programming at