Parents and Sitters. Connected.

First Steps Network of Atlanta has developed a rigorous and thorough screening process to connect capable childcare providers with families. Our network is trusted by thousands of members throughout Metro Atlanta.

Why Parents Choose First Steps?

Higher Quality

Our network is safer. Each First Steps member goes through a rigorous application process to ensure the best fit for everyone. Most importantly, potential members meet with a First Steps representative. All families have a home visit, organizations have a site visit, and sitters have an interview. Sitters then create an Evident ID to initiate ongoing background screening, and must obtain – and maintain – pediatric CPR training. First Steps combines efficient technology with higher requirements for membership.

Fast Results

Eliminate stress. Our online portal allows requests anytime, and members are encouraged to directly communicate with their favorites. The First Steps model provides the best of both worlds, and eliminates hard work for members. Easy to maintain online profiles house preferences so members can quickly access matches and choose what best suits them.

More Flexibility

Use your First Steps membership as much or as little as you’d like with zero additional transactions. An unlimited subscription fee is paid just once per year. Members can preset an hourly rate up front, or negotiate directly with matches. Plus, First Steps sitters are paid directly, allowing investment in favorites and incentivizing quality work.

Think about First Steps as a networking tool.

First Steps makes connections easier and does not “employ” providers. When you sign up, you become a member and may use First Steps as often as you like. First Steps does not prohibit members from contacting one another at anytime, directly, outside of the network. We stand by our model as the easiest way to find an available sitter at anytime – especially last minute. We strive to make the process of securing childcare easier, better and faster!

How it Works for Parents

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Sign Up

  • Parents and Children
  • Location and Contact
  • Sitter Preferences

To get started, complete your registration. We’ll ask you to select a few preferences so we can find only the sitters who will be the best match for you and your family. After you complete this, a First Steps representative will contact you to complete your application, including a brief visit to your home.


Request a Sitter

  • Date of Request
  • Starting Time
  • Ending Time

Use our convenient website to find a sitter for a specific date and time. You can request a sitter for next week, tomorrow, or even at the last minute. All of our sitters are higher educated and otherwise professional. We only approve sitters who love children and have excellent experience as childcare providers .



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You’ll receive an email with a list of available sitters who match all of your preferences. You can read profiles, view stats, see pictures, and book your favorite. Click Select, and then contact your sitter directly about any remaining details. Simple.

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Our Parents Love Us

  • First Steps has figured out a flexible and reliable model that works for today’s family.

    ~ John, father of three
  • I trust my First Steps sitter matches, knowing they have surpassed the rigorous screening process put in place by First Steps.

    ~ Suzy, mother of two
  • With First Steps, only the most qualified candidates have arrived at my doorstep.

    ~ Leisa, mother of two
  • What a blessing. First Steps definitely takes all my fears away from having a first time sitter!

    ~ Audra, mother of four
  • First Steps takes just as wonderful care of their nannies and sitters as they do their families.

    ~ Allyne, mother of one