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Welcome to

El Primer Paso

Play. Learn. Grow. 

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Early Care

Our inclusive preschool program benefits children ages three to five.

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Full Day

Students are prepared for kindergarten in the public school system.

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El Primer Paso’s Aftercare program provides extra learning to our students.

English as a Second Language

Our adult ESL curriculum focuses on communication skills for the workplace and social environments.

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Our Approach

El Primer Paso is guided by the following core values: Integrity, Respect, Early Literacy and Family Involvement in Education, Diversity, Culture and Acceptance of Differences and Community Partnerships


Dr. Seuss Pajama Party 
Thanks to our staff, parents, and readers (Dover Police Officers Dennis Marte and Francisco Aragon, Past Fire Chief Eric Berg, and Board Member Luis Martinez) for sharing this experience with our kids. Everyone had fun!

On June 21, 2022 El Primer Paso graduated its 52nd preschool class.  The celebration was particularly special since we were unable to have a real ceremony during the pandemic.  Our children, with the help of their teachers and Board member Luis Martinez (who accompanied the children on his guitar), learned three songs and put on a very special performance.  One of the songs, "The World is a Rainbow"  is depicted in the video above.

What Parents Think

My husband and I both went to El Primer Paso when we were little. I remember loving it back then and 30+ years later my little one is loving it too! I can't recommend this (full day!) preschool enough. My son is learning and playing and socializing with kids his age, in a safe, fun environment. It's home away from home. Mrs Ramirez is wonderful and so good with the kids (as is all the staff). I also love that the app allows for quick communication and updates. At El Primer Paso I feel confident that my child is in great hands. Highly recommend!

~Mother of Cameron

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