Simply put… my children have thrived in The Next Step’s inviting, nurturing, and stimulating environment. As a teacher, I couldn’t be happier with their academic curriculum. My daughter was thoroughly prepared to enter kindergarten and already had a passion for learning. As a parent, I love that my children are excited to wake up every morning and go to school there. It is easy to see that the teachers take the time to develop positive relationships with every child so they truly feel special and important. I recommend The Next Step to anyone that wants their child to flourish in a safe, fun, and caring learning center.Betsy
Our 9-year old grandson has been enrolled at Next Step for 5 years. He is on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum but he has still needed a little special attention. He has thrived at Next Step thanks to Leigh, Angela, and the rest of the teaching staff. Next Step is not just a daycare facility. It is truly a learning center where all children are nurtured, encouraged, and loved.Jeremiah
Beautiful Beginnings and Little Cruisers
We’ve designed a wondrous world to foster the daily development of infant minds and bodies. More than just a day care, your little one starts his or her learning journey with us and we’ll work with you to make the transition a smooth and happy time, creating a strong bond and a setting that feels like family.
Each day your child will be discovering things using all five senses, copying simple actions of the people around them,experimenting with a variety of toys, exploring textures, colors, listening to stories and songs, and learning a variety of sounds through engaging with their teacher and playing with other children.
- 6 weeks to approximately 6 months
- Naps as needed
- Lots of tummy time
- Eats whenever hungry
- Mostly bottles
- Approximately 6 months to 1 year 2 naps (AM and PM)
- Crawling to walking
- Classroom feeding schedule and as needed
- Bottles and Food
1st Steps and Little Explorers
When your child is all over the place, they’re discovering their world. Toddlers learn best in safe, loving places where they can explore, in their own way. The activities for this age group are built around toddlers’ limitless curiosity and their natural desire to push boundaries.
Your little one is discovering more and more each day. Our approach to teaching this age as they navigate their world uses music, art, and movement while nurturing their progress toward preschool.
Our time with your child will include learning and social opportunities, as well as movement and imaginative play. Much of this will include group play where your child will make friends and learn cooperation and taking turns.
Each day at our center preschoolers explore science, create artwork, play characters and movement games. In this way they learn following directions and other key skills for learning success.
Your child will gain independence while getting ready for the transition to kindergarten with a more organized environment. Our passionate teachers will partner with you during this special time making their “senior year” the best it can be.
Each day your child will rotate between our 6 classrooms upstairs:
- Inventor’s Studio- Math
- Author’s Corner- Literacy
- Movin’ & Groovin’- Gross Motor
- Naturally Curious- Science
- Creation Station- Visual Arts
- Star is Born- Creative Expression
While in each classroom children will have a teacher led activity, as well as independent and free choice activities. This allows the teacher time to work with children’s individual needs as well as the whole groups.
Before and Afterschool
Even after school’s out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. Our before and after-school child care program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun theme related activities, our after school program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.
Our before care is offered from when we open at 6:30am until the bus picks up, including fog delays. On the days the school district is closed, the children enrolled in our A er School program will be charged an additional fee if they are in attendance.
Drop In Care
Next Step Learning center is filled with staff that truly care. I had a hard time allowing myself to take my infant son to daycare when maternity leave ran out, but there wasn’t a moment that I was afraid to leave him with these wonderful people. They take every step possible to relieve any worries. I couldn’t imagine my son in better hands!Taryn
Over the past three years, my daughter has grown tremendously while at Next Step. I am confident that she is well prepared for Kindergarten and will thrive in public school because of the strong education she received in her early years at Next Step. By participating in school-based activities like gymnastics, physical education, music, & karate, she has had a well-rounded experience that I don’t think we could have gotten anywhere else!Sarah