Founded by our Executive Director, Candy Watkins, A Step Ahead first opened its doors in 2001. Our name was chosen to describe not only the progress of children who enroll in our program, but also the forward-thinking culture of this non profit organization.
In 2000, birth to three services in our community were usually provided in specialized classes for toddlers with developmental delays. Although they certainly had a role in helping to develop social skills in young children, many parents were losing out on the significant benefits of a home visiting program.
Candy opened A Step Ahead with the commitment to broaden the services delivered to children in their homes and childcares and to continue to offer progressive and proven options. We were the first organization to offer speech therapy in homes and were proud to help support the development of Language Preschools.
A Step Ahead is also recognized for our collaborative approach. We continue to forge successful partnerships with Early Head Start, Children’s Therapy Center and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma for our joint Inclusive Play to Learn classes.
Today, you’ll also find one of the region’s most experienced, energetic and talented staffs here. While some faces have changed and we continue to innovate and grow our skills, one thing remains constant: our belief that every child with special needs can find a home at A Step Ahead.