Stepping Stone School at McNeil / Jollyville
Established
1986

  • 6616 McNeil Drive
  • Austin, TX 78729
  • (512) 258-9141
  • Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • 6 weeks through 13 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)
  • School-Age - Future Leaders and Innovators School-Age Program

Transportation

  • Before School: Jollyville and Pond Springs Elementary Schools
  • After School: Jollyville, Live Oak and Pond Springs, Caraway, and Laurel Mountain Elementary Schools

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Welcome to the Stepping Stone School located at 6616 McNeil Drive in North Austin conveniently situated between 183 and Parmer Lane at the heart of Austin’s High-Tech sector. The property which was once a ranch is populated with multiple Heritage Oak trees which wrap their limbs around the school and nicely shade the large fun-filled playgrounds. The campus consists of a main building where children from the age of 6 weeks to 5 years old are cared for. A separate building on the west side of the property provides two large classrooms and private restrooms for school age children.

This is the first campus designed and built from the ground up by the Paver family. The design ensures the security and safety of the children at all levels. A large indoor gathering space or atrium is flanked by wings of classrooms. In the atrium we host holiday parties for our families and provide our enrichment programs which include Dance Discovery, Kung Fu Kids, Opus One Music, Flippers Gymnastics, Soccer Shots, and Sports Adventures. On the days it is either too wet, hot or cold to go outside the atrium serves as a dynamic indoor play space.

We educate and care for children from 6 weeks to 13 years old. We provide transportation for the following elementary schools: Jollyville, Live Oak, Pond Springs, Caraway and Laurel Mountain.

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, Leffler Commercial, 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

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Reviews

Our daughter has been at Stepping Stone School on McNeil for almost a year and we absolutely love it. Everyday when we drop her off she is excited and ready to start her day. She started in the infant room with Ms. Francis and Ms. Adrienne and they were fantastic! She is now in the toddler room and seems to really be excelling. The school is great at communicating with us through tadpoles and if there is ever anything specific going on they let us know immediately. We look forward to watching her grow and learn there in the years to come.

- Kelly S.

June 16th, 2020

My son has been going to this school for the last 3 years, and it's been nothing short of amazing! Miss Cami (the principal) has been fantastic. She always addresses our questions promptly and professionally, while also being connected and involved in an empathetic way.
Miss Melissa is our all time favorite teacher. She handles the pre-k class like a pro, and my son absolutely adores her! He has learned so much, and always talks about how much fun he has in her class.

Cannot give this enough stars! If you're looking for child care that's friendly, fun, and education based... this is the one for you!

- Alexis C.

June 16th, 2020

Stepping Stone has the experienced child care professionals that every parent seeks. This long standing organization has excellent training which results in staff that is rarely rattled by anything. They have been a steady hand with the Covid-19 concerns. They have thorough front door policies that keep distance, take temperatures and disinfect hands and shoes upon entry. Our 2-year old has been fine and I have been able to continue working as an essential government facility employee. Thank you Stepping Stone!

- Joy S.

June 16th, 2020

We've been sending our daughter to Stepping Stones School - McNeil for almost a year and have been thrilled with the experience! When we drop her off in the morning she runs up to the door of the school out of excitement! The teachers and staff are all sweet and it seems like every day our daughter comes home having learned something new. I'd recommend Stepping Stones - McNeil to anyone looking for an early education school for their children.

- Jerad S.

June 16th, 2020

Stepping Stone McNeil has been a godsend for our family. The location and hours were our primary reasons for selecting the school initially, but we have been very happy with the teachers, the communication via the Tadpoles app, and the front office staff. One of my children has multiple food and environmental allergies and the school has been very conscientious about keeping him safe and keeping us informed about any concerns they have about him. During COVID, the school has remained open with many precautions taken, which was critical to my husband and I being able to continue working as essential workers. We are so grateful for Stepping Stone.

- Kate S.

June 16th, 2020

We have had a total of 4 kids at Stepping Stone from infant stage to Kindergarten since 2013. We've stayed at this location because of the great staff and learning programs that gave our kids a leg up when they started Kindergarten. When COVID-19 hit, Stepping Stone kept their doors open for us as both my wife and I were considered essential employees who required child care. Stepping Stone also implemented additional safety and sanitation measures for the kids . We couldn't be more happy with our choice in child care and will be happy customers of the McNeil location until our last kiddo starts kindergarten.

- Brian L.

June 19th, 2020

We Absolutely LOVE Stepping Stone School McNeil. We toured a couple of different daycares before we toured McNeil, and one thing that stood out to us was A. How Clean the entire center is B. How updated the center is, they have done an amazing job remodeling and keeping the area current. and C. how HAPPY each and every child is. We had gotten off vibes from every other daycare center we went to and when we walked through the doors we just felt at peace and knew this was our child's daycare. Our baby has been in their care since November and is absolutely thriving. For working parents, the daily report that is so very thorough is a lifesaver. The pictures they send throughout the day are a lifesaver as well. I'll be having a rough workday and all of a sudden DING I get to see what they are learning and my baby's smiling face. All the ladies in the Infant room are AMAZING. We are so thankful every day for Stepping Stone and the amazing things they do for our child!

- Rachael W.

January 24th, 2020

In January of last year, we had no other choice but to look for a different school for our 10 month old and 2 year old. They had been going to a different Stepping Stone location since they were newborns, so we knew that we really loved the Stepping Stone culture and wanted to stay with them. I called Stepping Stone on McNeil and spoke with the principal, Tanna, and she let me know that they had openings for them in two weeks. We put our notice in at the other location, and the kids started going to the new location at the beginning of February. I knew that first day was going to be rocky. Especially with my son (who can be a bit of a handful)....but to this day I never will know if it was. They were so positive, they emphasized the "good choices" my son had made that day, and I don't remember the mention of any negative occurrences that I had gotten so used to hearing about. I remember cringing as I peered into the infant room. My usually shy, stranger danger baby girl would surely lose it as soon as she saw me. There she was, pulling herself up on the leg of the teacher with a huge smile on her face. She didn't cry at all when she saw me. I was in shock! That first day was amazing, and I instantly felt a sense of relief.

It has been almost a year and JaNae, the teacher that my baby girl was pulling herself up on in is still there. Every time I see her, she has a huge smile on her face and she is either in a room full of happy babies, or eagerly helping out somewhere else in the school. Like most of the teachers at this location, you can tell how much she truly loves the kids. Ileene, Francis and Theresa are all amazing with both of my children. Tanna is awesome! She runs a tight ship, and it is so obvious how much she loves her staff and the kids.

The staff at this school is top notch, but there is definitely a stand out in my opinion. Mychaela is my sons teacher and words cannot describe how incredible we think she is. She takes the time to understand each and every child. Even when her kids are "playing", they always seem to be learning. The kids adore her but more than anything, they respect her. I honestly wish I would have sent them both to this location from the get go and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to take their children!

- Carrie P.

January 11th, 2017

Our infant son spends his days at the Stepping Stone location on McNeil. I cannot say enough about how loving and professional the staff is there. My husband and I are amazed and so pleased with our decision. Their insight into caring for babies is amazing. I learn from them each week! They are experts for sure. My son is happy, clean, naps well, eats great and is smiling all the time. There is nothing they will not do for him. The baby "snugglers" as I call them are wonderful and committed. Some career staff have been there for decades. This says it all.

Childcare is one of the most important decisions a parent makes in those early years. We know we got it right with Stepping Stone. Our daughter spent five years at the Stepping Stone on O'Connor. We loved it and that staff. This McNeil team will help raise our son. We know they are an extension of our family and he will be there for years to come.

This facility is spotless! So clean and fresh. My son is not sick and is super happy. We highly recommend this team and location.

- Joy S.

June 8th, 2018

I absolutely love this place! I have all 3 of my children currently attending this school. My 2 year old is in Ms. Lexi's class and loves going to school which helps me feel so much better through out the day. He has been able to get potty-trained, learn his colors, numbers, and sign language! He shows me more and more what he learns everyday. My other 2 children are in their after school program with Ms Alyssia. They prepare and create activities everyday, help with their homework, and even do a cooking project. I have been blown away with the constant communication from the teachers. I truly feel like my kids are safe and happy there. I highly recommend this place for families that want more than just baby sitters.

- Paul L.

September 27th, 2019