We have a
1:8 teacher to student ratio
We currently serve
approximately 180 children and 140 families
In 2018–2019 we served
59,806 nutritious meals and 24,501 snacks.
16 of 29 teachers have been teaching at Small Steps for five or more years.
91% student retention rate and 92% attendance rate
- Parent education events are held throughout the year on topics such as children’s social and emotional development, literacy, budgeting, and school choices for kindergarten parents.
- Program events include Thanksgiving Feasts, Christmas and Easter chapels, and specific activities for moms and dads.
- Coffee Talks at the each campus allow parents to learn about relevant topics with the Program Director or guest speakers.
- The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, offered three times per year, focuses on strengthening the connections between school and home for our families, teaching parents healthy social and emotional techniques to use with their children.
Small Steps recently partnered with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics at the University of Houston to conduct our first-ever program evaluation. Results of the study show that the positive impact on our students is evident both while they are at Small Steps and later during elementary school. Highlights include:
- Our students show meaningful gains in oral language skills while at Small Steps. On average, our two-year-olds begin Small Steps performing about one standard deviation below the mean in expressive and receptive vocabulary, and our kindergarteners perform, on average, at or significantly above the mean.
- At the end of kindergarten, Small Steps students are performing well within the average performance range on the Woodcock-Johnson as compared to a nationally representative sample.
- Preliminary results of grades 3, 4, and 5 STAAR reading and math performance indicate that the passing rates of Small Steps students are higher than the passing rates of the state and Houston ISD as a whole.
Given that the majority of Small Steps students enter our program performing at least one year below developmental expectations for their age in many areas, these results are evidence that Small Steps is narrowing the learning gap for our students and helping them to enter elementary school ready to learn. Small Steps will continue to build on this data in future years.