Small Steps serves economically at-risk students and families who live in the areas surrounding our campus locations.
We currently have two campuses, located in the Fifth Ward and Gulfton communities.
Small Steps Nurturing Center’s accredited program provides a high-quality education, social and emotional support, a nurturing Christian environment, transportation, and nutritious meals to economically at-risk children ages two through six living in poverty in Houston, Texas.
The school maintains a high teacher to child ratio of approximately one to eight and utilizes the project approach to learning to integrate multidisciplinary curricula. Our teachers promote language development, science and math concepts, and critical thinking skills.
Small Steps uses a relationship- and language-based approach to early childhood education to address the social and emotional needs of children, which incorporates a trauma-informed approach into the classroom and minimizes student behavioral outbursts.
Small Steps utilizes SET for Life – a program created by Michelle M. Forrester, PhD, that addresses the social and emotional needs of children.
Small Steps provides our students breakfast, lunch, and a snack each school day. We also offer daily transportation in staff-driven vans for those children who otherwise could not get to school. Small Steps campuses have safe outdoor spaces for children to develop their motor and social skills and connect with nature.
Small Steps believes that we show God’s love by serving children in need and treating each person as a unique creation. Teachers daily demonstrate love to their students by fostering close relationships, and our volunteers show compassion by serving in our ministry.
We are grateful for many longtime Church partners that support the mission of Small Steps! Small Steps’ original DePelchin campus was founded in partnership with Impact Houston Church of Christ, and the expansion to our Gulfton campus came to fruition through a partnership with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
Small Steps offers a robust parent education program which educates and encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning, well-being, and development. We serve as a support network to students and families in times of crisis and provide referrals for various community resources.
Small Steps aims to not just serve the student, but the family unit as a whole. To enroll at Small Steps, parents agree to complete at least 10 tuition hours (15 if more than one student) each year by attending parent education events and volunteering.parent education
Jessica* is the youngest daughter of four children, all of whom graduated from Small Steps. During Hurricane Harvey, Jessica’s family was living in a government housing complex that was flooded and had to swim through high water to safety. This traumatic experiece impacted her entire family, especially her mom, and the SET team played an active role providing emergency relief and long-term support to her family following the crisis.
Small Steps connected mom with the Getting Ahead program, which helps individuals create their own plan to escape poverty and gain personal sustainability, and SET team members celebrated with her at her program graduation ceremony.
*Name changed to protect the privacy of our families.
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