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About Us

About Us

First Steps International Academy opened in June of 2002, FSIA is a fully bilingual preschool committed to creating a community of motivated learners on an individualized basis.

We are a Platinum accredited school, part of the international VESS  Network, and we use the world-renowned VESS Model to nurture individuals with the necessary skills and habits of mind to live meaningful lives with balance and wisdom.

  • About Edu1st.Preschools
  • About Edu1st
  • About The VESS Model
  • About The VESS International Network
  • About The VESS Platinum Accreditation
  • APPLE Accreditation

Edu1st.Preschools

We are part of Edu1st.Preschools, a family of 6 Early Learning Centers located in South Florida that go beyond providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for autonomous learners between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. 

Our schools live within a Culture of Thinking. Every aspect, from the Physical Environment, the Language our educators use, to the learning opportunities we create, is carefully crafted to engage curious minds in awing experiences that lead them to want to know more and to think deeply. We bring the world into the classroom, nurturing life-long curiosity and cultivating children’s innate love for learning.

Edu1st

Edu1st is a pioneering organization created in the United States in 2000 that seeks, with integrity and passion, to transform education by promoting a lasting Culture of Thinking. To achieve this purpose, Edu1st created and developed the VESS Model, a model of institutional transformation that is being implemented in many educational institutions around the world.

The VESS Model

VESS is a pioneering, eclectic, and holistic model that harmoniously integrates different strategies, approaches, and methodologies with the Thinking as a Pedagogical Strategy (PEP) methodology. VESS seeks to develop individuals who lead meaningful lives, with balance and wisdom.

It is a model that aims to go beyond the classroom to transform societies through the consolidation of a lasting Culture of Thinking.

The VESS International Network

We are an Edu1st.Preschool and part of the VESS International Network. This means we are part of a global educational institution network, integrated for more than a hundred schools in 7 countries. Whose purpose is to incorporate the latest global educational trends and apply them into our schools, a Culture of Thinking that lasts, developing individuals who will be prepared for the challenges of the current world and future.

The VESS Platinum Accreditation (Cdp-VESS)

BIA is a Platinum VESS Accredited school. It is awarded to the centers that have consecutively received the VESS Gold accreditation, thus evidencing the consolidation of a sustainable VESS Thinking Culture. This accreditation recognizes the quality of the education and confirms its members have established a Culture of Thinking, living a true educational transformation and generating an impact that transcends the institution and transforms societies.

Our Core Values

Edu1st.Preschools are driven by unifying values: we live and breathe them always inside the schools, with our families and the community.

Programs

Our programs create warm and engaging Cultures of Thinking for children 12 months to 8 years to thrive towards passionate, autonomous learners capable of building happy, balanced, and meaningful lives for themselves. We follow the VESS curriculum, a holistic educational model approved by the Florida School Readiness Program and certified by the Department of Neuroeducation at the University of Barcelona.

VESS is carefully crafted to utilize research-based strategies during play to go beyond targeting developmental stages and nurturing important mind habits and thinking skills: Critical thinking, innovation, grit, a scientific mindset, music and art appreciation, bilingualism, and emotional intelligence.

Preschool

VPK

Virtual Preschool

Afterschool

Camps

Community Events

Preschool

Our Preschool Program brings the world into the classroom!

Every detail, from our strategic classroom distribution, the Language of Thinking our educators use, to the exciting learning opportunities we create, is carefully crafted to engage curious minds in awing experiences that lead them to want to know more and to think deeply.

We nurture life-long curiosity and cultivate children’s innate love for learning in a diverse, bilingual environment that responds to children’s interests and developmental stage.

Now implementing new COVID-19 safety procedures based on DCF and medical experts’ recommendations.

  • Toddlers
  • Twos
  • Threes
  • Pk4 - Pk5

Toddlers

Your once baby is now a Toddler, eager for exploration, independence, and self-expression. An environment that is warm, challenging, safe, exciting and that fosters autonomy and self-esteem.

Their imagination is at its peak and should be encouraged. This is an important time to challenge their gross motor skills and to develop important cognitive functions.

Our Toddler Program is strategically designed to captivate Toddlers’ innate curiosity and imagination while promoting autonomy. While our hands-on sensory activities surprise them daily and encourage them to explore the world through play, our Thinking Strategies help them comprehend it.

Our experienced educators create a warm environment that prioritizes emotional safety, design a physical space that promotes autonomous exploration; plan exciting activities that surprise Toddlers daily, and use VESS Thinking Strategies to promote deep thinking.

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  • We are prepared to foster their inquisition into the imaginative world through dramatic play, creation, and expressivity through the arts.
  • We expose children to meaningful experiences full of emotions, surprises, and fun.
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  • We are prepared to foster their inquisition into the imaginative world through dramatic play, creation, and expressivity through the arts.
  • We expose children to meaningful experiences full of emotions, surprises, and fun.

Holistic Development

  • We target each area of development through activities designated to foster parallel development and at your child’s pace and level of interest.
  • Toddlers are now exploring dexterity, positional concepts, and gross-motor development is far outweighing fine-motor development.
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  • We target each area of development through activities designated to foster parallel development and at your child’s pace and level of interest.
  • Toddlers are now exploring dexterity, positional concepts, and gross-motor development is far outweighing fine-motor development.

Technology vs Learning

  • We are prepared to foster their inquisition by implementing our thinking routines to help them develop their sense of abstract comprehension, language, and development.
  • We are helping them improve their memory function as well as their level to comprehend ideas through the usage of our thinking routines.
  • Children begin to connect with the world they live in, recognize learning tools, use them, and give them meaning.
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  • We are prepared to foster their inquisition by implementing our thinking routines to help them develop their sense of abstract comprehension, language, and development.
  • We are helping them improve their memory function as well as their level to comprehend ideas through the usage of our thinking routines.
  • Children begin to connect with the world they live in, recognize learning tools, use them, and give them meaning.

Mindset

  • By targeting cognitive development through their particular interests, they are more susceptible to making the synaptic connections faster and stronger so they may explore other areas of development.
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  • By targeting cognitive development through their particular interests, they are more susceptible to making the synaptic connections faster and stronger so they may explore other areas of development.

Innovation & Creativity

  • Toddlers are growing more and more confident in their newly discovered abilities and becoming more explorative with each passing day.
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  • Toddlers are growing more and more confident in their newly discovered abilities and becoming more explorative with each passing day.

VESS Citizen

  • Our children are Citizens of the world; they want to make themselves felt through verbal and non-verbal communication; our teachers are highly qualified to generate that respect and connect with each child.
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  • Our children are Citizens of the world; they want to make themselves felt through verbal and non-verbal communication; our teachers are highly qualified to generate that respect and connect with each child.

Building Knowledge

  • Concentration is the game at this stage!
  • Their attention span is beginning to increase, and they are showing more ability to concentrate on the details of what the teacher is saying or doing so they may try by themselves.
  • At this stage, we work with emotions and independence.
  • An important area is to help them understand and identify their wants from their needs.
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  • Concentration is the game at this stage!
  • Their attention span is beginning to increase, and they are showing more ability to concentrate on the details of what the teacher is saying or doing so they may try by themselves.
  • At this stage, we work with emotions and independence.
  • An important area is to help them understand and identify their wants from their needs.

Twos

As your Toddler turns two, they enter an exciting new chapter!

Our Two’s Program focuses on deep learning and comprehension of topics, always through each child’s unique interests and learning rhythm. Educators plan hands-on, multi-sensory activities that capture their inquisitiveness and take a “mentor role” as they use our Thinking Strategies to challenge and promote deep understanding.

With two-year-olds’ growing desire to “do things by themselves,” comes an array of feelings that we take advantage of to help children learn to regulate emotions, value those of others, and develop a growth mindset “I can,” no matter the adversities.

Our educators promote social skills, conflict resolution, and the value of teamwork through our small group work approach and positive discipline strategies.

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Holistic Development

  • Two-year-olds are hungry for independence. Our goal is autonomous learners with the tools and self-confidence to continue their path towards independence, balance, and fulfillment in every area of their lives; they view themselves (and are) unique individuals with their passions, preferences, and needs.
  • We assist them in their (Potty Training) process, guiding and supporting parents during this stage.
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  • Two-year-olds are hungry for independence. Our goal is autonomous learners with the tools and self-confidence to continue their path towards independence, balance, and fulfillment in every area of their lives; they view themselves (and are) unique individuals with their passions, preferences, and needs.
  • We assist them in their (Potty Training) process, guiding and supporting parents during this stage.

Technology vs Learning

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Mindset

  • We promote their autonomy, together with Self Confidence, Social Skills, Emotional Intelligence, and a Growth Mindset.
  • Y el Yo PUEDO, ellos pueden lograrlo, Self Esteem. Conocerme. Mentalidad de Crecimiento. Growth Mindset.
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  • We promote their autonomy, together with Self Confidence, Social Skills, Emotional Intelligence, and a Growth Mindset.
  • Y el Yo PUEDO, ellos pueden lograrlo, Self Esteem. Conocerme. Mentalidad de Crecimiento. Growth Mindset.

Innovation & Creativity

  • During your child’s second year, they are developing a keen sense of imagination.
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  • During your child’s second year, they are developing a keen sense of imagination.

VESS Citizen

  • Social interaction is essential at this age. We work with them individually and in groups, teaching them to manage their emotions to resolve differences and conflicts, share, respect, have empathy, compassion, and learn to collaborate.
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  • Social interaction is essential at this age. We work with them individually and in groups, teaching them to manage their emotions to resolve differences and conflicts, share, respect, have empathy, compassion, and learn to collaborate.

Building Knowledge

  • With their increasing sense of independence, we use special techniques during each activity to help them be taught and learn from other students, develop a positive self-image and self-esteem, and maintain the right amount of confidence as their journey through the toddler years begins to transition into a more autonomous three-year-old.
Building Knowledge
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  • With their increasing sense of independence, we use special techniques during each activity to help them be taught and learn from other students, develop a positive self-image and self-esteem, and maintain the right amount of confidence as their journey through the toddler years begins to transition into a more autonomous three-year-old.

Threes

As your little one turns Three, their inquisitive mind is more active than ever.

Our PK3 Program takes advantage of this age’s eagerness for discovery and places children in an environment built to potentiate each child’s unique interests. Our Teachers take a “mentor” role, using our Thinking Strategies through play to lead each child towards their own discovery. Pre-reading and writing skills, mathematical concepts, and a scientific mindset are always prioritized, but always through exciting activities that are meaningful to the child and respond to their areas of interest.

Our small group set-up encourages the sharing of ideas and teamwork. Our main goal is autonomous little learners with the tools and desire to take over the world and make it a better one.

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  • Our playground is designed for climbing rock walls, exploring yoga, riding their tricycles while gaining an understanding of the road rules, and reaching cognitive milestones as they practice going up and down the steps and alternating their feet
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  • Our playground is designed for climbing rock walls, exploring yoga, riding their tricycles while gaining an understanding of the road rules, and reaching cognitive milestones as they practice going up and down the steps and alternating their feet

Holistic Development

  • They seek friendships and meaningful social interactions.
  • At this stage, it is critical to help them develop personal interests and enhance the love of learning through their interests and positive emotions.
  • Three-year-olds are also much more confident in their motor skills and development.
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  • They seek friendships and meaningful social interactions.
  • At this stage, it is critical to help them develop personal interests and enhance the love of learning through their interests and positive emotions.
  • Three-year-olds are also much more confident in their motor skills and development.

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Mindset

  • Children find the power that communication has through language, which is reinforced and empowered.
  • Children become active protagonists of their learning process. They take an active role in everything that is done; they are challenged continuously intellectually, based on their interests, in community, and with an entrepreneurial spirit.
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  • Children find the power that communication has through language, which is reinforced and empowered.
  • Children become active protagonists of their learning process. They take an active role in everything that is done; they are challenged continuously intellectually, based on their interests, in community, and with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Innovation & Creativity

  • 3-year olds have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and challenge; their gross motor skills are now highly developed and ready for adventure.
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  • 3-year olds have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and challenge; their gross motor skills are now highly developed and ready for adventure.

VESS Citizen

  • Thanks to social interaction, and exposure, they learn the Cause-Effect and the consequences of their actions.
  • They learn that diversity exists and that we all learn, support, and collaborate.
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  • Thanks to social interaction, and exposure, they learn the Cause-Effect and the consequences of their actions.
  • They learn that diversity exists and that we all learn, support, and collaborate.

Building Knowledge

  • At BIA, we have developed an inquisitive culture for little thinkers to grow with their questions, unique interests, and valuable problem-solving skills that give rise to a lifelong passion for learning through exploration and discovery.
  • The development of pre-reading and pre-writing is given with a meaning, where they find value in what they are learning.
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  • At BIA, we have developed an inquisitive culture for little thinkers to grow with their questions, unique interests, and valuable problem-solving skills that give rise to a lifelong passion for learning through exploration and discovery.
  • The development of pre-reading and pre-writing is given with a meaning, where they find value in what they are learning.

Pk4 - Pk5 (VPK)

Our goals for PK4/5 go beyond preparation for Elementary School and into developing Thinking skills that promote their creativity,  out of the box thinking, deep understanding, and problem-solving. We do so by promoting each child’s unique passions and needs in a space with multiple learning setups that respond to various interests and complement this with research-based Thinking Strategies to challenge them intellectually and promote deep comprehension.

We develop autonomous, adaptable kindergarteners with the tools to build fulfilling and balanced lives beyond school.

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  • Through a variety of exciting play-centered learning opportunities and a rich Language of Thinking, our educators create daily intellectual challenges.
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  • Through a variety of exciting play-centered learning opportunities and a rich Language of Thinking, our educators create daily intellectual challenges.

Holistic Development

  • By making their thinking visible, we offer them a tangible way to solve not just the problems we expose them to, but the problems they will encounter when long gone from our academy.
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  • By making their thinking visible, we offer them a tangible way to solve not just the problems we expose them to, but the problems they will encounter when long gone from our academy.

Technology vs Learning

  • As they learn scientific methodologies (hypothesize, collect data, interpret information, graphing), they can explore and communicate about the topics they care about.
  • We are using the scientific method when exploring both natural and unexplained phenomena as they gain more awareness of their world and the world around us. Even if we cannot explain exactly how the Earth was created, we can teach them to apply real scientific methodologies when going out into the environment to collect data and hypothesize when interpreting information into Venn diagrams, number graphs, and webs.
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  • As they learn scientific methodologies (hypothesize, collect data, interpret information, graphing), they can explore and communicate about the topics they care about.
  • We are using the scientific method when exploring both natural and unexplained phenomena as they gain more awareness of their world and the world around us. Even if we cannot explain exactly how the Earth was created, we can teach them to apply real scientific methodologies when going out into the environment to collect data and hypothesize when interpreting information into Venn diagrams, number graphs, and webs.

Mindset

  • Now that your 4-5 year old can carry on a conversation in more depth than before, we are using these moments as valuable learning opportunities. Our thinking routines are designed to allow for their input, to help them understand their thought process and the logic they used to come up with an idea, answer, or hypothesis.
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  • Now that your 4-5 year old can carry on a conversation in more depth than before, we are using these moments as valuable learning opportunities. Our thinking routines are designed to allow for their input, to help them understand their thought process and the logic they used to come up with an idea, answer, or hypothesis.

Innovation & Creativity

  • We embrace their creativity as they extrapolate from ideas gained from hearing a story and build up a vocabulary that is increasing daily in both Spanish and English.
  • We expose children to enriching activities, where there are permanent intellectual challenges and different technologies.
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  • We embrace their creativity as they extrapolate from ideas gained from hearing a story and build up a vocabulary that is increasing daily in both Spanish and English.
  • We expose children to enriching activities, where there are permanent intellectual challenges and different technologies.

VESS Citizen

  • Our daily schedules at BIA are designed to help the growing four years old understand very powerful concepts of time, sequence, and making predictions. We value their need for routines, and we help them plan for the anticipated, and the unexpected.
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  • Our daily schedules at BIA are designed to help the growing four years old understand very powerful concepts of time, sequence, and making predictions. We value their need for routines, and we help them plan for the anticipated, and the unexpected.

Building Knowledge

  • When developing advanced literacy skills, we focus on children’s understanding of how these amplify their power to communicate what matters to them.
  • Four-year-olds are making more one-to-one correspondence. They can verbally express their feelings and understand the concept of cause and effect. From here, we are using our thinking routines to help them understand concepts such as inferential reading, helping them develop a sense of foresight and hindsight, and re-tell a story using the language of literature.
Building Knowledge
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  • When developing advanced literacy skills, we focus on children’s understanding of how these amplify their power to communicate what matters to them.
  • Four-year-olds are making more one-to-one correspondence. They can verbally express their feelings and understand the concept of cause and effect. From here, we are using our thinking routines to help them understand concepts such as inferential reading, helping them develop a sense of foresight and hindsight, and re-tell a story using the language of literature.

Virtual Preschool

Edu1st.PreK 2 Go Online Early Learning Program.

A program designed to support parents in providing a rich and wholesome early learning experience at home for children ages 0-5 years.

We partner with parents to design a thorough learning program for children through carefully-crafted virtual sessions, home activity ideas and parental support, including educational videos, live webinars and one-on-one sessions.

Our program is led by early childhood education professionals and tailored to fit any family’s schedule and needs . We plan a complete and personalized learning program, and follow up on your child’s specific progress and milestones through target setting and progress report sessions.

Afterschool

Our After School Program provides Elementary school children with a stimulating and fun environment.

They are assisted with their homework involved in our physical program and will enjoy various supervised activities.

An afternoon snack will be provided for the children attending the program. Transportation to and from the child’s local elementary school is included in the program.

Some classes are offered at an additional charge; please contact the office for more information.

Camps

The Factory of Fun is a bilingual Camp for children 12 months to 8 years, offered during Winter, Spring and Summer months.

Our Factory of Fun provides age-appropriate seasonal activities that immerse children in a variety of topics: Space Camp, Inventors Workshop, Imaginarium, to name a few, as well as Sports classes, field trips, and special visits.

Weekly themes inspire creativity, challenges, teams, and a different focus on sports and games. All topics engage children in exciting activities that provoke their inquisitiveness and need for discovery; educators complement these activities with our thought-provoking Thinking Strategies that lead children into deep learning about the world.

Our camps are now implementing new COVID-19 safety procedures based on DCF and medical experts’ recommendations.

Community Events

We work in partnership with families and commit to a dynamic, innovative, and evolving program based on the latest findings in neuroscience and education, responding to the needs of children in today’s world.

We understand the difficulties of being parents in this century. That is why we are here to support you, guide you, and be your experts, providing all the necessary advice related to your children’s education.

Our environment makes everyone feel safe and at home.

Accordingly, we offer a variety of resources, free for the community such as webinars, workshops, Baby & me classes, Thnikning adventures, and Storytelling, and much more.

It is necessary to reserve your space since we have a limited capacity in each event.

Elementary-Support Program

Our Elementary-Support Program is an extension of our regular school program catered to Elementary School children. We prioritize the highest safety standards in a fun and challenging environment where children socialize, receive professional academic support, and engage in active play with other elementary school-aged children. It takes place Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and follows the [Broward County] School Calendar.

Our Program includes:

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Our Core Values

Edu1st.Preschools are driven by unifying values: we live and breathe them always inside the schools, with our families and the community.

Commit to amazing service by empowering yourself to make a difference and deliver unique and remarkable experiences

The transparency of your actions with integrity, honesty, and kindness, is the foundation to build trust and achieve balance

Our purpose drives our passion and inspires the way we live, when we share our passion, our happinness and satisfaction is multiplied

Pursue excellence, be proactive adding value and responsability to your actions to grow and move forward

Constantly look for new and better ways to nurture curiosity, empower fun, creative learning, and innovation. Be the leader of new

Enjoying what we do with a positive attitude is contagious. Its boosts productivity and brings happiness and fun to everything we do and everyone around us

Build open honest relationships by listening, considering perspectives, skeaking transparently, and making contributions to a common goal

We are team that support and trust each other. We have the  back of the people around us and we work together to achieve great things and have fun in the process

Our Team

We’re delighted that you’ve decided to explore First Steps International Academy. We understand that looking for the right school is an important decision.