About us

FirstSteps is a childcare and educational ministry of LakeRidge Baptist Church. The FirstSteps Preschool, All-Stars After School, and SummerPlace programs are designed to be an opportunity to demonstrate God's love to children, to impact families for the Lord, and to introduce them to LakeRidge Baptist Church.

FirstSteps Childcare Ministry is an activity-oriented program for children from ages six weeks to five years. We strive to be structured enough to provide the best learning environment for children while, at the same time, offering the flexibility that will make this ministry most effective in helping parents.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to review and discuss with the Director any questions or concerns about the policies and procedures of the FirstSteps Ministry. Parents are also welcome to review a copy of the Minimum Standards for Licensed Child Care Centers (MSLCCC) and our most recent licensing inspection report.

Facilities

The facilities include 2 kitchens, 2 outdoor play areas, a restroom for every 2 classes and a large indoor gym.

Quality Curriculum

Toddlers through Pre-school use the A Beka curriculum to teach kids to recognize letters and words.

Small Class Size

Class sizes are kept small to meet the teacher to children ratio as required by minimum standards.

Infant Care

We provide a loving and caring environment where infants engage in activities designed for their developing bodies and minds.

Safety First

Safe rooms are provided, fire and tornado drills are conducted, and Remind101 text messaging is used for immediate information communication to parents.

Engaging Activities

Our activites stimulate their mental, spiritual, and physical needs.

Our Team

Meet our Qualified Staff

Our teachers are committed to helping your child feel safe and secure and to providing sensible limits and genuine encouragement. Positive guidance methods used in the classroom include the following:

  • Positive Suggestion—children are given instruction about what to do rather than what not to do. For example, “please sit on the chair” instead of “don’t sit on the table”.
  • Positive Reinforcement—children are offered praise and encouragement for appropriate behaviors. For example, “Courtney knows how to clean up!”
  • Modeling—teachers model behaviors such as sharing, taking turns, and expressing feelings. Children are encouraged to use their words to solve problems and are given the words to use. For example, “I don’t like it when you take my tricycle.”
  • Redirection—teachers help children find an appropriate activity.