How to Get Started

Your very first step in the application process is a phone call to Early Steps beginning on the second Tuesday in June of the year that your child turns 4 for kindergarten applicants and 5 for first grade applicants. If your child meets the criteria for our services, you will be guided through the next steps of the registration process.



Counseling

Early Steps provides guidance to families through the complicated New York City independent school admissions process, beginning a year before your child will enter kindergarten or first grade.  The initial consultation is followed by a series of telephone conversations that allow our counselors to get to know your family better. We help families consider the opportunities available in a wide variety of independent schools while providing guidance and support in many areas including:
  • Application procedures
  • School selection
  • School tours and interviews
  • Financial aid application process
Parents of children of color seeking a quality education for their children want guidance and support through the application process.  They are concerned about issues such as choosing the best school environment where their child will be happy and able to thrive, making sure that they and their child will feel welcomed and supported in their new school as well as cost and affordability.