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2815 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226
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Educational First Steps programs equip the people who care for children in preschools, daycare centers and homes with proven tools and techniques that turn care-giving into teaching. Our quality-building programs transform daycare centers into nationally accredited early learning centers, and continues the partnership for long-term sustainability. The organization has been partnering with centers in some of the poorest neighborhoods since 1990, believing that every child, regardless of the economic circumstances they were born into, needs and deserves a quality early education. Today EFS works with over 100 center partners and 6,000 children, birth to age five, throughout six North Texas counties, providing professional development and individualized classroom mentoring to over 850 teachers and center directors, additionally working with 75 licensed home care providers.

A nationally accredited, economically stable early childhood learning center in a low-income neighborhood in North Texas is a rarity were it not for the work of Educational First Steps. The centers we work with are in 17 different school districts, many feeding into low-performing elementary schools. Children who come out of an EFS partner center are "kindergarten ready," positively impacting the progress of these children in later grades, and the trajectory of their lives.
"My children are growing into the best they can be, because of their experience at an Educational First Steps partner center. The quality of care supports them to be on target and ignites things within them that I didn't even see." Mother of James and Jaya