DALLAS , April 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Educators and caregivers from North Texas gathered Saturday, April 15, for the annual Gaylord , Texas Education First Steps (EFS) conference for early childhood educators. The DFW-based nonprofit offers free conferences to the educators and child care professionals in its network, where they share tools intended for use in their centers and classrooms.
The goal of EFS is to support the creation and maintenance of high quality early learning environments in historically disadvantaged communities. They achieve this through professional development training, classroom resources, personal mentoring, and business support services. This work influences teaching and programming, as well as the commercial success of this important small company.
The annual conference provides attendees with new and improved teaching methods in the classroom, the inclusion of students with diverse needs, the retention of qualified staff, effective communication with parents, and the maintenance of high standards in kindergarten.
“Teachers are one of the most important building blocks in a child’s life. The First Steps in Education program is designed to ensure that conference attendees return to their centers and classrooms with the knowledge and resources they need to think big, dream big, dream big. Get ready. These kids have it.” Bright Future.” Vicky Allen Brown , Chair, First Steps Education Division.
Conference participants recognized that recruiting and retaining qualified teachers is the greatest challenge in child care today. Other major issues discussed at the conference included equal access to quality child care in many North Texas communities, the importance of good communication and parental involvement, and increasing public awareness of the importance of child care and early learning.
About the first steps of education
For the past 33 years, First Steps in Education (EFS) has been dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality and equitable early childhood education in their communities.
EFS expands access to quality child care resources that all children deserve, no matter what barriers their underfunded families may face. EFS works with more than 100 child development centers and more than 50 home-based service providers in North Texas to support center leaders and educators so kids can dream big.
Person in charge: Savanna Espiritu
Email: [email protected]
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Source: First Steps to Education