Prospective Families

Welcome! Small Steps believes in building a community of support for our students and our families.

Small Steps serves students ages 2 through 6, at no cost to our families.

In addition to their education, Small Steps students receive two nutritious meals plus one snack each day, social-emotional support, safe space for outdoor play, and a nurturing Christian environment.

Our Program

The application period for new students is typically open for two weeks in the winter prior to the upcoming school year.

Does your child qualify for Small Steps?

  • Will your child be between the ages of 2 and 5 on September 1?
  • Does your family qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program? (Not sure? Click here for more information.)
  • Do you live in one of the following ZIP codes?
    • Applying to the Fifth Ward Campus: 77003, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77019, 77020, 77026, 77016, 77022, 77028, 77076, 77093
    • Applying to the Gulfton Campus: 77027, 77031, 77036, 77056, 77057, 77074, 77081, 77096, 77401
  • Are you willing and able to complete 10 (15 if more than one child) “tuition hours”?
    • These hours can be completed through parent education classes or volunteering at Small Steps.

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are eligible to apply for a spot at Small Steps for your child. Please complete the online application and you will be contacted by a Small Steps staff member.

After your application has been approved, Small Steps will notify you via email on March 22, 2024 if you are accepted when the enrollment period starts for your incoming school year.

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Questions about the application and enrollment process?

For Fifth Ward Campus Families:

Contact Leslie Leyva at

For Gulfton Campus Families:

Contact Alondra Monsivais at

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