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Details and information displayed here were provided by this business and may not reflect its current status. We strongly encourage you to perform your own research when selecting a care provider.

I give 50% off for siblings of a full time child who is enrolled from the same family
In business since: 1994
Total Employees: 1
Awards & Accreditations
I am First Aid and CPR certified. I am state licensed and I have been to numerous childcare seminars and trainings.


State license status: LICENSE ISSUED (IL) ( verified on 1/7/2022)
This business has satisfied Illinois's requirements to be licensed. For the most up-to-date status and inspection reports, please view this provider's profile on Illinois's licensing website.
Licensing requirements typically include:
  • Complying with safety and health inspections
  • Achieving the required levels of educational training
  • Maintaining a minimum caregiver-to-child ratio
  • Other state-defined requirements


Monday :
7:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday :
7:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday :
7:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday :
7:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday :
7:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday :
Sunday :
Teacher/Student Ratio:
1 to 8
Program Capacity:

Cost & Availability

Class Type Rate Rate Type Availability *
Toddler $ 150 per week 0
Preschool $ 150 per week 1
Pre-K $ 150 per week 0
school age $ 150 per week 0
*availability last updated on 07/15/2022
Full Time (5 days/wk)
Part Time (1-4 days/wk)
Half-Day (Morning)
Half-Day (Afternoon)
Extended Care (Before School)
Extended Care (After School)
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  • Cash

Ratings & Reviews

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My daughter attended here with Ms. Paulette for 2 years. We're only leaving because my daughter will be attending a full day preschool in the fall. Paulette provides a safe and fun environment with a variety of activities, including trips to the park and splash pad. I'm most impressed that she is able to incorporate traditional play with educational activities and plenty of outside times. Some of my daughter's favorite memories are of the holiday parties. Most importantly, Paulette genuinely cares about the children she cares for and does all she can to provide each child the best experience possible.
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Thank you Courtney,
It was my great pleasure to have your daughter in my daycare and to have you and your husband as my daycare parents.
I enjoyed very much teaching and playing with your daughter who was a very good student with a fun sense of humor.
I will miss you all, but good luck to you and your daughter- I know she will do well in school!
Thank you for all the good memories, Paulette
Jennifer E
Paulette starting caring for my oldest son when he was 20 months old, and my youngest son at 12 weeks old. They are now 5 and almost 3. Over the past 3.5 years, she has been incredibly reliable and accommodating for our family, even during the beginning stages of the pandemic when everything was up in the air. She drove my oldest son to and from preschool 4 days/week and does a great job getting the kids outside to play in the backyard and/or at local parks. During non-Covid times, she would regularly take the kids to splash pads, movies, the library and many other fun places. My oldest son is a pretty high-maintenance kid and she was very helpful and supportive when we were having behavior issues with him. She went out of her way to try to follow through with the things we were doing at home to try and minimize his tantrums. She kept my kids on a great napping schedule and they somehow never got hurt when they were at her house (they play super rough). She does a great job engaging the kids in project every day and doing themed activities. I would highly recommend Paulette's day care to anyone looking for an in-home daycare.
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Thank you so much Jen!
I really enjoyed having your family as part of my daycare. You have very smart boys and it was such fun to see them grow over the years. I am so happy that you found my
daycare helpful and reliable for you. I like to make things as easy for parents as possible
because parenting is the hardest job you will ever have!
It's really rewarding and fulfilling to know a family as nice and thoughtful as yours
and I will always consider you family to me. Thanks and good luck to you!
Would not recommend. My child had a very bad experience here and was not treated well. Think twice before enrolling a child here as the savings may not be worth the quality of care. Question everything and don't be fooled.
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Ann, I'm sorry you feel this way. Your son has serious behavior issues which
are harmful to himself and other children. It was necessary to end your short
stay to have your son evaluated.
Please call me to discuss what I can do to help you and your son. I am
available to you if you would just like to talk about the difficult time you have .
been going through. Please reach out!
Kathy B
Paulette has taken care of my two boys, now ages 7 and 9, since my oldest was 15 months. She is reliable, flexible, and full service! Paulette has a great backyard for playing outdoors, a large playroom where the boys play games, make crafts, watch movies, and more. I love that she takes them to the library, the splash park, and the movies. She keeps it interesting for the kids! I feel completely confident leaving my boys with Paulette because I know she will make sure they are well cared for. When my youngest son was unexpectedly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three years ago, I didn't know what I was going to do but Paulette had no qualms about getting trained to manage his medical needs which put my mind at ease. I encourage you to give First Step Home Child Care a try. Paulette has become like family to us and I couldn't recommend her more!
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Kathy, Thank you for your kind review. Both of your boys were a delight to have in my daycare. They are both so nice and polite and were good influences on my other daycare children. I'm so glad we became friends and please keep in touch!
Bethany M
Both of my children went to First Step Home Child Care for 6 years!
Paulette has been amazingly flexible in the care that we needed. From full time care to dropping off and picking up at half day preschool and kindergarten, all the way through elementary school when they would only come for after-school care. I had interviewed other day care providers and found none that were as flexible with school drop offs/pick ups/or bus routes as Paulette was. It was really appreciated.
My boys thoroughly enjoyed their time spent at "Miss Paulette's". They got plenty of playtime - sometimes t-ball in the backyard or even walks to the local playgrounds. She took them on field trips to the library, nature centers, and sometimes special trips (to a movie on a school holiday for example) that she would arrange with us parents.
I never had to worry about their safety. A couple of times I picked them up at a park where they were playing as I was home a little early. Paulette wasn't sitting on a bench, but was out in the playground watching those kids play and keeping tabs on them. It was great and I was so pleased to see the level of attention she paid to the kiddos.
She runs a very friendly child care in the large family room of her home. Kids will have time to rest or read in the late afternoon, and if they have homework that will get done as well (make sure to ask!).
I highly recommend First Step Home Child Care, Paulette has been really wonderful.
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Bethany, I really enjoyed having your sons in my daycare. Yes, we had lots of baseball games in the backyard and Wednesday mornings in the summer were always movie days at the local theater. We all enjoyed so many activities indoors and out!
I'm so glad that I could accommodate your families changing needs and that you chose and trusted me to take care if your boys. Thank you for your good review.
Good luck and best wishes to your family!
Deanne P
When I was looking for childcare I interviewed 8 home daycare locations. Paulette was the only one of all eight women who did not make my son cry. She picked him up and he smiled. I knew she was the one.
Paulette started watching my son when he was 8 months old. There was constant interaction. I cannot remember the timeframe but i was amazed when my son could not only recite the alphabet but identify letters way before any other friends child his age.
He was exposed to reading so early on, his skills surpassed expectations when he entered school.
I could always rely on Paulette for school transportation. There was never a doubt or worry.
Field trips took place very often. The kids always enjoyed anything Paulette had planned.
Meals and naps were always structured and there was always plenty of playtime as well as quiet time for reading or movies.
Paulette is very active in the kids days whether indoors or out. My son is older now and no longer needs childcare but Paulette took great care of him for many years. He still likes to visit, stop by and just say hi.
This says a lot about the relationships she develops with the kids as well as the parents.
Paulette is a wonderful childcare provider!
Reply from First Step Home Child Care
Deanne, Thank you so much for your kind words.
Your son was a pleasure to have in my daycare and I remember laughing so much at the funny things he used to say when he was small.
I'm so happy to have made a difference in his scholastic outlook and wish him the best for his continued success.
It has been a privilege to have your family and your son come to visit me over the years
-it means so much to me.
I give 50% off for siblings of a full time child who is enrolled from the same family
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