Parent Toddler Program

Approx. 1 to 2 years old

Tuesdays 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

First Step’s toddler program gives young toddlers a chance to explore while still having the security of a parent or caregiver with them. As soon as your child takes his or her “first step” he or she is ready to choose from among countless activities, including playing inside or outside, going on the swings, painting, playing in the sand, pushing a baby in the stroller, and more. Each day the program ends with parents and children singing together.

Janet Mann has been running the toddler program at First Step since 1981.  During Parent-Toddler Group, Jan and another teacher are available to assist the children while they play and experience the environment. Parents get a chance to connect with each other, while being there to provide support for their child as needed. The experienced and knowledgeable teachers are available to answer questions about parenting and child development.

Tuesdays 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
$300 for a 10-week session

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What Parents Have to Say


“First Step was a defining moment in both my children’s lives. I still recall the first day I met Ina (upon recommendation of a friend who was a First Step family). She was so easy to talk to. There was no formal tour or interview. We had a lovely chat and she could see that like many Moms looking at preschools for the first time, I was incessantly asking all manner of questions. The only thing she said was, let Griffin play and see how he does.

Melinda P.


“They celebrate the originality of each child while guiding them to become life long thinkers and become independent.

Meg W.


“I could never have imagined leaving a two year old at school, but then again I could never have imagined a safer, more nurturing place for Juliet than First Step.

Jackie S. W.


“First Step is special. It's not just a place I drop off my kids. There is an open door policy so you'll often see parents observing their kids or chatting with one another, and families whose kids have outgrown preschool often come back to visit. We have made such lovely friends in a short time, and met families from all over the world. It has really been a warm, welcoming place for us."

Rachel D.

Contact Us

2650 Second Street Santa Monica,
CA 90405 - See Map
310 399.8118

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