Our mission is to provide child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational environment. Our goals are:
We have a wonderful, dedicated team of child care professionals, which is the foundation of our program. Our Millard location is led by Riley Benson. Riley has 8 years of child care experience. She was promoted to Director in February of 2018 after serving as the assistant director. Her degree is in Family and Child Services as well as a certification of Management Training for Directors of Childcare Facilities. In her own words: "I enjoy what I do because I love getting to watch children grow and learn everyday."
Wendi Munhall is our director for the Springfield location. Wendi has 16 years of experience working in child care. She starting working at A Step Ahead in February of 2015 as a Preschool teacher and became Director in May of 2017. She has degrees in Early Childhood Education and Behavioral Science. In her own words: "I have always loved to work with kids. I babysat many children throughout high school and started working in childcare facilities in college. I love watching a child grow and develop from an infant into a school ager."
Each child is considered unique in temperament and rate of development. Curriculum is planned to enhance and challenge particular, distinct interests and abilities. Activities and relationships occur in a healthy, positive and relaxed environment in which well-qualified staff provide personal attention, guidance and nurturing to each child. Programs 6 weeks to School Age