Small Steps Nurturing Center has both empirical and anecdotal confirmation that the program is making a profound difference in the lives of the children and families it serves.


Small Steps is accredited by AdvancED-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the oldest and largest educational accrediting organization in the world.

Resources for Families

Small Steps strives to deepen relationships with parents, encouraging them as the primary teachers of their children and as adults capable of healthy relationships and productive lives.

  • 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.

Fiscal Responsibility Recognition

Small Steps has been awarded Charity Navigator’s four-star (highest) rating for 15 years in a row. Charity Navigator’s criteria include the charity’s financial health, accountability, and transparency. Less than 1 percent of charities have received this rating for at least 15 consecutive years, earning Small Steps an “exceptional” designation. In Charity Navigator’s words, this designation “sets Small Steps Nurturing Center apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Tracking our Graduates

Small Steps has formed a partnership with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES) at the University of Houston to determine the impact of our program on current and former students and to examine the factors that might moderate program effectiveness. We look forward to utilizing this data to help Small Steps make an even bigger impact on the families we serve.

Early Matters

Small Steps is a member of the Early Matters Coalition, a broad-based coalition of business, civic, education, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations and volunteers working together to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality early education and to make a strong case for increased investment in this critical, high return on investment area.

Committed Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role at Small Steps. In the 2017-2018 school year, volunteers served more than 5,300 hours, and 101 Small Steps students had Buddies. Buddies spend one-on-one time with students; fostering consistent adult-child relationships is an integral component of our social and emotional program.