How It All Began
Why did I, a former High School foreign language teacher, decide to start my own school for young children, 25 years ago? Every time I would visit Dallas, my home town, I would go directly to Cornerstone, my sister’s preschool, and just marvel at what was going on. I just could not believe what those children were doing and what those teachers were teaching. It was so much fun to watch!
With great family support, I took over, on July 14, 1983, The First Step Child Development Center, a smaller, lovely building a few streets away, four months after my first child was born. In May, 1986, we finished construction and moved into the first phase of The Towne Creek School. It encompassed nine classrooms surrounding a large Multi Purpose Room, a kitchen, a small library and one large playground. In 1993, we completed phase 2, which added an extension of the library, 5 classrooms, an indoor gym, a play “field” area, an infant-toddler play area, and a swimming pool.
My goal was simply to provide the very best child development program possible. The only way I knew to do that was to find the very best teachers I could find. The only way I knew to do that was to seek teachers degreed in early childhood education so that every activity planned for the children would have an educational and developmental purpose.
I wanted to make sure that the children had a day full of learning and enrichment, and that we were promoting all skills – social, emotional, physical and cognitive. Our academic program must be complemented by our creative arts as well, as we have always emphasized drama, music, art, cultural and environmental awareness, science and Spanish from the earliest days of our program.
What greater joy can there be than having former students now in their teens or twenties come apply for a job because they want to share their love of learning and positive experiences, that they derived from Towne Creek, with the young children of today?