First School Childcare: Where Happy Kids Love to Learn

Our holistic curriculum, under the direction of well-trained teachers, allows your child to experience the joy of learning through hands-on activities. It also ensures the development of self-esteem and provides the experiences from which children become life-long learners.

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Why First School?

First School’s Montessori-based programs allow early years of development to learn in a prepared environment that does more than teach your child; they instill confidence, independent thought, and a life-long love for learning at their own pace.


Highest Quality Curriculum

Teaming with parents, professionals, local schools, North American Montessori Center,among others.

Amazing, Well-Trained, Certified Staff

Attentive to differentiation, learning milestones, and encouraging positive social and emotional awareness.

Loyal Community Support

First School and Montessori alumni are always around to share their experiences and success stories.


Happy, Well-Adjusted, Independent Children

Attentive staff assist with transitions and model self-help and problem-solving skills.

Prepared For School and Beyond

Fostering critical thinking to support healthy social, emotional, and academic abilities

Child Care and Education Collaboration

We’re in this together with family connection and home-language reinforcement

What Do Parents Love About First School?

Immaculately Clean and the Curriculum is Incredible

“Both of my children have attended this school. It is always immaculately clean (as a high school teacher of 15 years, I can tell you how important this is), wonderfully staffed, and the curriculum is incredible.”

There Is No Other Place in Manhattan I Would Trust As Much As I Trust Them

The director is very caring and knowledgeable and really knows how to manage a school. Their pre-k and aftercare programs are fantastic. We have been a part of the First School family for almost 3 years. There is no other place in Manhattan I would trust as much as I trust them.”

A Calm First Day of School

“I still remember the first day of school for my little guy. He was so upset and scared because he had never been to a school before and he was having separation issues. The director came over and was able to calm him down and helped him not feel so scared anymore. She even spoke with me right after I had left to let me know how he was doing. Sure enough when I picked him up he was happy and wanting to come back to school.”

Thank you First School Staff!

“Where do I begin?! From the minute I stepped in, as a mother, I got a GREAT feeling about First School. The attention and care that the staff provides the kids is amazing! I’m glad I was able to find this daycare so close to home and with great staff, learning experience, and adventures for my babies. Thank you First School Staff!”  ~ Sandra

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First School - Manhattan
25610 S. Gougar Rd.,
Manhattan IL 60442
M-F: 6:30am - 6pm
Weekends: Closed
First School - Mahomet
1403 E Oak St
Mahomet Il. 61853
M-F: 7:30a – 5:30p
Closed Weekends