Stepping Stone School at Anderson Mill / Westwood
- 9914 Woodland Village
- Austin, Texas 78750
- (512) 258-4800
- Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
- 6 weeks through 5 years
- Infant - Early Childhood Developmental Nurturance Program (6 weeks – 18 months)
- Toddler - Developmental Preschool Program (18 – 24 months)
- Preschool - Developmental Preschool Program (2 to 3 years)
- Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten Readiness Academy (3 – 4 years)
- Advanced Pre-Kindergarten - Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Academy (4 – 5 years)
Welcome to the Stepping Stone School located at 9914 Woodland Village in Northwest Austin conveniently located off the southbound frontage road of 183 and close to the Lakeline Mall and Anderson Mill Road. Many major employers such as Charles Schwabb, Seton Hospital Northwest, Apple Computer, Flextronics, Texas Association of School Boards and Lakeline Mall are located in the area. Our school has an in-ground swimming pool for swimming lessons during those hot summer days and is surrounded by large Heritage oak trees which shield the pool and playgrounds from the sun. The three spacious playgrounds are filled with age-appropriate outdoor activities.
A classroom dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum and activities is available for children three to five years old. The large atrium provides a place for family gatherings or for our enrichment programs which include Dance Discovery, Opus One Music, Flippers Gymnastics and Sports Adventure. The campus is small and intimate and the parents who choose this school love getting to know the other families with children enrolled. It is a close-knit community who warmly welcome new families and children.
We educate and care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
We proudly serve families in the following and many other communities:
Adirondack, Angus Trail, Angus Valley, Arrowwood, Austin Hills, Balcones Oaks, Balcones Village, Balcones West, Balcones Woods, Barrington Oaks, Bend at the Villages of Spicewood, Bull Creek Ranch, Canyon Creek, Canyon Creek West, Canyon Ridge, Canyon Rim, Cat Mountain, Champion City Park, Champions Forest, Cherry Hill Park, Chimney Corners, Clayton's Crossing, Dorsett Oaks, Duval Springs, Enclave at the Villages of Spicewood, Forest Ridge, Four Points Centre, Gateway, Grandview Hills, High Vista, Highland Hills, Highland Oaks, Jester Point, Lakewood Park, Mesa Forest, Mesa Oaks, Mesa Park, Milwood, Mountain Ridge, North Crossing, Northview Hills, Northwest Balcones, Northwest Hills, Northwest Hills Ranch, Northwest Oaks, Oak Forest,, Oaks of Jollyville, Painted Bunting, Palladio Point, Park at Duval, Point West of Westover Hills, Prominent Point, Quarry, Riata Crossing, Ribelin Ranch, Sette Tierra, Shadow Oaks, Sierra Oaks, Sonesta West, Spicewood Summit, Stillhouse Springs, Summit Oaks, The Arbor at Great Hills, The Bluffs of Great Hills, The Fairway at Great Hills, The Highlands at Oak Forest, The Meadows of Great Hills, The Parke, The Pavillion, Treetops, Twin Mesa, Valle Escondido, Valley Oaks, Vista North, Vista West, Westover Hills, Windridge, Yucca Mountain
If your baby/toddler/young kid has to spend most weekdays in the care of someone else, this is a great option. My 2 year old daughter has been going to Stepping Stone for almost a year and loves it. The teachers are very patient and caring, plus they have age appropriate curriculum and my daughter has learned so much! Her teacher, Ms. Danesia, is incredible. My daughter talks about her all the time and loves her so much. She has really helped the kids learn to share and show empathy, which is super important at that age. She is kind and always keeps me informed. I trust her emphatically. I don't know what we would do without teachers like her.
- Jessica M.
August 12th, 2019
This is a good and small school. Almost every teacher here knows every kid, and willing to help even the kid is not in her class. Ms. Corrine, Ms. Madalyn, Ms. Megan and many teachers in other class are all great! My kids are happy here.
- Yong Z.
September 26th, 2019
My son has attended the Stepping Stone School since he was 12-month old. My Husband and I toured a few other schools in the area, but when we met Ms. Corrine and Ms. Eileen we knew we had found the right school! We've never had an issue with any of our son's teachers (they are all very qualified and have extensive experience with young children) and feel the children receive exemplary care and guidance during their time at Stepping Stones. The teachers, along with Ms. Corrine and Ms. Eileen are always available to talk about anything, they really get to know all of the children very well as well as the parents. Everybody here is so awesome and kind! We are now putting my son in the Toddlers room. They keep it very clean (everything is washed daily and foot covers are required for anyone entering the room). The school menu is fresh, delicious and varied including organic milk and vegetarian options. In my opinion you won't find a better place in Austin.
- Tong L.
September 26th, 2019
Wonderful School & Our Daughter Loves Attending Everyday! The Staff Are So Welcoming & Miss Corrine + Miss Megan Are Such Awesome Teachers, They Are Outstanding With The Attention They Give & Keeping Up With Learning Activities . Keep Up The Good Work! & Thank You For Making Us Feel Welcomed!
- Alexis B.
September 26th, 2019
I can not emphasize how great this school is. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The principal Ms.Sara is great. She recently started and in the short period she's been here, she completely turned around the school and really made it feel like a second home! There are weekly family activities provided in the front entrance, Ms.Corrine always offer me food on my way out the door and is always up for a chat about how my daughter is doing(she is so amazing and involved and she's not even a teacher!), my child is EXCITED to go to her teacher Ms.Alisa when at our previous school, she had separation anxiety. I recommend this school to everyone I meet, and wouldn't put my daughter anywhere else.
- Carrie J.
September 27th, 2019
We put our daughter in Stepping Stone at Anderson Mill when she was 6 weeks old. It's so nerve wracking as a parent to leave your child anywhere but Stepping Stone has been such an amazing school. Ms. Sara, the principal is AMAZING!! She has made our transition so easy! We love the staff, they not only are great with our daughter but they are so helpful to us as parents. We love the security of the school and more importantly the communication. Every time I call the school Ms. Sara is happy to answer our questions and give us updates on our little one. Great school and amazing staff!!
- Parker L.
September 27th, 2019
I toured this school today and immediately felt like I belonged with how welcoming the principal was! She got down on my daughters level and interacted with her where other schools I've toured they would ignore her and pay attention to me. She obviously cares about the children more than anything else. The classrooms were very clean and organized and everyone was happily learning and engaged with their teachers. It was such a small, loving school. I cannot wait to start my daughter there!
- Sally M.
September 27th, 2019
Everything about this branch and program is top notch. All the teachers and staff are wonderful. I would highly recommend this school!!
- Trevor M.
June 13th, 2018
Our kids had a nanny for the first four years of their life and making the transition to a school setting was a little scary for our family. We were lucky enough to find Stepping Stone School at Anderson Mill. The teachers and principal there are top-notch and do a wonderful job. Our youngest child occasionally cries when it's time to go. My wife and I love the daily updates and pictures that they send to us. Moving our kiddos to Stepping Stone School at Anderson Mill was an excellent decision, thanks again for taking such great care of our kids.
- Frank C.
July 20th, 2018
My daughter has been at Stepping Stone Anderson Mill since she was 10m old (she is currently 19m). My favorite things about the school, in no particular order: my kid is excited to go to school and talks about her friends at home, they are a local organization, they have a location in my neighborhood (and many locations throughout town!), their tuition is affordable as far as day care goes, they provide food for the kids but will work with you on dietary restrictions, they accept cloth diapers, they have an actual curriculum for all ages (even babies!) which include STEAM principles, they have a woman come in weekly to sing with her guitar, they offer Splash Days in the summer months, they take the kids outside most days but are cognizant of weather (heat) concerns, their teachers have to go through continuous training, they work with you on potty training, they send daily reports (food, activities, diaper changes) that often include pictures, and they know your name and get to know you!
The downsides are pretty typical of all day care centers, but I will address those as well. Some of the teachers seem burnt out - I don't know if it's personal issues or if it's a misfit between them and the school. There is also a high-turnover rate of teachers, with a few long-term exceptions. It's a demanding job I would never succeed in, so I trust the principal to address those issues. We use cloth diapers and each new teacher has needed to be shown how to use them (with days of leaks and hiccups until they get the hang of it). To be fair, there are many cloth diaper brands/varieties and most people are so familiar with disposable diapers that cloth feels daunting, and I am grateful they have all worked with me so I can keep using them. The food offered is required to follow FDA guidelines so it's heavy in grains and dairy, which I am not comfortable with. I request alternative lunches some days (which they provide) and send snacks from home (which they accept) as a workaround. That's all I have for negative, and it's pretty nit-picky - I have heard much worse complaints from most other moms I know, so I consider myself lucky.
The bottom line for me is when I do have concerns, I have always felt like I could talk to the teachers directly or to the principal about them. I have always felt heard when I voice concern and I am usually included in the discussion about changes needed, instead of being shut out and told they'll handle it. Generally any issue is resolved with respect and grace - we are all human and there is a lot of trial and error when you're working with many different personalities, especially child personalities!
- Kelli S.
August 27th, 2018