Our mission is to provide excellent early childhood education and quality child care by building self-confidence in an environment that stimulates fun and discovery through learning.

Steps to Learning Montessori School (SLMS) is a year-round child-centered learning program inspired by Montessori Philosophy. It has been adapted to meet the needs of the children of the 21st century.

We offer a versatile program consisting of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), play-based activities, outdoor classrooms, and provide healthy snacks and enrichment programs such as movement and fitness, healthy choices, gardening, yoga, Spanish, arts & crafts, piano music and ballet. We follow a balanced curriculum by providing both academic and creative subjects.

“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”

- Dr. Maria Montessori

A child's success in life begins with a positive self-image. For a child, self-esteem is nurtured through positive interactions with peers, adults and their environment. We believe that learning begins at birth and continues with everything a child does.

Our goal is to offer a program which builds self-confidence, self-respect, and respect for their surroundings and others in an environment that stimulates fun and discovery through learning.

Child has freedom within a structure to interact with an environment with stimulating activities with the following goals:

  • The development of problem-solving skills
  • Exposure to concepts in Math, Language, Arts, Practical life skills, Science, Sensory, Nature, Self Expression, Books and Writing.
  • Promote one's individual strengths and talents.
  • To develop self-confidence, independence, autonomy and competence.
  • To develop skills for positive social interaction with peers and adults.
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.


"Our daughter has been there since she was 3 months old and now she is over a year, and we are very happy with it. They take very good care of her, she always seems happy when we drop her off and pick her up." - De Viveiros Family

"My younger son has been there since 3 months old and my oldest son was at STLM since 2.5 yrs old. They both graduated to kindergarten. We love STLP, their loving care & creative curriculum for preschoolers and infant/toddlers. My younger son started using the folk and spoon at when he was a year old and they assist with potty training as young as 16 months and up when the family and the child is ready. Teachers give challenges and support for them to grow, and that gives me trust on them." -Goss Family

"The staff at SLMS has been amazing in helping my daughter transition. This was her first school so I was very nervous about her starting school. The director Ruwini is very passionate and genuine about maintaining the school that is welcoming and enlightening for the children. Every time I pick my child up from school she is involved in an activity whether it's creating art in the class room or playing outside." -Powell Family

Enrolling Now

Steps to Learning Preschool provides early childhood education and childcare for ages 3 months - 6 years (including after-school daycare).

School Hours: 7:30-5:30 (Mon-Fri). Contact us for a tour:

(805) 968-4888

6901 Phelps Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117

Montessori Philosophy

We use Montessori materials to refine the 5 senses and teach Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, and improve fine motor skills.

Practice life exercises are also incorporated into daily activities (cleaning up after activities, cooking, pouring, gardening, sweeping and beading etc).

Meet Our Staff

We have highly qualified staff trained in the careful observation of children. Through observation, the staff is able to create an environment that best suits the needs and interests of the child.