It’s circle time in 1st STEP and two-year-old students are getting ready to sing their multilingual greeting song. This early opportunity to interact with peers is well-aligned with their developmental needs. As physical, social, and language skills develop in their second year, children begin to take their first steps toward greater independence. The LFCDS 1st STEP educational program offers these young learners the opportunity to make new friends and explore the world around them in a safe, structured, nurturing environment. Our thematic, hands-on, multi-sensory curriculum includes early literacy, math, science, and music instruction, as well as art projects and outdoor physical activity on a playground designed just for this age group.
1st STEP is for children who are turning two during the school year

Program Details

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  • 2019–2020 Tuition

    Three-day morning program—$7,200
    Two-day morning program—$5,215
  • Teacher-to-student ratio

  • Class Hours

    8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Curriculum Guide


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  • Photo of Sue Buhrmester

    Sue Buhrmester 

    1st STEP Lead Teacher
    (847) 615-6110
  • Photo of Cynthia Garcia

    Cynthia Garcia 

    1st STEP Teacher, Senior Kindergarten Physical Education Teacher
    (847) 234-2350
A co-educational independent private school for students age 2 through Grade 8.
Graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning since 1888.
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Lake Forest Country Day School