EFS was founded in 1990 by a small group of individuals committed to strong early learning programs for all children, particularly those challenged by growing up in poverty. The organization began as a grant-making entity, but concluded by 1996 that it could have greater impact by directly working in communities and classrooms to improve child care as preparation for educational success. EFS developed a staff of expert specialists and trainers that worked to develop nationally accredited excellence among these providers, using an earlier generation of the Four Steps to Excellence program.
By 2007, EFS had demonstrated the unique ability to achieve this goal in impoverished communities and began a significant expansion of service to reach its current size. In 2010, the organization embarked on its first true geographic expansion, recruiting seven centers in Tarrant county that have proved the successful portability of EFS’ model.
The EFS Four Steps to Excellence program consistently fosters cooperative relationships with early learning teachers and directors through on-site, in-classroom mentoring, formal training and enrichment, with the ultimate goal of accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) or the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The model has prepared children for success in kindergarten and beyond, with positive measurable outcomes through at least third grade documented by a joint study conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas. EFS already assists approximately 100 child care centers in North Texas, representing over 5,500 children and one thousand teachers.
To learn more, contact Educational First Steps online or call 214-824-7940 in Dallas or 817-535-0044 in Tarrant county.