Stepping Stone School at Hyde Park

  • 1007 E. 40th St.
  • Austin, Texas 78751
  • (512) 474-1919
  • Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • 6 weeks through 5 years

Programs Offered

  • 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)

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Welcome to Stepping Stone School in Hyde Park located at 1007 East 40th Street with easy access off of Red River, I-35, Guadalupe, North Lamar, Airport Blvd and across I-35 (on the west side) from the Mueller Redevelopment district in northeast Austin. Major employers such as Dell Children’s Medical Center,the UT Health Research Campus, the Dell Seton Medical Center, the University of Texas, Texas Mutual Insurance and St. David’s Medical Center along with all those who live and work in the Mueller redevelopment district have easy access to this prime Austin campus. Enrichment activities offered at this school are Opus One Music, Flippers Gymnastics and Sports Adventures.

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. Large oak trees shade the two age appropriate playgrounds covered with artificial turf and filled with engaging play activities for the 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:

Arts District, Blackland, Belmont, Bluffington, Bouldin, Brentwood, Central East Austin, Cherrywood, Chestnut, Clarksville, Cliff Over Lake Austin, Colorado Crossing, Deep Eddy Heights, Downtown Austin, East Cesar Chavez, Hancock, Heritage, Highland Park West, Hyde Park, Island at Mt. Bonnell Shores, Market District, Mt. Bonnell Terrace, North Loop, North University, Old Enfield, Old West Austin, Pemberton Heights, Red River, Ridgetop, Rosedale, Shoal Creek, Shoal Crest, Stoneledge, Tarrytown, The Drag, The Triangle, The University of Texas at Austin, Warehouse District, Waterford Place, Watersedge, West End, West University, Zilker

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We had an outstanding experience with Erica & her staff here! We had to transfer to another Stepping Stone because we moved further out, but our daughter had a great time here! She looked forward to going to school every day with all of the various learning activities & playtime. She loved her teachers, and made great strides in her development thanks to the care they provided her. Miss Diane & Miss Alicia are the best!!

We have been sending our son here since we moved to Austin 2 years ago. He's now 2.5 yrs old. It has been an amazing experience all around. Specifically, I enjoy all of the programs they have available for the kiddos even from a young age- the art projects with footprints for the infants are still on my fridge, the singing with musicians that come in every few days is a huge hit with my son, and the gymnastics classes definitely helped him with coordination and following instructions. The teachers and administrators are SUPER sweet and knowledgeable. This is my first kid so nothing feels normal and they have helped me through so much- blowouts, getting consistent naptimes, the dreaded biting stage and so much more. We have brought him back after some time at home for Covid, and I am so grateful for everyone that works at Hyde Park Stepping Stone. My son has been thrilled to return and see all of his friends and teachers. There are lots of cleaning procedures in place, and practices to rotate the kids around the play spaces so the minimum contact happens.

We could not be happier with our son attending Stepping Stone at Hyde Park. As a first time Mom, SSHP staff were helpful in putting my mind at ease by truly giving my infant son great care. Erica has done a great job with enrollment process, parent follow up and day to day operations at the school. She surrounds herself and the school with a great team! The caring nature of his teachers (Miss Amanda and Miss Taye), the educational lessons and playful activities make for a great learning environment! I can't recommend this school enough!

Our son has attended Stepping Stones at Hyde Park for just over a year. We started at one of the other Stepping Stones locations while we were on the waiting list for this one. I recommend getting on the waiting list as early as possible because it can take up to a year. But it's worth it! We have liked the teachers at all the locations we've been at, but this one is exceptionally good. Principal (Miss Erica) and her teachers really care about the well being of the kids. We love so many of the teachers (Miss Brianna, Miss Amanda, etc). Its evident by the way my son runs to hug them when we arrive. It is a fairly small indoor location which means they are all close and the teachers know all the kids. The backyard area is split in two, to keep the younger amd older kids segregated. It's also turf, which I especially like because he doesnt come home muddy, and I dont have to worry about the incessant Texas fire ant problem in the summer months. One of the best features is that they belong to Tadpoles, which is a computer system that sends you photos and videos of your child throughout the day. You also get an email with your child's feeding/sleeping/diaper/activities for the day. Also they dont close for random holidays and 'teacher' days like other daycares in town. For example, my brothers day care is closed on Colmbus day, so he has to take off work for it each year.

Normally I would rate my experience as a four, but in light of how great the teachers here have been-These ladies deserve five stars all the way!!!!!!! The ONLY reason I would give four stars is because of some initial issues in communication when we were enrolling our daughter. I found out three business days before returning to work after maternity leave that there was no spot available for my daughter. As a result, she was passed off to another Stepping Stone campus starting off for a few months until a spot opened up at Hyde Park. With such little notice, we had no other options for childcare and had to drive her 30-45 min across town and away from our jobs for daycare, then we had to come back for our jobs (and back to daycare, then back home.) We were commuting 1.5 hours a day for daycare, which was tough for us as first time parents. However, we were transitioned to Hyde Park when a spot opened up. Since being here at Hyde Park, I cannot speak highly enough about how wonderful the sweet staff is! My daughter is 9 months old and is in the "poets" classroom. I sometimes come up on my lunch break to feed/play with her since this location is close to work, and I have gotten the privilege to know the sweet ladies who care for "Poets" classroom. I absolutely know we are in the right place and there is no greater comfort than knowing that when I leave, my daughter is surrounded by people that genuinely love her and foster her development. They send us pictures regularly and even sent a video when she began to crawl! They do regular footprint art and it's been fun watching her feet grow with every cute little picture :) There are weekly themes (I believe the themes are related to the STEAM program) and they share the lesson plans in the tadpoles app. It's pretty adorable. I thought it was cool that in the month of August the newsletter said the children would focus on learning "about the character trait of fairness; the impartial and just treatment of others without favoritism or discrimination" by having a discussion about Rosa Parks. Love that kind of lesson plan and focus. I also love that they do structured reading times, singing, and art with the infants. She has so much fun at school and I am so happy to see her make friends-which has made adjusting back to full-time work much easier for our family. Whether we are leaving her to play with Miss Yoshi in the mornings, seeing a picture of her reading with Miss Rana in group time, or picking her up while cuddling with Miss Margo in the late afternoon, she is all smiles! Overall, we are so pleased with this daycare. While our introduction was a little rocky, they more than made up for it with the love they give to our daughter every day. We have been overwhelmed by the warmness and kindness of the staff (and Darcy!) once we got onboard at Hyde Park. So grateful for these ladies!

Like any first time mom, I was super picky when it came to choosing a daycare for my son. We toured the Capitol Campus and I really got a good feeling/energy from the principal, Erica. That location ended up closing but we decided to follow Erica and her staff to the Hyde Park location. On the first day of school, his teacher was so sweet and helped me to feel comfortable leaving him there. My son is now 18 months old and he is such a happy boy. Stepping Stone has taught him a lot already and he has loved all of his teachers. I am so happy we chose Stepping Stone Hyde Park. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!

We chose to enroll our 6 month old at Stepping Stone Hyde Park more than 5 years ago, and this week we said a tearful goodbye to the AMAZING staff because my baby is now starting Kindergarten. When Erica, the SSHD principal, transferred to this location in 2017 there was a literal overnight change for the better and the quality of care there has remained stellar. I attribute that to her strong leadership and positivity. The staff, like Jasmine and Raevn, are loving, attentive, and patient. They are great teachers, too! My eldest child is absolutely Kindergarten-ready thanks to their diligence, and my 2.5-year-old also loves to learn. We really came to think of SSHD as a second home. It is difficult to hand over care of your children in order to work a full-time job, but the staff at Stepping Stone Hyde Park brought me peace of mind each and every day. I HIGHLY recommend Stepping Stone Hyde Park to any family seeking daycare and Pre-K for their children.

We've been a Stepping Stone family since our oldest son was 2. It breaks our hearts that he's headed to Kindergarten because we and he has formed such a strong bond with the teachers/staff at Stepping Stone Hyde Park. Under varying circumstances, we've had to search for childcare providers for our family. The easiest decision was when we had the opportunity to place our children at Stepping Stone. The Principal, Erica, and staff are AMAZING! They treat each child and each family with respect and enormous care. They are courteous, professional, but most of all, they have the biggest hearts. As parents, we like to think we are on top of things developmentally(emotionally and intellectually) with our boys, but they seem to surprise us with things we've not even begun to explore. Stepping Stone is not a place for you if all you want is for your child to be looked after while you're away. Stepping Stone is for the family who encourages and expects for their child to flourish in every way possible. They've got a wonderful curriculum, a clean and well-kept facility, fun and exciting developmental toys/materials, nutritious meals/snacks, amazing hours of operation, convenient/accessible location, and, the most important thing, our children love it! If you are stressing about who to entrust with your child's care. Stop stressing and join the Stepping Stone family!