5 Steps to Five
a program helping parents to prepare their babies for success in school and life.
Very early childhood is a magical time—and a crucial window for learning. In fact, 90% of all brain development occurs before the age of three.1 The good news is, when parents take simple, consistent steps to enrich their baby’s environment, the benefits resonate throughout the child’s life.2
To that end, 5 Steps to Five helps level the playing field for low-income, underserved families by teaching them how to stimulate their babies’ minds, nurture their spirits, and give them the foundation they need to grow into their full potential.
1 Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Review, 2006
2 Employment Policy Foundation
They have their whole lives ahead of them, but not a moment to waste.
5 Steps to Five makes the most out of
Take small groups of parents and their babies, put them together with trained early childhood professionals, provide them with a structured curriculum, and you’ve got the elements of a successful 5 Steps to Five program. As the babies mature, parents are coached on ways to nurture each child’s growing body and developing mind.
Moms and dads grow too, in confidence and skill.
Throughout the program, parents share their progress and receive ongoing feedback and guidance, both from their group facilitators and each other.
That’s what it takes to keep kids on track for life.
“A major new study from Stanford University, noted that achievement gaps begin as early as 18 months. Then, at two-years-old, there’s a 6-month achievement gap. By age five it can be a two-year gap. Poor kids start so far behind when school begins that they never catch up.”
~ Nicholas Kristoff, in The New York Times, 10/26/2013
But it doesn’t have to be that way—and at 5 Steps to Five,
it isn’t. In fact, parents surveyed gave us an average score of 9 on a scale of 0 to 10 on the program’s helpfulness in teaching skills, providing support, fostering positive activities such as reading, singing and playing, and strengthening their confidence as parents.