The RiverBend Growth Association (RBGA) facilitated a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 23, 2023, to celebrate the grand opening of its new daycare center. The center opened for business in April 2023. Executive Director, Barbara Corby, was joined by her team Program Administrator Kim Pierce, Center Director Rebekah Boyd, and Latchkey Director Tonya Newby. The RBGA team, RBGA Ambassadors and members, and family and friends took a tour of the facility. This location joins other centers in Alton and Brighton. There are also two latchkey centers in Brighton and Bethalto.

Barbara Corby took over ownership from founder Tracy Trombetta in 2013.

Step By Step Inc. has been providing quality Early Care and Education programs for children 6 weeks to 11 years old since 1993. The mission is to provide opportunities for the maximum potential growth and development of each child along with physical and emotional security within a developmentally appropriate, warm and loving environment.

Center programs are fully licensed as Day Care Centers by the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services and hold a Silver Circle of Quality in the Illinois ExceleRate program at all applicable locations. Corby prides herself that all our center classrooms are equipped with live viewing cameras to help parents feel secure and able to log in at any time.

Says Barbara Corby, “The East Alton Center has a capacity of 123 children but currently has only 87. We have room to grow our school-age program for those that live in the Roxana school district.” East Alton has 22 employees on staff.

More information can be found at or find each center on Facebook.