Steps Tutoring provides private tutoring and academic enrichment -- either in our office or in your home – to children in preschool and grades K to 12. We have seen that teaching children what they need to know, in our step-by-step sequential manner, causes children to love school, motivates them to do well, and, inevitably, causes them to achieve higher grades both now and when they are older.

Our programs were all created by our director, developmental psychologist Irene Daria, Ph.D. In addition to being an expert in how children's academic abilities develop, Dr. Daria is a reading specialist and the mother of two boys. She has walked in your shoes and understands the challenges families face entering, and excelling in, Manhattan schools, both public and private.

Your child’s time with us will begin with a targeted assessment conducted by Dr. Daria that will identify your child’s areas of strength and weakness. Based on the results of the assessment, your child will then be taught the topics he or she needs to learn. 

Because all the lessons will be targeted to your child’s specific needs, your child will develop a solid understanding of the material that will help him or her, almost instantly, do better in school and on tests. Please refer to our “testimonials” link to better understand what makes us so special and see how we have helped other families.

What families say about us


“Eve is flourishing at Stuyvesant and I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for all that you did for us. Not only did Eve get into Stuyvesant because of her weekly lessons with your tutors, but the lessons taught her study habits that are contributing to her success now at Stuyvesant. She is maintaining a high A average in all her classes.”

-- Jen Wening

“Irene is truly remarkable at teaching children how to read. I feel so fortunate that I discovered her for my children.”

-- actress Kate Winslet

“I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your support and insight into helping our son. His teacher says he writes easily and at length without prodding. His vocabulary is through the roof and his reading comprehension is also very strong. This nearly brought me to tears! Such a long way he has come.”

-- parent at Hunter Elementary School