Accreditation + Recognition


Many Stepping Stone Schools have earned accreditations from state and national organizations with requirements exceeding Texas’ Licensing Standards.

These accreditation systems establish professional standards for early childhood education programs, helping families identify the highest-quality programs for their children.

Stepping Stone School - NAC Accredited

National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for Early Care and Education Programs
Stepping Stone School at Crestview, at Northcross, at Pflugerville & at Lakeline

NAC Accreditation, under the umbrella of the Association for Early Learning Leaders, recognizes program professionalism and quality, while respecting program autonomy and uniqueness. NAC Accreditation involves a three-step process of self-study, validation and commission review.

Texas School Ready!  Stepping Stone School at University

The Texas School Ready! project, developed by the Children’s Learning Institute, acknowledges preschool programs that raise school readiness through research-based curriculum, technology-driven child-progress monitoring, facilitated teacher professional development, ongoing teacher mentoring, and participation in the Texas School Readiness Certification System.


  • Central Texas parents have voted Stepping Stone School the best in childcare for 17 years in Austin Family magazine’s Readers’ Poll.
  • Named Best of the Brazos Valley by families in College Station in 2014 and 2015!
  • Parents at Nickelodeon ParentsConnect have named us Austin’s Best Preschool.

Stepping Stone School VerifiED™ Quality Logo

Quality Assurance

Stepping Stone School parents can be confident in the quality of the educational experience their child receives, thanks to our exclusive and rigorous VerifiED™ Quality Assurance Program. This exclusive program ensures that we are providing the very best in curriculum, health and safety, leadership and training, and environment.

It’s this sort of thoughtful validation – from family leaders and leaders in the field alike – that keeps us aiming higher and helps make Stepping Stone School the best