Testimonials

In First Step, we found a community of caring, progressive, competent, and joyful teachers, kids, and families. From day one our daughter has never wanted to miss a day of school and she has grown in so many ways due to her time there. The play-based approach encourages full, active days and new experiences abound. We feel fortunate to be a part of the First Step Community and thankful to our friends that first opened the door there for us!

Emily & Gregg Carville, First Step Parents


 The First Step Staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and supportive! A relationship is developed not only between staff and your child, but also between the staff and the parents.  They truly go above and beyond!

 Katie Coppens, First Step Parent


 We are so grateful for the staff at First Step and the incredible care they provide our children. First Step creates a loving, safe, fun, creative, and educational environment that is hard to find!  Our children have made wonderful friends here (as have we as parents) and we are thankful to have First Step in our lives. First Step has been such a wonderful fit our family – the staff is so loving, caring, patient, & kind.  We love first step =) <3

 The Hamiltons, First Step Family


 We have been a First Step Family for almost 2 years and plan to be with the program for another 3! As a new family to Freeport we feel so unbelievably lucky to have found First Step and the amazing teachers and families in this special community. Jacky is a thoughtful and caring leader who takes time to meet and understand each family and their individual needs and routines. Both of our children have thrived in this program socially, academically and personally. The teachers are all unique and creative – and more importantly loving and caring. This school has made our transition to a new town as easy as one could imagine; we’re so happy to be a part of the First Step Learning Center family.

 Nina Weyl,  First Step Parent


 First Step is better than family! We love and trust you all so much. We can’t thank you all for your constant steady love, care, teaching, patience, support, energy, happiness and knowledge of childhood development.

We couldn’t be happier! We’re SO lucky. 

Amanda & Ben,  First Step Parents


 First Step has provided a warm and caring environment for both of my boys over the past 4 years. The classes are small and the teachers treat all of the students with respect, challenge their curiosity, and nurture their self confidence and sense of belonging. I am always recommending First Step to families in Freeport and beyond! 

Meghan Palmer,  First Step Parent


 We have had 2 children at First Step. One is in 1st grade now and the other is currently in the front room. We have been so impressed and pleased with our experience. We feel that our 1st grader has been prepared exceptionally well for school. We also see every day how much our 3 year old grow and learns at First Step. Most of all the staff at First Step all show wonderful enthusiasm and passion for their jobs and for the kids. It is a fantastic place. We are so lucky to have our kids here!! 

Martha Shwenk,  First Step Parent