About First Step

First Step Early Childhood Education Center

First Step Early Childhood Education Center uses proven methods to ensure children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

First Step is a fully accredited, top-rated childcare program located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. It provides a nurturing and creative learning environment for children ages 6 weeks to 5 yearsThe three classrooms; infant (6 weeks-16 months), toddler (16- 33 months), and preschool (33 months-first day of kindergarten) are led by certified early childhood educators. 

Education Philosophy

First Step uses Creative Curriculum®, designed to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure children become confident, happy, and fully prepared to start Kindergarten. We incorporate enrichment activities such as music, yoga, foreign language, and field trips in addition to math, literacy, social emotional learning, and science and technology. Teachers assess children’s development through the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and provide feedback to caregivers in semi-annual conferences. 

Commitment to Excellence

Our staff adhere to the top standards of training and supervision to maintain our Parent Aware 4 Star Rating and National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation. Our caring staff have a combined total of over 50 years serving children in First Step. 

  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)  
  • Parent Aware Four-Star Rating  
  • Low child-to-teacher ratio and spacious classrooms  
  • Culturally diverse teachers and staff  
  • Convenient location on the bus line (near U of M and between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul) 
  • Accepts Child Care Assistance and Pathway Early Learning Scholarships


Bea Pfeiffer

Childcare Services Manager


“We shopped around for childcare and found that First Step was affordable, but more importantly, gave us peace of mind that our son was in a smaller center with qualified, caring teachers. He’s now in the preschool classroom and we’re thrilled by what he learns every day!”

Current First Step Tuition

Updated 11-19-2021

Infant: $366 per week  (3:1 child to teacher ratio) 

Toddler: $312 per week (6:1 child to teacher ratio)  

Preschool: $282 per week  (8:1 child to teacher ratio)

Call us for part-time availability and rates.