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Small Steps Nurturing Center

Hope for children straight from the heart

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four stars

91.64

1709 DePelchin Street Houston, TX 77007
tel: (713) 862-1020   Web Site
EIN: 76-0471755

Board Leadership
Michael Fertitta
President

CEO
Ana Schick
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.64 four stars
  Financial 88.19 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Small Steps Nurturing Center is to provide an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families. Small Steps believes the way to prepare disadvantaged children for success in elementary school and life is through participation in a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education program. Small Steps lays the groundwork for student success by offering a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to children ages two through six living in poverty. Through operating two preschools in the First and Fifth Wards of Houston, we use proven interventions to help narrow the knowledge gap and create a community of support for our students and families. The fact that Small Steps students graduate from kindergarten on par with their peers means our approach is working.

The mission of Small Steps Nurturing Center is to provide an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families. Small Steps believes the way to prepare disadvantaged children for success in elementary school and life is through participation in a comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education program. Small Steps lays the groundwork for student success by offering a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to children ages two through six living in poverty. Through operating two preschools in the First and Fifth Wards of Houston, we use proven interventions to help narrow the knowledge gap and create a community of support for our students and families. The fact that Small Steps students graduate from kindergarten on par with their peers means our approach is working.

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Financial

three stars

88.19

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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 7.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.62
  Program Expenses Growth 4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Small Steps Nurturing Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Small Steps Nurturing Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Small Steps Nurturing Center (TX) 91.64 four stars
Educational First Steps (TX) 95.61 four stars
Opportunity, Inc. of Palm Beach County (FL) 94.49 four stars
Children's Literacy Initiative (PA) 91.16 four stars
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy (FL) 90.63 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,415,124
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,885,231
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,300,355
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,300,355
   Other Revenue $-23,321
TOTAL REVENUE $3,277,034
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,954,245
   Administrative Expenses $277,382
   Fundraising Expenses $391,315
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,622,942
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-345,908
   
Net Assets $5,662,544

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Academic Program $2,954,245 100.0%

Ratings History
Small Steps Nurturing Center has received 15 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 91.64 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2019 91.82 four stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 91.35 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.88 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.78 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 90.73 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 97.05 four stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 96.93 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 96.99 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 95.24 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 96.97 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/22/2010 98.48 four stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 90.88 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 91.04 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 95.82 four stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 90.47 four stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 93.16 four stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 95.29 four 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 76-0471755
Name in IRS Master File SMALL STEPS NURTURING CENTER
NTEE Code B92
NTEE Classification Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(29) Other religious activities
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, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$116,666 3.22% Ana Schick Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Small Steps Nurturing Center (TX) 91.64 four stars
Children's Literacy Initiative (PA) 91.16 four stars
Literacy, Inc. (NY) 89.49 three stars
Families Forward Learning Center (CA) 87.20 three stars
Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee (FL) 91.87 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Small Steps Nurturing Center
1709 DePelchin Street
Houston, TX 77007
tel: (713) 862-1020
fax: (713) 426-6505
EIN: 76-0471755

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Board Leadership

Michael Fertitta
President

CEO

Ana Schick
Executive Director

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