Programs

First Steps takes a holistic approach to accomplishing its mission of ensuring that all children start school ready to reach their highest potential. We offer services that improve children’s health, strengthen families, expand access to quality early care and education, increase participation in four-year-old kindergarten programs, and help transition rising kindergartners into school.

School Transition

BOOST

BOOST (Beginning Opportunities Offered for Student Transition) introduces families of young children to the Montessori learning environment.

Early Care & Education

Child Care

Providing local families with access to high-quality early care and education.

Early Care & Education

Child Care Scholarships

Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers

School Transition

Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten supports strong school transitions by connecting rising kindergartners, families, and teachers in a series of one-on-one visits during the summer.

Parenting

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

One book per month mailed to the home

Early Care & Education

Early Head Start

Nationally, Early Head Start programs serve over 160,000 children and pregnant women annually.

Health

Early Identification & Referral

Providing developmental screenings and referrals to other services, independent of another partnership program

Parenting

Early Steps to School Success

Home visitation for families pre-birth until 36 months