Child Development Center

First Steps Nashville’s Child Development Center is a center-based preschool program for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten, offered at the McWhorter Family Children’s  Center, which is specifically designed to encourage any child to achieve his or her full potential. Our students include typically developing children as well as those with special needs, medical conditions or developmental delays. Through developmental assessments, flexible curriculum and low teacher/student ratios, our children receive individualized instruction based on their needs.

At the same time, First Steps creates an inclusive learning environment. Children with disabilities share the classroom with typically developing children, and each group learns from and appreciates the other.

The McWhorter Family Children’s Center is the perfect atmosphere for learning and growth. Specifically designed for early childhood education, the center features large classrooms, fun themes and a spacious indoor play area.

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Our mission is to educate and care for children with special needs and medical conditions alongside their typically developing peers in inclusive environments and support their families.

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Advantages for Children with Disabilities

First Steps Nashville provides individualized learning for each Child; regardless of ability or condition, your child will find a home at First Steps.  We welcome children with unique learning needs as well as those with diagnosed conditions like autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or feeding difficulty. Based on development assessments, we create an individualized learning program that may include an IEP or IFSP to help your child achieve his or her full potential.

First Steps also offers child-specific care related to health and medical conditions including on-site nursing and therapy. Our staff is specially trained to work with diverse populations  of children including those with feeding tubes, seizures disorders and special mobility and seating equipment.

Our growing list of on-site therapy services reduces transportation burdens on parents while helping to coordinate and improve health care for your child.

First Steps Nashville offers the following types of therapy:


AAC/Alternative ad augmentation communication

Hearing Loss, Apraxia

Physical Therapy

Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Feeding Therapy

Sensory Processing

Sensory Integration

Therapeutic Listening

Aquatic Therapy

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Advantages for Typically Developing Children

First Steps Nashville’s goal in the preschool is to fully prepare your child for kindergarten and develop a lifetime love for learning. We offer a broad education to students of all backgrounds.

Our unique approach blends customized, child-specific learning programs with Metro Nashville kindergarten-readiness requirements. Our early literacy programs increase language development and reading readiness. Our students have been successful as they move on to both public and private schools.

The results speak for themselves — 100 percent of our pre-K students who have been tested met benchmarking for national standards.

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McWhorter Family Children’s Center

The minute you step into the McWhorter Family Children’s Center, you’ll understand why it is the perfect environment for learning and growth. From the fun jungle theme to the child-friendly bathrooms, the facility was specifically designed to meet the needs of young people.

In Nashville, TN, conveniently located right off Hillsboro Road in Green Hills, the McWhorter Center features six preschool classrooms; colorful hallway art of animals, trees and a starlight ceiling; and spacious outdoor and indoor play areas that are critical for the development of motor skills.

Therapy rooms allow a variety of individual therapy sessions to be provided on-site, which is an added convenience for parents.

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How to Enroll

Parents of typically developing children and children with special needs can enroll in preschool (ages 6 weeks – kindergarten) at First Steps by contacting Stephanie Underwood, (615) 690-3091 or Children with special needs can be referred to First Steps by pediatricians or social service agencies and you will also contact Stephanie.

For more information on enrollment in any of our programs, contact Kelli Jo Hazen at (615) 690-3091 or

We accept Department of Human Services Families First Child Care certificates.



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