Every journey begins by taking the first step!


Marshall First Step Academy is a non-profit program located in Marshall, IL. We specialize in the care and early education of children 6 weeks through 12 years, through our Childcare, Preschool/Pre-K and School-Age Programs. Marshall First Step Academy is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and participates in the Illinois Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Our Vision

At Marshall First Step, it is our vision to provide the community with a high-quality option for early childhood care and education. Our center provides a warm, clean, caring environment where children feel safe and loved. Marshall First Step is a place where parents feel secure leaving their children knowing they are receiving the best possible care and education. Our highly qualified, trained teachers are experts at caring for kids and are eager to support the healthy growth and development of every child in our center. Classrooms are fully equipped with developmentally appropriate learning materials and toys, beckoning children to explore and learn. Children are actively engaged daily in a variety of both teacher-led and self-led activities. Interactions between teachers, families, and children are always friendly and respectful. Children will leave Marshall First Step Academy with a firm grasp on basic skills and a love of learning.

Miss Cassie helping a student

What Parents are Saying about
Marshall First Step Academy…

Marshall First Step Academy is certainly the place to send your preschooler if you want a top notch preschool experience!


This is an astonishing facility that Marshall is lucky to have.


The program is fantastic with the right balance of play centered learning with academic objectives.


The activities Miss Cassie plans are so fun that the kids don’t realize they are learning.


They have learned more than we expected, and have been more than ready for kindergarten.


We couldn’t ask for a better learning environment for our preschooler!


The only thing we would change is that we would have started our daughter sooner!


My son grew leaps and bounds at Marshall First Step Academy.


My child has really learned a lot since starting school at First Step Academy and enjoys going every day.


I would recommend this school to any parent wanting their child to have a high quality preschool education.


It’s very clear that this was the best choice for us to enroll our daughter here and we will be sending our other kids her as well!


Miss Cassie and Miss Connie have been excellent in helping Charlee learn and grow in her education.


I believe this is the best preschool in the area! I recommend it to everyone!


They truly know what the students need and they provide it in every way!”


Kale has learned so much and has grown into such an eager to learn young man!


Miss Cassie, Miss Connie, and the program they have has completely turned our oldest son’s outlook on school around in such a short amount of time.

Josh & Cortney

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