Our Program

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.

Intellectual Growth
Social & Emotional Growth
Physical Growth
Spiritual Growth

Small Steps Success Story

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.

Our Community

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.

Fifth Ward Campus Community
Gulfton Campus Community

For a child to qualify for Small Steps’ program, the family must meet three requirements at the time of application:

  • Qualify for the free meals portion of the National School Lunch Program
  • Live in specific surrounding zip codes
  • Agree to complete tuition hours by attending parent education events and volunteering

Small Steps has numerous ongoing collaborative partnerships with other nonprofits to accomplish our shared goals.

Our current collaborative partnerships include:

  • Baylor University
  • The Center for Hearing and Speech
  • Christian Community Service Center
  • Connect Community
  • Hope Stone, Inc.
  • Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Impact Houston Church of Christ
  • Kids’ Meals
  • Prelude Music Foundation
  • Prevent Blindness Texas
  • Rice University Kinder Institute
  • Rice University Texas Policy Lab
  • Second Servings
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
  • University of Houston, TIMES
  • University of St. Thomas