Small Steps Nurturing Center Closure

We will continue to put the health and safety of our community first by remaining closed during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Our plan is to reopen for school in the fall for the 2020-2021 school year.
Regarding enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, new applications will receive communication regarding enrollment in June. For any questions, please email Program Director Fran Goundry, at
Click below to hear how we are supporting our families and how you can help.


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 surrounding areas 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 approximately 180 children at our two existing campuses and will open a third campus in the fall of 2020.

Upcoming Events

Wine Classic


We are blessed at Small Steps to be a part of a loving and generous community, and the health and safety of that community is our top priority. In light of current CDC and City of Houston recommendations, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that this year’s Small Steps Wine Classic is cancelled. 

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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.