Justin Baldoni on Daughter Maiya: ‘It’s Like My Heart Is Existing Outside of My Body’

05/08/2016 at 03:00 PM ET

Fatherhood looks good on Justin Baldoni.

When it comes to his daughter Maiya Grace, the actor could not be more in love.

“She’s 10 months old and she’s about to walk,” the actor, 32, told PEOPLE at the City Year Spring Break event in Los Angeles on Saturday. “I’m getting the cameras and everything ready. She’s just happy and joyful. She’s just like her mom. I’m so lucky.”

Baldoni and his wife, Emily, who married in 2013, welcomed their daughter in June 2015.

Justin Baldoni with Maiya Grace Baldoni
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With the little one growing up fast, Baldoni is making sure to cherish every little moment.

“You know what she started doing?” the actor asked. “I picked up a teddy bear for the first time and she grabbed it and held it. She had the biggest smile on her face. Now, every time we give her a teddy bear, it just makes her happy. So, she’s in her teddy phase now which is super cute.”

He adds, “She love looking up and standing up now on her own. It’s like my heart is existing outside of my body at all given times.”

With Maiya close by, Baldoni was also thrilled to discuss the importance of education in a child’s life. In celebration of City Year, an organization that helps students stay in school, the actor says education is absolutely vital.

“Education, I think, is the key to the world’s solutions,” he said. “We live in a pretty sick world right now. There’s a lot of ills inflicting the planet. I think the core resolution for all of them stem from education. If every child were able to be educated, we would grow up in a place where there wouldn’t be problems, whether it’s religious persecution, racial, or war. Everything stems from a lack of education.”

— Christina Dugan

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Lars Kariniemi on

cute couple! I’m jealous

Anonymous on

Everything in his life is on display so the world can see how great he is though. From the proposal to the cherishing private moments. Yes, you’re awesome, you do great things, best husband and dad.

Vz on

He sounds sophisticated and well educated. Kudos to him!

Robin on

I like his ideas on education. More people should be more like him when it comes to education.

West on

That is the sweetest thing to say .✨

YL on

He is right on educations part, yes education is important for everyone.