Educational First Steps

A nonprofit organization

$98,805 raised by 126 donors

99% complete

$100,000 Goal

Educational First Steps (EFS) creates and supports high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five. They do this by equipping childcare providers and early educators with proven tools and techniques that turn caregiving into teaching. Our quality-building programs transform child care centers into nationally accredited early learning centers and continue the partnership for long-term sustainability. By investing in early childhood education, EFS aims to help close achievement gaps for early learners, break cycles of generational poverty for families, and create a brighter and more equitable tomorrow for the children and communities of North Texas.

EFS has been partnering with centers since 1990 and operates in Dallas County, Fort Worth/Tarrant County, as well as across North Texas.

Our Needs

Support is needed for our ongoing programs, to accomplish the following:
--Increase the number of children receiving high-quality early childhood education.
--Move partner early learning centers into quality readiness.
--Accept new centers into our quality-building program, placing hundreds more children on the path to quality education.
--Train teachers and center staff to create positive and effective educational environments, mentor teachers to master early education concepts, and enable them to further their professional development.
--Continue building quality and effectiveness into early education centers to become neighborhood anchors that serve generations of children and neighborhood families.


The mission of Educational First Steps is to create and support high quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five.

Equity Statement

Educational First Steps helps to enrich early learning environments so that young children can experience an equal opportunity for early education and success, regardless of race, gender, national origin, zip code, ability, or socioeconomic status.

Organization Data


Organization name

Educational First Steps

Tax id (EIN)




Education - Early Childhood

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx

BIPOC Leadership

Executive Director/CEO

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


2815 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75226



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