First Steps Learning Center Inc. believes in providing a quality child care program for all families in the community. From infants through school age children, our program provides a safe and nurturing environment to foster kids’ social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development through their daily activities. We are committed to our families, to give them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their kids spend their time in a great child care facility.
First Steps has six classrooms and a gym. Classrooms are set up to meet QRS guidelines with different developmentally appropriate areas for children to learn and explore. Rooms are equipped with drinking fountains and bathrooms/sinks that meet ADA standards. The gym is used for school-age children in the before and after school program and for the younger ones when the weather isn’t good enough to get out for large motor skills time. The building has a secured entrance and can only be entered with a 4-digit code. This code is given out on the first day of care and is not to be shared.
Nicole and Dean Aman opened First Steps Learning Center in May of 2017. After helping at her mother’s in home daycare for many years, she knew children were her passion and pursued her degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught pre-k for 6 years and ran a BASP for three years before becoming Assistant Director for a childcare center in Coralville. After a year, she become Director at the facility. It has been a lifelong dream to own and operate her own center and in the fall of 2016, she and her husband decided it was time to make that dream come true. First Steps is located in the former Grant Wood AEA building on Holiday Rd., which was built in the 1980’s. They had outgrown their space and the building sat vacant until it was purchased in January of 2017. Renovations started in February and turned the existing office space into a childcare center.