EFS improves the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children. Early childhood is a uniquely powerful time to build the social and academic foundation for success in the lives of our most at risk children.

Startling Statistics

Each year, thousands of unprepared local children enter school:

  • Knowing less than 500 words, a huge deficit compared to the 2,400 or more needed to succeed
  • 25% more likely to drop out in later grades
  • 40% more likely to eventually become a teen parent
  • 70% more likely to commit a violent crime sometime in their lives!

How EFS Helps

EFS transforms existing daycare centers in our most vulnerable neighborhoods into nationally accredited preschools with certified teaching professionals

  • Mentoring: Coaching teachers in their own classrooms to mastery of best practices
  • EFS Academy: Training teachers/center directors in safety, positive interaction and age appropriate academics
  • Educational Tools: Providing quality educational materials to each classroom
  • Enrichment: Bringing children / families to local museums / cultural centers to see the broader possibilities of life

EFS serves children who would otherwise lose their "One Childhood, One Chance"

  • 4,200+ at risk children served today, the overwhelming majority in state subsidy programs
  • 325 classrooms with over 700 teachers in almost 90 facilities in North Texas
  • 45 centers accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Accreditation Commission (NAC), the 'gold-star' measures for early childhood education
  • Strong waiting list of resource-constrained daycare facilities who wish to become EFS partners.

EFS makes a strong persistent difference in these children's lives.

Effective Results

A study of 3,600 EFS "graduates" in DISD by the   University of Texas at Dallas shows:

  • 5.6 percentage point (and growing) advantage in third grade literacy, highly correlated with later high school graduation rates Higher math achievement in first and second grades
  • 16% more likely to pass without retention from kindergarten through second grade
  • 28% less likely to be classified as Limited English Proficient
  •  More frequent daily attendance in early elementary grades
Children by age →
Children by ethnicity ↓
0-12 mths
1&2 yrs
3 yrs
pre k
total
African American
247
648
518
605
2018
Asian American
10
23
27
345
405
Caucasian
59
146
73
90
368
Latino/a
89
229
153
220
691
Other
 
 
 
 
112
 
 
 
 
 
3594
NOTE: Fifty-two percent(52%) or 1871 of the children are CCMS-eligible

 

 

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