Columbia, MO

"Because every step counts!"

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Big Steps Early Learning Center has full-time and part-time care available for children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. Your child will spend the day in an age-appropriate classroom with children of the same age and developmental stage.

In order to enroll your child at Big Steps Early Learning Center, state law requires certain forms.


Please download and complete the forms below. Depending on your child's age and any special needs, additional paperwork may be required.


It is the guardian's responsibility to make sure BSELC is kept up to date on immunizations and current household information.

Required paperwork

Great ways to SAVE on tuition

There are several ways to SAVE on your child's tuition at Big Steps Early Learning Center.

  • Competitive tuition rates — Compare our rates and service to other local schools and care providers. We think you'll like what you see.

  • Multi-children discounts — For 2 siblings, you pay full tuition for the younger child and SAVE 10% on the older child's tuition. For families with more than 2 children, each of the older ones gets a 5% discount.

  • Referral bonuses — Parents who refer new enrollees earn $50 off their tuition once the new enrollees have been enrolled and paid for 30 days.

  • Loyalty program — Earn 5 consecutive days of free tuition after 60 days of enrollment in 1 calendar year

Please contact us to arrange a visit and learn more about

Big Steps Early Learning Center.

Application Parent Contract USDA Enrollment Form Physical Form Treatment Authorization Emergency Contact Form Immunization Records USDA Eligibility Form Parent Handbook
  • Infants (6 weeks to 12 months)

  • Toddlers (1 to 1.5 years)

  • Tots (1.5 to 2.5 years)

  • Tikes (2.5 to 3.5 years)

  • Pre-K (3.5 to 5 years)

Part-time care (fewer than 5 days per week) is limited to children 2 years old and up. It's available only by making advanced arrangements with our office.


We encourage all interested parents to tour our facility and meet your child's potential teachers.Interviews with the Owner (Ms. Amie) or Directors (Ms. Candace and Ms. Paulette) can be scheduled by request.


On your tour, you will receive specific info about the class and application.

  • A copy of the Parent Handbook

  • The most recent school newsletter

  • A FREE book for your child


If a classroom is full, we'll maintain a waiting list and fill openings that become available in the date order of the waiting list.


Once your child is enrolled, we offer a brief orientation period before the first day of attendance. Transitions can be challenging for children, and this process helps everyone step into a new stage of life with greater ease.

  • Visit BSELC for 1 hour with the child and parent(s) present

  • Visit for 2 hours with the parent(s) present part of the time

  • Make a morning visit through lunch without the parent(s) and pick up the child just before nap


Orientations can be customized based on a given child's needs.