You want the best for your child. But early childcare services often need significant financial resources that aren’t available to everyone. This is where we can help. We’re on a community outreach mission to support local families with accessible and affordable childcare services and early development programs. So, while you work, seek employment, or attend school, let us give your child the enriching education they need to succeed as adults.
At K-Step, we see children as the heart of our communities and the change we seek in the world. We use the Montessori Method to teach children how to teach themselves to develop the essential learning skills they’ll need to reach high levels of academic and personal achievement in the future.
Above all, we want you to feel like you’re a part of your child’s early development. We invite parents to participate in the process and welcome your input, so we can work together to help your child advance. By offering monthly workshops and fun family events at our center, you can develop a deeper bond with your child and watch their love of learning blossom.
As you can see, K-Step is more than traditional daycare. It’s a community within a community. And it’s a place for children to grow and let their imaginations roam so that they can become confident learners.
By creating hands-on opportunities for discovery, leadership, and innovation, our early development programs don’t just open your child’s mind—they build their character.
Let’s nurture the bright, engaged, and interested children of today so that they can become the difference-makers of tomorrow.
For over 35 years, K-Step has brought the child-centered Montessori Method to local communities. Today we provide childcare for more than 250 children in Southern California and envision a future made brighter by an interdisciplinary approach to early education.
We’re one of the few programs in the nation that’s accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We’re also a member of the American Montessori Society. But how can you be confident that K-Step will give your child an early childhood education that inspires them to become lifelong learners?
Our Program Director has more than 40 years of experience. Our Executive Director has over 15 years of experience and holds a Master’s in Human Development and Childhood. Plus, every single educator is Montessori trained. Our culturally diverse staff fosters a learning environment of exploration, independence, and mutual respect that nurtures the inner growth of every child. The result? Children who become happier learners.
Dr. Montessori observed that children have windows of opportunity when they absorb certain lessons like sponges.
Montessori facilitators “follow the child” and recognize these sensitive periods. This way, they can give a tailored lesson at just the right moment in a child’s particular stage of development. Instead of a direct transfer of knowledge, this awakens the child’s senses to reveal new knowledge. Because they aren’t an obstacle in the learning process, Montessori educators give children the guidance, tools, and resources to make exciting discoveries on their own instead of providing them with all the answers.
The Montessori Method takes the child's education outside the classroom. This teaches them practical life and social skills that prepare them for the challenges of everyday life.
A well-rounded education helps your child interact with others and their environment with grace and courtesy. It gives them a sense of purpose and belonging by encouraging them to discover their strengths. And it also shows them how to be caring and contributing members of their families and communities.
No child moves at the same pace in their development or learns in the same way. This is why in traditional classroom settings, some children get discouraged when they can't keep up with the curriculum. Others get bored because they master concepts quicker than others.
Maybe your child loves to devour books, paint pictures, explore the outdoors, or contemplate mathematical equations. Montessori education will honor their natural abilities and fan the flames of their passions.
By allowing your child to work with the learning materials until they've mastered a new skill or concept, your child gets to move at their own pace. This way, they stay challenged and engaged.
When you walk into a Montessori classroom, you'll notice the children tend to:
- Move freely but work with a purpose for focused blocks of time.
- Be considerate of their environment, themselves, and their peers.
- Play with concrete objects to explore and solve abstract problems.
- Follow an inner drive to learn that doesn't need the validation of gold stars.
You'll be greeted by a clean and harmonious space that invites warmth, sparks inspiration, and radiates respect. It might even surprise you to see how calm and content Montessori children are while they work.
Sensory-pleasing learning materials are in reach of children to promote independent exploration. This lets your child follow their curiosities and make personal choices that nurture their specific interests and disposition.
Given a structured environment that encourages freedom of movement, your child will be more motivated to learn and find joy in the process.
In early childhood, the hands are the instruments of the mind. Children learn best by doing, touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, and smelling.
Montessori Materials are colorful, self-correcting, and scientifically designed objects that allow children to work through play. This engages their complete concentration in a repetitive task until they're ready to move on to the next challenge.
It may look like your child is just stacking blocks, buttoning their jacket, tracing paper letters, or counting beads from the outside. But really, they're learning how to problem-solve through these interactive experiences independently.
This new knowledge will stick deeper in their mind than memorized facts. Because as Maria Montessori put it, "What the hand makes the mind remembers."
Even though these activities feel like a game, your child gets to learn challenging academic concepts sequentially. And this teaches them how to think creatively and constructively.
Since imitation is one of the first instincts of a young child's mind, the Montessori classroom encourages peer learning. This builds trust and confidence in your child while they test out new concepts.
Mixed-age classrooms give older children a chance to mentor younger children. This develops leadership skills and solidifies new knowledge through teaching it. It also allows your child to learn teamwork and peacekeeping skills, enhancing their social skills.
By creating a collaborative, caring, and community-minded classroom where observation is a natural learning process, children develop empathy for others and interact intelligently in social situations.
"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of a flaming imagination"
-Dr. Maria Montessori
We believe the key to changing the world is through the hearts of the children. At K-Step Montessori, we are dedicated to giving families and children the support and high-quality program for them to thrive. Our programs integrate Maria Montessori's philosophy with the elements of child development to create an enriching curriculum and exciting learning environment. We offer a flexible program to help children learn and prepare them for their future through independent exploration and freedom of choice. Each child's unique needs, natural abilities, and desire to learn are focused on providing them with an age-appropriate education. Children are encouraged by teachers and peers to progress at their own pace and share enriching experiences. Our program is equipped and staffed to provide wholesome quality care for children, infants, and up.