About Us

Guiding Children Since 1983

The First Step is a warm, supportive place where your child can grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We provide individualized programs and set goals for each child based on his or her stage of development and needs. Careful structuring of the environment provides space and time for children to explore and develop their interests.

Our “home-like” atmosphere and “open door policy” helps to provide comfort for both parents and children.

The First Step staff, led by owner and Director MaryJo Iorlano, invites you to come visit our school. We are dedicated to fostering education, development, and building self-esteem in a secure and comfortable environment.  Whether you enroll your child in full-time or part-time child care, your loved one will benefit from our highly experienced and loving staff.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

  • Provide a caring and enriched child care environment
  • Develop lifelong relationships
  • Encourage our “learning can be fun” theory
  • Provide superior support and service to our parents and children

We fulfill our mission with honesty, trust, a passion for excellence and the same love of learning we instill in our students.

Our History

Our center has been in existence since 1983. We are licensed by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services and are conveniently located at 1350 15th Street in Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

Expert Led Early Education Programs
Designed to Bring Out the Best in Your Child