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Educational First Steps

One Childhood, One Chance

four stars

92.77

2815 Gaston Avenue Dallas, TX 75226
tel: (214) 824-7940   Web Site
EIN: 75-2334053

Board Leadership
Julie Smith
Chair

CEO
Vickie Allen
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.77 four stars
  Financial 92.55 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Since 1990, Educational First Steps has equipped the people who care for children with the proven tools and techniques that transform caregiving into teaching.
***The mission of Educational First Steps (EFS) is to create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five.***
-Through EFS' early childhood education program, the Four Steps to Excellence, Educational First Steps transforms existing daycare centers into nationally accredited preschools.
-In turn, childcare providers deliver the high-quality, high-impact care required to create and support early learning environments that help all children experience an equal opportunity for success.
-By investing in early childhood education, EFS aims to help close achievement gaps for early learners, break cycles of generational poverty for families, and create a brighter and more equitable tomorrow for the children and communities of North Texas.

Since 1990, Educational First Steps has equipped the people who care for children with the proven tools and techniques that transform caregiving into teaching.
***The mission of Educational First Steps (EFS) is to create and support high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five.***
-Through EFS' early childhood education program, the Four Steps to Excellence, Educational First Steps transforms existing daycare centers into nationally accredited preschools.
-In turn, childcare providers deliver the high-quality, high-impact care required to create and support early learning environments that help all children experience an equal opportunity for success.
-By investing in early childhood education, EFS aims to help close achievement gaps for early learners, break cycles of generational poverty for families, and create a brighter and more equitable tomorrow for the children and communities of North Texas.

Financial

four stars

92.55

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
81.8%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.68
  Program Expenses Growth 8.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Educational First Steps on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Educational First Steps on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.77 four stars
Literacy, Inc. (NY) 89.58 three stars
Families Forward Learning Center (CA) 92.80 four stars
Children's Literacy Initiative (PA) 91.16 four stars
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FL) 89.69 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,139,875
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $545,776
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,685,651
   Program Service Revenue $113,870
Total Primary Revenue $4,799,521
   Other Revenue $39,682
TOTAL REVENUE $4,839,203
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,240,400
   Administrative Expenses $382,849
   Fundraising Expenses $395,967
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,019,216
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $819,987
   
Net Assets $6,465,776

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Educational First Steps has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-05 03/01/2020 92.77 four stars
2018-05 05/01/2019 95.61 four stars
2017-05 05/01/2018 91.71 four stars
2016-05 08/01/2017 92.83 four stars
2015-05 11/01/2016 92.78 four stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 90.77 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 11/01/2015 87.20 three stars
2013-05 11/01/2014 84.34 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 75-2334053
Name in IRS Master File EDUCATIONAL FIRST STEPS
NTEE Code B82
NTEE Classification Scholarships, Student Financial Aid Services, Awards
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (40) Scholarships (other)
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2019
  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Vickie Allen Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$98,176 2.44% Charles Van Sheets Former Executive Director
$95,871 2.38% Samantha Moya Interim Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Educational First Steps (TX) 92.77 four stars
Trying Together (PA) 92.02 four stars
Reach Out and Read, Inc. (MA) 85.88 three stars
Families Forward Learning Center (CA) 92.80 four stars
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FL) 89.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Educational First Steps
2815 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75226
tel: (214) 824-7940
fax: (214) 824-7428
EIN: 75-2334053

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Board Leadership

Julie Smith
Chair

CEO

Vickie Allen
Executive Director

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