Educational First Steps has long served economically disadvantaged children through mentoring and training teachers and directors in the child care centers they attend every day. By guiding child care centers along the journey toward national accreditation, EFS has helped thousands of children become Kindergarten ready students, prepared for success in pre-literacy, pre-numeracy and social-emotional skills.
Recently, EFS has revised its program, resulting in Four Steps to Excellence 2.0, a more strategic, streamlined and efficient process. This program accelerates the achievement of accreditation to forty months, increasing accountability and quality standards for teachers and directors. The inaugural centers for the program are Southern Crest Day Care, Handprints Child Care, Little Rascals Child Development Center and The Mother's Heart Learning Center, all located in Dallas. These centers will benefit from guidance through three levels of competency, supported by a structured, tailored mentoring process through EFS in the Community, training far beyond minimum standard requirements through EFS Academy, regular assessments by EFS quality assurance staff, heightened enrichment opportunities and developmentally appropriate materials and furnishings.
These pilot centers initiate an era of heightened benefits to children through the EFS model. As these centers achieve accreditation with great quality and efficiency, new centers will be enrolled in the process and the positive effects will multiply exponentially.
Educational First Steps is a non-profit organization improving the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children, by helping create nationally accredited early learning centers in neighborhoods that need them the most. Today, EFS assists almost 100 child care centers and over 5,000 children in Dallas and Tarrant Counties through an on-site, community based model of structured teacher training and classroom mentoring.