Small Steps is excited to return to 100% in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year! The health and safety of our students and staff members remains our priority, and we have established our health and safety protocols based on recommendations from local and federal authorities and by monitoring transmission within our community.


For more information on our COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-2022 school year, please click the button below to visit our COVID-19 page.


Our Mission

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.

Our Program

Small Steps Nurturing Center operates two preschools for economically at-risk children living in the Fifth Ward and Gulfton/Sharpstown communities of inner-city Houston, Texas. We provide 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. Small Steps operates five days a week, nine months each year (plus one month of summer enrichment), at no financial cost to the families we serve. Small Steps uses proven interventions to help narrow the knowledge gap and create a community of support for our students and families. Small Steps serves students at two existing campuses.

Upcoming Events


Clays Classic

Started in 2003 to help fund the construction of our second school in the Fifth Ward, the Small Steps Clays Classic has become an annual draw for many prominent companies. The tournament format consists of 100 targets at 10 stations.

How to Help Small Steps

Small Steps depends on private donations from generous donors, including individuals, corporations, churches, community groups, and foundations. Help from the community is essential to continue our program.


Make a Gift

Scholarship Society

Sponsor a Child


Lend a hand

Wish List

Donate Supplies

Event Sponsorships

Become a Sponsor

Prayer Partner

This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to be an integral part of the work the Lord is doing in our students’ lives! Each Prayer Partner is assigned an individual Small Steps student to pray for throughout the school year.