Save the Children provides training and ongoing support for local implementation of Early Steps and provides a grant to the school district to cover implementation expenses. States and local school districts contribute funding and in-kind matches. The school district provides office space, as well as areas for parent–child groups and community meetings, and covers office-related expenses.
Save the Children’s average cost per year per child for Early Steps services, including home visiting, parent–child groups, the book bag exchange, and transition to school activities, is $2,000 (2018 U.S. dollars). The estimate includes all Save the Children costs for salaries, program administration, and the grant to the school district that covers the home visitor’s salary, mileage, and home visiting and parent–child group materials.