​"One book, one pen, one child, and ONE TEACHER can change the world". Malala Yousafzai
Our teachers are nurturers as well as an educators, someone who encourages learning through exploration, and who understands the balance between what a child needs to feel safe and what she requires to reach her potential. Your child’s teacher is your partner. At First Steps Learning Center, families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating challenges, and communicating daily about your child’s achievements and goals. 

First Steps Learning Center's


Bridgette Cooper, Center's Director

First Steps Learning Center's Director, Bridgette Cooper, is a mother of one who also has many years of child care experience working in licensed childcare experience as a Teacher as well as an Assistant Director. She has attended Belhaven to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration while also earning her Director Credentialing through the Mississippi State Department of Health Childcare Department, Early Years Network. Her true and genuine passion for smaller children has allowed her to play a vital role in the day-to-day operations here at First Steps Learning Center to ensure that our children have a safe and nurturing environment that provides a safe heaven for our children to learn and grow.

Shanda Fields, Infant Teacher

First Steps Learning Center's Infant teacher, Ms. Shanda, is a mother of four with 13 years of experience working particularly with infants inside a licensed childcare facility. Ms, Fields also have completed numerous training such as Prevention of SIDS, (2) Infant Breastfeeding, Infant CPR/First Aid, and more. With many years of experience with infants, we are sure that your child will be in the best care of our staff. 

April Moody,
Toddler Teacher/Director Designee 

First Steps Learning Center's toddler teacher, Ms. April is a mother of three with 7 years of childcare experience in a licensed childcare facility along with 2 years of child care counselor experience. Ms. Moody will be joining our team while also providing assistance to the Center's Director in her absence to assure that our parents' needs are being fulfilled on an ongoing basis. 

Dee Armstrong, Preschool Teacher

First Steps Learning Center's Preschool teacher, Ms. Dee, is a mother of two with over 17 years of working with children in many different areas. Ms. Dee has worked with the Youth in connection with Eudora Welty Library, Wells United Methodist Church, Junior Achievement of Mississippi, and more. Ms. Dee has also offered Art to the youth through her very own art studio, Tiny Da Vinci Creative Arts for children previously located in Ridgeland, MS. We are excited to see the creative side Ms. Dee can offer to our center.

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Leading the way for our children beginning at their first steps!