Four Steps to Excellence

Transforming Low-Performing Child Care Centers

The Commitment:  $500,000


Educational First Steps (EFS) was created to support early learning environments for children in under-resourced centers from birth to 5 years old. EFS trains child care centers on how to create high-quality early learning environments, setting up children to take their first step down the pathway to academic success.


The Four Steps to Excellence program provides training, mentoring, and resources to low-performing child care centers at no cost. Funding over a two-year period will be used to employ educational specialists to help teachers develop their classroom skills and provide gap funding to child care facilities within the EFS network. EFS will increase the number of centers thereby serving 500 additional children annually.