Most of our schools are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Our Richcreek and Bowling Green campuses are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Of course, a teacher will always stay until the last child is picked up, but late fees apply for late pickups.
Our Employer ID Number (sometimes called a tax ID number) is 74-2731457.
No. You’re always welcome to come by any of our schools – with or without your child – during our hours of operation for a visit. But we recommend calling ahead to schedule a tour, so the campus principal can give you her undivided attention and take time to answer all of your questions.
No. The Justin Lane location is our administrative office, but we do have three schools within the same 78757 ZIP code.
Yes. For children 18 months and up, we do take drop-ins based on availability. Please ask the campus principal.
Yes. For children 18 months and up, we typically offer part-time care either M/W/F or T/Th, dependent upon availability. Please ask the campus principal.
Stepping Stone School is committed to the convenience of our families. We close only for the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Fourth of July
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day (typically, we close only for the afternoon, but will be closed all day Dec. 24, 2012)
Yes. All of our childcare, from the age of 6 weeks to 11 years, is designed to help our students learn and grow cognitively, linguistically, physically and socially/emotionally. For more information about our trademarked curriculum and how it’s applied to each age group, click here.
The Early Achievers Program™ is Stepping Stone School’s unique curriculum, based on seven key learning areas and tailored according to age group, as well as to each individual child. With a strong concentration on writing, literacy, reading and language development, our Early Achievers Program™ also covers math concepts, science, technology, foreign cultures, physical, social/emotional and character development, and creative expression. Click here for more information.
Many of our campuses hold some official accreditation, and all locations follow the same high standards required by accrediting entities. To see accreditation by campus, click here.
Our ratios always comply with Texas State Minimum Standards and are typically lower, but vary by campus and age. For a specific school’s ratio, please ask the campus principal.
Providing a learning environment that promotes a sense of cleanliness, wellness and security is our number-one priority. We employ dozens of hygienic practices and safety measures, including 24-hour video surveillance, employee background and criminal-history checks, and stringent name-to-face transition procedures. Click here for more information about our health and safety protocol.
Of course! We always welcome visits from moms and dads, and encourage your participation in their day whenever possible.
Yes. We require our team members to renew their CPR and first-aid training every two years.
Yes. We serve a nutritious hot lunch and three daily snacks for all students who can eat table food. Lunch is served family-style to help children learn good table manners, healthy eating habits and how to serve themselves.
No. Unfortunately, limited kitchen space and staffing prevent us from providing multiple meal options. You’re always welcome to bring your child’s lunch from home, and we’ll happily accommodate this however necessary.
All Stepping Stone School locations are peanut-free campuses, since this is such a common allergy among children today. You’re always welcome to bring dairy substitutes or other special food items for your child, and we’ll happily accommodate them however necessary.
No. Due to the wide variety of individual infant requirements and potential for early food-allergy development, we require you to bring your baby’s formula or food from home.
Of course! We fully support breastfeeding, and equip our infant rooms with refrigerators for you to store your baby’s labeled bottles.
No. We require you to bring your child’s diapers from home, but we do supply baby wipes.
Yes. Just bring them from home.
Stepping Stone School founder, owner and executive director Rhonda Paver, while earning her Master’s degree in child development, did her research and thesis on transitions. So with her academic expertise and 30+ years of practical experience, we tend to be ultra-sensitive in easing change for children.
All Stepping Stone School team members undergo extensive training on the best ways to help students cope with transition and separation anxiety. And the Watch Me Grow video monitoring system we have at eight of our campuses is extremely helpful for parents concerned when their children begin at Stepping Stone School, or when they move to a new classroom. Parents can watch their children via real-time video feed on monitors in the welcome area or principal’s office, without the children seeing them and it fueling further anxiety.
Yes. Weather permitting, all students get outside playtime on our age-appropriate playgrounds. When temperatures are above 95° or below 45° (including heat index or wind chill), the children enjoy other physical activity and play inside.
We believe in positive discipline such as redirection and one-on-one problem-solving to develop your child’s ability to self-regulate. Our teachers never berate, embarrass, punish, or withhold food or activities in order to discipline children.
It varies by campus. Click here for lists of elementary-school pickups by Stepping Stone School campus.
Corporate partner benefits vary depending upon the agreement we have with your employer. You can check your company’s intranet website for employee benefits, or you can ask your company’s benefits coordinator or the campus principal for details about your benefits eligibility.
Stepping Stone School owner and executive director Rhonda Paver is devoted to keeping high-quality early education and childcare affordable – after all, it was her search for affordable, high-quality care and schooling for her own young children that led to her founding Stepping Stone School!
Tuition at Stepping Stone School varies by age and campus, but rest assured, our pricing is extremely competitive. Please ask the campus principal or contact us for specific rates.
Yes. We offer a family appreciation discount of 5% off total tuition for families with two or more children enrolled at the same time with at least one child enrolled full-time. Only one discount of any type may apply and be used per family at any time.
We offer you the flexibility of paying your tuition either monthly or bimonthly, whichever you prefer. We currently accept payment by check, money order or Tuition Express [ACH] only.
No. We do not currently have any CCMS openings available.
The length of our wait list varies by campus and age; please ask the campus principal. Our wait-list policy is fundamentally first-come, first-served.
A. Yes. We require a non-refundable enrollment fee of $100 per family to process your enrollment application or put you on a waiting list.
You can pick up an application at any Stepping Stone School or click here to enroll today. Simply complete the application and submit it to us with your non-refundable enrollment fee.