A First Foundation Learning offers early childhood educational support and enrichment for children who benefit from personalized instruction in a private setting. Services promote academic growth, social-emotional skill development, cognitive processing, and physical well-being. Please see the services page for detailed information.

Meet Marissa Kiepert Truong, Ph.D.


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Hello, I am Dr. Kiepert Truong and I created A First Foundation, LLC in 2013 to help young learners reach their fullest potential. Over the years, AFF has served hundreds of children and families through “mommy and me” classes, early literacy camps, enrichment programs, and private literacy tutoring.

It is with great excitement that I am unveiling in 2020  new opportunities for individualized instruction for preschoolers through 2nd graders. If you are looking into my practice for the first time, welcome! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about what I offer and who I help. If you are not new to AFF, you might notice I have a new name – “A First Foundation Learning (or AFF Learning),” as well as a new look, and new offerings! But, what has not changed since 2013 is my commitment and passion for offering high quality early childhood education and my dedication to partnering with parents in their child’s education process.

I know that education in 2020 looks different than it did in 2019. I know that families and children are going through challenges that they never imagined. I know that some children are struggling academically, social-emotionally, and with overall mental well-being. I know this because I am not only an educator, but I am a parent too and I am here to help.

I invite you to look around my website and schedule a free initial consultation. I look forward to working with you and helping your child feel self-confident and grow a love for learning.


Dr. Marissa Kiepert Truong


Over the past 20 years, Dr. Kiepert Truong has worked in one-on-one and classroom settings in charter schools, private schools, childcare centers, summer camps, and enrichment programs with children as young as infants up through 8th grade. As an entrepreneur and educational leader, she has launched an early literacy blog in 2011 that was nominated for an award in education, and founded A First Foundation, LLC in 2013 which has also been nominated for awards and has served hundreds of families. In addition, she was the founding Head of School in 2017 for St. David's Episcopal Day School where she served for over 3 years. Dr. Kiepert Truong has also held adjunct positions at several local colleges and universities such as St. Joseph's Univeristy, Rosemont College, and Temple University, teaching courses in cognition, psychology, statistics, and research methods. She has contributed to the scholarly literature and research in these fields. and has presented lectures, workshops and trainings at conferences. Dr. Kiepert Truong is also an advocate for food allergy safety in school settings. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, running (although very slowly), and learning about the science of reading.


Ph.D.Educational Psychology, Temple University 

M.S.Psychology, Villanova University, 

B.A. - Psychology, Gettysburg College

Teaching Certification Nursery School and Kindergarten - Commonwealth of PA 


Fundations Prek - Grade 1 (Wilson Reading, multi-sensory phonics program)

LiPS (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for reading, spelling, and speech) (August 2020)

Handwriting without Tears Prek - Grade 2

Reading with TLC (multi-sensory phonics program)

Heggerty Phonemic Awareness

Kilpatrick Equipped for Reading Success

Zones of Regulation (Self-regulation and emotional control curriculum)

Social Skills Improvement System 

Yoga Education Institute - Children's Yoga Certification (in process)


Early Literacy - phonological processing, phonemic awareness, comprehension, letter formation, reading

Cognition - executive functioning, attention, working memory, cognitive processing

Child Development - ages and stages birth through age 8 

Curricular Development - infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-K

Consultation for nursery schools - school climate, curricular development , policies, branding, licensing, start up, staff trainings  

a first foundation, LLC


Wayne, PA

afirstfoundation@gmail.com | 484-580-9644

Dr. Kiepert Truong, Early Childhood Learning Specialist & Consultant

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