What We Do
Educational First Steps shows caregivers in some of North Texas’ most impoverished neighborhoods how to create high quality early learning environments that start at-risk children on a path to lifelong success.
Our signature Four Steps to Excellence 2.0 program places childcare centers on the path to national accreditation from two of the most rigorous accrediting agencies – the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Accreditation Commission of Early Care and Education (NAC). Over a period of 40 months, participating centers can earn accreditation at no cost to them or to parents.
Along the way, Educational First Steps provides a continuum of evaluation, mentoring, training and resource services that include:
- Accreditation guidance that helps centers meet national quality standards, typically in 34-44 months
- Professional development training for home-based and center teachers on safety, positive social-emotional development, developmentally appropriate teaching techniques and center management best practices
- In-classroom mentoring that leads to hands-on mastery of best practices and national standards
- Educational tools and curricula that most centers in impoverished neighborhoods cannot afford
- Enrichment programs that expose children to exciting possibilities and experiences outside their neighborhoods and encourage parental involvement
- Enrollment services that help quality centers reach enrollment capacity and become sustainable organizations
- Ongoing assessment to maintain quality progress and to continually monitor outcomes