A First Foundation is a family-centered organization that offers school-year enrichment programs for preschoolers ages 16 months to 4 years old, summer early literacy camps, private early childhood tutoring, and parenting consultation. We are conveniently located at the Knewstub Building located on the 39-acre property of St David's Episcopal Church.
A First Foundation was created by Marissa Kiepert Truong, Ph.D. in the Fall of 2013 as a way to bring early childhood education and development resources into the lives of families in a "parent-friendly" format. What began as on-line parenting articles and private consultation has blossomed into interactive, hands-on programs for young children and their families.
A First Foundation's mission is to:
1) Promote healthy early childhood development using interactive, play-based methods for building the foundations of learning.
2) Guide families as their child's first teachers by providing a supportive community, open lines of communication, feedback on individual progress, and child development resources.
We believe that nurturing children and families together helps children succeed in school and in life! A First Foundation uses play-based, developmentally appropriate methods for building the foundations of learning in the first 5 years. We know that "the early years, really matter" because you do not get a second chance to build a first foundation of skills.
What Makes Us Unique
Small student-to-teacher ratios
Highly trained, experienced teachers
Hands-on process oriented activities that make learning fun
Research-based curriculum resources
Inclusive allergy policies and trained staff
Strong family engagement and resources for home
A First Foundation is located on the lower level of the Knewstub Building adjacent to St. David's Episcopal Church. Our classroom is divided into distinct learning centers that include: a classroom library, dramatic play area, science and math center, block area, writing and listening center, sensory table, technology station, and fine motor area. We have a designated room that fosters art and creativity equipped with easels, supplies, and inspiration. On-location is also a large atrium area which houses gross motor equipment and is used for interactive games as well as indoor play. Outside, children will enjoy running and socializing on the playground during recess. Children will also build science, social studies, math, literacy, and life skills in an "authentic" environment through nature exploration on St. David's picturesque 39-acres of land.