By selecting First Steps, you receive much more than a safe, warm and nurturing environment for your children, you support Saint John’s Program for Real change with 100% of proceeds directly supporting homeless mothers working to recuperate and re-engineer their lives.


Our Priorities at a Glance



First Steps uses the California Infant/Toddler Learning & Development Foundations and the California Preschool Learning & Development Foundations as the basis for all of our programs.  We believe that learning across all developmental domains contributes to young children’s readiness for school.


First Steps is conveniently located inside Depot Park. Our center is surrounded by trees, grass and has plenty of open spaces for children to run, play and explore nature. Depot Park provides the highest level of security with gated entry points and uniformed security patrol. All parents and guests must have a valid parking pass or visitors pass before entering the gate.


First Steps takes nutrition seriously and has partnered with Plates Café to provide balanced, healthy meals to our children. Our menu consists of fresh, seasonal food with a variety of protein sources and whole grains. Lunches are prepared from scratch and are never frozen or pre-packaged.  First Steps is proud to be recognized as a Preschools SHINE (Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise) site by the California Department of Education.


Our Staff

All teachers at First Steps have completed over 12 units in Early Childhood Education from accredited colleges. All staff members and volunteers have fingerprint clearance and have passed criminal background checks. Staff members are all CRP/First Aid certified and have received all immunizations required by the state of California..

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