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.

Families We Serve

Children of Color: 
We only work with families of children of color.

Grade Level: 
We work with families whose children will be entering kindergarten (age 4 by August 31st of the year they apply) or first grade (age 5 by August 31st of the year they apply).

Geographic Location:
Families must be able to transport their children to school. Current locations include the NYC boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as Long Island.

Economic Level:
Early Steps families represent a broad range of income levels. Some families pay full tuition while others receive financial aid in varying amounts according to individual needs and the schools’ available resources. Each family is required to pay some portion of the tuition.