| 2775 Boardwalk Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Marj Hyde, Director
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What is First Steps?
First Steps is based on the national program Parents as Teachers. We have a staff of certified parent educators as well as a highly trained teaching staff. In Ann Arbor, many families come to us because they are interested in taking one of our classes together with their child. Our classes are terrific because they are taught by an excellent, caring staff and that's not all we are. When you join, here is what you get:
➢ Fun and exciting classes offered year-round to help children socialize with others. Your participation fee includes one adult/child class per week, per family. Additional classes may be added for a fee. Check out our evening and Saturday classes!
Are you interested in signing up? Please click here to learn how to participate!
Please fill out the Scholarship Application and provide necessary verification paperwork. You must be a permanent resident or have a green card to qualify.
How did we begin?
In 2001 our county received a 2-year grant from the State of Michigan to begin a program for all families with young children, birth to entry into kindergarten. It was called ASAP-PIE (All Students Achieve Program-Parent Involvement and Education). All 10 school districts in Washtenaw County began Parents as Teachers programs to fit their communities. You are learning about the Ann Arbor program.
Why are we here?
Because every experience your children have is important and we believe you, their parents, are their first and most influential teacher. We work hard to continue our program because the foundation for the future lies in our children. The more parents know about how to support their children's unique development, the more likely all children are to succeed in school and in life.
How are we sustained?
Our families support us by telling others about our program, by participating together with other families and through their participation fees.
Our community supports us through donations, grants and advocacy.
We also receive some local, state and federal money to support our programs.