Columbia, MO

"Because every step counts!"

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A Fun, Safe Facility

When you tour our facility, you'll see that Big Steps Early Learning Center offers a great balance of educational fun, accessibility, and security. Your kids will love our play areas and preschool, and you can rest assured that they're in good hands.

  • Multiple indoor rooms, each stocked with age-appropriate furnishings, activities, and toys

  • 2 large outdoor play areas with safe, age-appropriate equipment

  • Year-round enrollment, including part- and full-time options

  • Transportation to local elementary schools: Blue Ridge, Derby Ridge, Alpha Hart Lewis, and Columbia Title 1 Preschool

  • A combination of teachers with degrees in early childhood education or experience in early childhood professions

  • A curriculum that is well balanced and age appropriate

  • Closed-circuit security system with cameras inside and out

  • Entry security panels to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the building — each family has a unique entry code

"Are you looking for loving, nurturing, stable childcare for your little one? I've been with Big Steps Early Learning Center for over 15 consecutive years. I've seen the transformation from drab and everyday run of the mill to what it has become.


The facility is bright; cheerful; very kid friendly; has a safe, large playground with divisions for all ages; spotlessly clean; and shows consistency in their staff and administration.


Call today and ask for Amie — she'll be proud to show you her center and introduce you to her staff!"

From Kathy

Plenty of Entertaining and Educational Events

There's always something going on at Big Steps Early Learning Center. We encourage family involvement, so parents and other family members are always welcome to visit, eat lunch or a snack with us, and go on class trips with us.


We offer all kinds of learning and exercise opportunities for the children in our care.

  • Special presentations fitting with curriculum topics

  • Annual recognition days by members of the community such as police, firefighters, librarians, nurses, and other community volunteers

  • Affiliation with Gymnastic Express and Macher's Swim School — BSELC pays for HALF of the monthly fee for students participating in Gymnastics Express


You'll also find regular events to celebrate holidays and other important occasions.

  • Mother's and Father's Day breakfasts

  • Holiday Parties — Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

  • Spring and fall parent-teacher conferences

  • Spirit Week

  • Pre-K Graduation

  • Parents' Night Out


For upcoming activities and events, please read our blog.

SAVE on enrollment with our multiple-student discounts.