At Footsteps, we incorporate the principles and core beliefs of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which states...
(1) Children are capable of constructing their own learning
Children are encouraged to explore their interests. All learning is based on the child's curiosities.
(2) Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
Children collaborate with their peers in small groups on a daily basis and seek out knowledge through their own investigations, while having their thoughts and questions valued.
(3) Children are communicators
Children are encouraged to use language to express feelings and thoughts, and to explore and investigate the world around them.
(4) The environment is viewed as a teacher
Our environment provides inspiration and is ever-evolving to meet the interests of the children. Our space provides children with appropriate materials and tools to further encourage exploration and potential. Our space is also preserved and respected by both the adults and children.
(5) Adults are seen as mentors and guides
Our teachers observe each child's interest, listen to questions and stories, and provide opportunities for children to explore these further.
As a learning community, we strive to acknowledge these beliefs on a daily basis.
Meet the Team
Lilia works closely with our preschool learners -
BA in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies
Radika works closely with our toddler learners -
Currently obtaining a degree in Child Development
Michelle works with our infant learners - The Climbers!
Mom of three
Wendy oversees the daily operations at Footsteps as our Assistant Director!
BA in Psychology
Kristin Chamberlain, Director
B.A. in Child Development
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Child Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy
Kristin has always been passionate in her work with young children, which began in 2006. Born and raised in Hawai'i, Kristin moved to California in 2008 to pursue a career with young children. She was eager to employ many of the values she was taught having been raised in an environment that emphasizes the importance of interpersonal relationships, how to cherish and respect one's natural environment, and ways in which individuals can use community resources to enhance daily life.
Since moving to California, Kristin has obtained her bachelor's degree in Child Development, and her master's degree in Clinical Psychology, specializing in child studies and marriage and family therapy. While obtaining her degrees, Kristin has worked in various settings with young children and families. These settings include, as a nanny, as a child care provider in a daycare, as a preschool teacher, as an assistant director, and in clinical settings, providing therapy to young children and families.
In 2019, Kristin enthusiastically combined her knowledge, experience, and education and opened Footsteps.