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.
Early Care & EducationChild Care
Providing local families with access to high-quality early care and education.
Early Care & EducationChild Care Scholarships
Eligible children receive tuition-free enrollment at quality child care centers
School TransitionCountdown to Kindergarten
Countdown to Kindergarten supports transitions into kindergarten by connecting incoming students, their families, and their teachers in a series of one-on-one sessions during the summer.
Early Care & EducationEarly Head Start
Nationally, Early Head Start programs serve over 160,000 children and pregnant women annually.
HealthEarly Identification & Referral
Providing developmental screenings and referrals to other services, independent of another partnership program
Strengthening bonds within families of newborns and linking them directly to supportive community resources.
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