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2815 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226
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Educational First Steps equips the people who care for children in preschools, child care centers and homes with proven tools and techniques that turn care-giving into teaching. Our quality-building programs transform child care 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
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"Our center has benefited in so many ways from our connection with Educational First Steps. The mentors we have been privileged to work with are wonderful ladies, hard-working and so very professional. Their advice and help have been beneficial to our program, as well as enriching to the environment, and instructional for the teachers. They have put in hours of work here at the school. No one has ever questioned their goal to make us a better school and improve the care we give to our children enrolled here.

"We take our hats off to the people at EFS who are so dedicated to bettering the environment for children who will in turn, with love and emotional support, better the world they are growing up in." --Partner Center Director
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"We have really enjoyed having EFS supporting us in the transition to be accredited. The process has been a lot of hard work, but has already been worth it. The support has been a huge blessing. We have been able to see where we are lacking, and where we need to be. My passion has always been children, and helping them to grow in positive ways. EFS has shown us how to make our program the highest quality. We are excited to be part of this program." --Partner Center Director
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