THE GIANT STEPS DIFFERENCE

OUR HISTORY

Giant Steps is an independent privately owned preschool founded in 1997 by Jennifer Dhaemers, a former NISD Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten school teacher, graduate from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Texas State Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Certification, and ten years of preschool teaching experience at Giant Steps Early Learning School.

Giant Steps Early Learning School initially began in the home of Jennifer Dhaemers in 1997-2001 as a private preschool for children ages 3-5 years. As parents of Giant Steps’ graduates shared their children’s success for early academic achievement, demand for its curriculum grew and resulted in expansion from an in-home preschool to its existing location (built to re-create the home-like atmosphere) and early educational program for children ages 2-5 years with Early Learners, Preschool, and Transitional Kindergarten programs. Over two decades later, Giant Steps Early Learning School continues to produce graduates who go on to succeed both academically and personally.

“As Owner, former teacher, and Director of Giant Steps, I am dedicated to providing the very best for your child academically and socially within a nurturing and loving environment.” - Jennifer Dhaemers, Founder/Executive Director

EXCEEDING THE STATE STANDARD

Giant Steps Early Learning School takes great pride in providing an extraordinary team of teachers. We go to great lengths to ensure that all teachers meet the qualifications set by the state, in addition to completing annual training, first aid and CPR certification, as well as background and fingerprint checks. Our highly qualified teachers are carefully selected based on their education, previous teaching experience, love of children, and ability to bond and effectively communicate with their students and their parents. Our teaching staff remains consistent with teachers having varying levels of experience and education. All teachers in our preschool and transitional kindergarten classrooms are required to have a BA Degree in early childhood education or a closely related field, along with a State Teacher Certification. This high standard is one of many that sets Giant Steps Early Learning School apart. Giant Steps Early Learning School realizes that we are only as good as our team of teachers, so we only hire the best and maintain the best!

TUITION

Our tuition rates reflect our annual budget and needs to provide an exceptional education for your child, as well as, maintaining our building and school grounds. We do not post our annual tuition rates online as these change each school year in August. Giant Steps will provide the tuition increase in January of each year. However, the increase does not take effect until the next school year. Giant Steps charges a monthly tuition rate according to your child’s enrollment selection of FULL TIME, MWF, or T/TH. Parents may select a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan. Upon your tour, you will receive a full enrollment packet to include our tuition rates. We strongly believe there is so much more to the care and education of your child besides price and an in-person tour will demonstrate this. Giant Steps attracts parents who feel strongly about happy, nurturing, and qualified teaching staff, bright and clean facilities both indoors and outdoors, large outdoor areas with natural environments, and the highest quality of learning. We do all that and more to give your child the most rewarding educational experience to grow and develop. Please feel free to explore our website or schedule a tour with us to see our beautiful Giant Steps’ grounds and classrooms to get a better idea of what makes Giant Steps Early Learning School so extraordinary!

Jennifer Dhaemers

Founder/Executive Director

Sandy Castillo

Assistant Director