Step One School Overview

Step One offers four distinct and thoughtful programs that provide structure and routine while also creating space to explore, uncover and connect. We adhere to a play based, developmental philosophy with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity.


Low Ratios

Two Year Olds Program
1 classroom, 16 children, ratio 1:5.3

Preschool Program
4 classrooms, 23 children per room, ratio1:7.7

Extended Day
5 classrooms, ratio 1:6 to 1:8 (depending on age)

indoor-outdoor Facility

1/3 acre of property with organic garden, river/waterfall, sandboxes, climbing structures, and nature trails.

Light filled classrooms with carefully curated spaces that encourage curiosity, exploration, and creativity.


Schedule + Food

Year Round Schedule
School is in session from Labor Day to late August. Our winter and spring breaks mirror the Berkeley school system.

Daily Schedule
Our standard schedule is from 9am to 3pm. Extended care is available from 8am to 6pm.

Step One offers nutritious, tasty snacks served throughout the day. We are nut free and sensitive to food allergies.

Commitment to Diversity

Tuition Assistance
Currently 15-20% of families receive financial aid (covering up to 50% of total tuition).

Community + Facility
We are strongly committed to maintaining diversity when accepting applicants and hiring teachers. We encourage diversity through exposure to different languages, cultures, family structure, and family traditions.