Educational First Steps (EFS) creates and supports high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five. EFS transforms existing childcare centers into nationally accredited preschools in a period of 36 months 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.
Our signature program, Four Steps to Excellence 2.0, guides participating centers through an incremental four-step process working towards accreditation. The program promotes an open dialogue and strong relationship between center directors, teachers, and Educational First Steps.
Through mentoring, formal training and enrichment – both in centers’ own classrooms and in our leading-edge classrooms at our new headquarters facility – we provide centers with the proven tools and techniques needed to achieve accreditation.