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San Marcos is more than beautiful rivers, education, and good neighbors. It is also the businesses that make up the economy of our city.

These businesses are owned and/or operated by our neighbors and often overlooked in the mainstream media.We sent out questionnaires to dozens of companies in San Marcos and the surrounding areas and will feature a new one each week. If you would like your company featured on an upcoming Business Spotlight, shoot an email to chris@newstreamz.com with your fax number and we will send you a questionnaire.

Business Spotlight – First Step School

Owner:
Tina Thomas-Owens

Director:
Tina Thomas-Owens

Assistant Director:
Jolene Sanders

Physical Address:
4003 Hunter Road San Marcos, Texas 78666

Phone:
512-353-4177

Fax:
512-805-7050

Website:
www.firststepschool.org

Date Business Opened:
August 1995

Description of products/services sold:
A good balance of childcare and learning for children birth to 12 years of age.  Both academics and developmental milestones is are focus!  In a loving, structured and fun environment.

Why are you located in San Marcos?
I was born and raised in San Marcos Texas!  I love the area and know a lot of families in the area.  There is definitely a need for good childcare.

What makes your business unique:
‘Teach’ the children, not just babysit, Structure, Good balance of academics and free choice in a caring environment, Family owned and operated, hot meals served, High parental involvement, Active PTO, Family events outside of school hours, Preschool Graduation ceremony and graduation photos, Long-term staff, Community involvement, Annual children performances in the community, Field trips, Reading instruction for preschool children, Summer program and aferschool care for school age children, Lots of extra curricular hosted at the school: eg. sports camp, cheer camp, stretch-n-grow excercise class for children, ballet class, monthly children activities.  These are currently offered.  We are looking into possibly doing piano/keyboard lessons in the fall.  In the past we have offered Spanish and computer classes. As well as art and music classes.
School photos are taken two times a year. Cowboy Bob pony rides and photos annually. School newsletter sent out quarterly, Yearbook in process

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