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2018 Stepping Stone School Turkey Call

Stepping Stone School is proud to continue its long term sponsorship of the Kid’s K at the annual Turkey Trot supporting Caritas and we thoroughly enjoy our visit from a turkey and the contest to see who can get the turkey to gobble. Watch it now on FOX 7 Austin ...

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Teaching Children to be Caring

Ruth had just woken up from her nap and was sitting alone near her mat with her head lowered, arms crossed, and a sad expression on her face.  Three-year-old Lizzie walked over after noticing her friend was not moving to participate in the classroom activities.  Squatting down and looking closely at Ruth’s face, Lizzie gently patted Ruth on the back and gave her a soft toy. Lizzie’s acknowledgment of Ruth’s feelings caused other members of the class to ask Lizzie what was wrong with Ruth.  Following Lizzie’s lead, other children brought toys over to try to cheer Ruth up. ...

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Healthy Habits for Happy Teeth!

Even if your child is only an infant or toddler, you can start now to help your child develop strong, healthy teeth and build habits that last a lifetime. Begin cleaning your infant’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Use a damp cloth to swab clean. When more teeth emerge, use a small, soft-bristled brush and water only. Around age 2 or 3 add a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush. As your child gains hand and finger control, encourage him to brush his own teeth. Supervise until around the age of 7 or 8. Encourage your child to spit out the toothpas...

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Developing Trust

Developmental psychologist Erik Erikson was best known for his theory of psychosocial development.  He identified the first stage in this model astrust vs. mistrust beginning in infancy until approximately 18 months.  During this time in a child’s life, he will learn he can trust those caring for him based on their consistent care meeting his needs and responding to his cries.  According to Erikson, success in this stage leads to the virtue of hope – when the same child encounters uncertainty in the future, he has hope that he will be successful because he knows those who care fo...

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Monday, Dec. 4th–9:00 a.m. Cat Hollow (hosts) visiting: 10:00 a.m. Pflugerville / 11:00 a.m. Parmer Tuesday, Dec. 5th–9:00 a.m. Crestview (hosts) visiting: 10:00 a.m. Hyde Park 10:45 a.m. Northcross / 11:15 a.m. Shoal Creek Wednesday, Dec. 6th—9:00 a.m. McNeil (hosts) visiting: 10:30 a.m. Anderson Mill 11:00 a.m. Lakeline Thursday, Dec. 7th—9:00 a.m. Teravista (hosts) visiting: 10:00 a.m. Leander / 11:00 a.m. Round Rock Friday, Dec. 8th—9:00 a.m. Brodie (hosts) visiting: 10:00 a.m. Kyle / 10:45 a.m. Plum Creek 11:15 a.m. Southpark Meadow...

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The Benefit of After School Programs

Parents often enroll their child in Early Childcare at Stepping Stone School because they recognize the benefits of preparing him or her for Kindergarten through hands-on learning and academic preparation. But, what happens when that same child goes on to elementary school? Do the benefits of outside programs cease? After school care is as important as early childcare to continue to build and support a child’s development. Research and study spanning over ten years by a team of specialists from the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) confirm that “children and youth who participate ...

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Now Enrolling for Fall

Get an early start on your fall planning! Stepping Stone School is now enrolling all ages for fall (6 weeks-11 years). Be sure to ask about our proven Kindergarten Readiness Academy and our After-School Enrichment Program! Please contact or visit a school near you for more information....

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What I Learned at Stepping Stone School

It seems that many of our most important life lessons are learned during our early formative years. As adults, we take for granted these instrumental lessons picked up while painting and playing in our earliest classroom settings. Excerpt from “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum “These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Wa...

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ChildCare Exchange Magazine Cover Story feature in Jan-Feb 2017 Issue

Rhonda Paver intended to work as a teacher when she and her family moved to Austin, Texas, in 1979. Right off, she needed to find child care for her three children. Unsatisfied with the many large and small operations she looked into, Rhonda visited one final small house. The child care provider, looking exhausted, said she simply couldn’t go on in her business. Right then and there, drawing on her Alaskan family history of pioneering entrepreneurship, Rhonda decided she was going to build what she could not find. She and her family moved into that very building. The family lived on one s...

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October Character Development: Integrity

All the World's a Stage I sometimes feel as if life is a performance. I put on my makeup and dress according to the role I will play that day, exchange formal lines like “Good morning, how are you?” and move from scene to scene through the business of life. Though many only see the performance on the stage, my children are in a unique position to watch my life play out both as a member of the audience and a part of the backstage crew: they see it all. The thought is both terrifying and compelling: They are learning from me at every moment of every day – understudies, of sort, t...

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School Readiness

Will my child be on the same academic level as his classmates? Will he be able to make new friends? Will he know how to let his teacher know what he needs? Parents with perspective kindergarteners have many concerns as their child embarks on his first year of formal schooling. In the stress and rigor of modern education, parents often wonder if their child is prepared for kindergarten.   What determines School Readiness for an up and coming student? An earlier generation defined school readiness as whether or not a child is five years old. In recent years, however, stat...

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School to Home Connection Folders

Stepping Stone School is excited to announce a wonderful addition to our Platinum Learning for Life Curriculum™ for our Advanced Pre-Kindergarten classes: School to Home Connection Folders! The addition of these at-home learning and communication tools is supported by research which states, “Meaningful family engagement in children’s early learning supports school readiness and later academic success. Parental involvement is a critical element of high-quality early care and education” (Snow, 2012). School to Home Connection folders provide an educational link between learning whi...

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What is Resilience?

It can be seen in the significant moments in our lives: how we respond to our greatest challenges, our ability “to overcome the odds,” to learn a new skill, and to perform under pressure. Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. People who are resilient understand that one can learn more through challenging circumstances than sidestepping demanding situations. They retain an attitude which enables them to keep pressing forward through life’s obstacles. Resilient people recognize their own strengths and abilities. They demonstrate responsibility an...

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The Effective Use of Computers with Young Children

Stepping Stone School recently made a major investment in new computer hardware and learning software which has been installed in every three year old through school age classroom at each campus. The use of computers with young children has been intensely studied since the early 1980s. Research has taught us that technology can change the way children think, what they learn, and how they interact with their peers and adults. It can also be used to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. That is why Stepping Stone School has been a pioneer in the placement...

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Nine Things Parents of Successful Children Have in Common

"While there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychological research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success," states Rachel Gillett in her article from Independent, "Nine Things Parents of Successful Children Have in Common." According to a series of studies from psychologists at Duke University, UCLA, and other esteemed university research departments, these factors predict success: 1. They teach their children social skills. 2. They have high expectations. 3. The mothers work. 4. They have a higher socioeconomic status. 5. They've attained hig...

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$100 Summer Camp Referral Credit!

Summer is just around the corner, and Stepping Stone School’s Summer Camp is filling up fast! Stepping Stone School is extending a special offer of a $100 tuition credit for families who have a school age child currently enrolled in our school age summer camp for a minimum of 5 weeks, who refer another school age child not currently enrolled in our school age program and who enrolls in summer camp for a minimum of 5 weeks. As a bonus, the newly enrolled family will also get a $100 tuition credit. This offer is good through May 31, 2016 - for more information, please call (512) 459-0258 ...

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Stepping Stone School Named 25th Largest Childcare Organization in the Nation

In a recent national survey, Stepping Stone School was named 25th largest early care and education organization in the nation, based on size and capacity. This is a remarkable and impressive designation for a center that began in 1979 with 5 enrolled children!  Stepping Stone School has achieved national recognition for program quality and leads the region with accolades for curriculum, programming and community service. Rhonda Paver, M.A. Executive Director was quoted and noted as a partner with the Seton Health Network on behalf of child care services for the employees of the Seton sys...

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Sign up for Onsite Swimming Lessons

Eleven of our Austin-area schools will offer water safety and swim instruction to children this summer. Swimming lessons are a great way to beat the heat and learn how to swim or sharpen swimming techniques. Our swim instructors are certified lifeguards and have been through our extensive training program here at Stepping Stone School. Our instructors will teach the children basic swimming skills and other lessons to keep them safe around water. Lessons are available for a fee to children ages 3 and over and will be offered at: Crestview Northcross McNeil Anderson Mill Lakeline C...

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Using Work Strategies at Home

We may joke that working with our coworkers is like working with children. But did you know that you can apply some of the same strategies to get things done at work and at home? Foster teamwork – Let your children contribute ideas just as you encourage input at work meetings. Children tend to try harder to reach goals they’ve helped establish. Communicate to be heard and understood – Keep requests and instructions short and specific. Talking slowly, calmly and softly means others must listen closely to hear. And of course, what would communication be if we forgot to liste...

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Raising an Empathetic Child

When we empathize with children, they learn from us the following: Their feelings are valid Recognition and acceptance of emotions Ability to label feelings with appropriate words Knowledge that emotions can be expressed to others Self-awareness Self-control Understanding that feelings influence behavior Realization that relationships are based on mutual esteem and communication Dr. Becky Bailey writes in Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline, “I cannot stress enough the importance of empathy.  Empathy is not weak-kneed permissiveness, nor is it passive...

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Five Tips for Healthier Eating

Stepping Stone School is your partner in raising healthy, happy and confident children. To that end, we serve balanced and nutritional meals and snacks and offer the following suggestions for encouraging healthy eating in children. 1. Keep healthy food on hand. Keep snacks like fruits, veggies and low-fat cheese in a special place that children can access easily. It's OK to have an occasional treat, but if you buy smaller packages of "junk food," it's easier to keep these snacks to a minimum. 2. Acknowledge healthy choices. When your children choose healthy foods, praise the...

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Easing Separation Anxiety

At Stepping Stone School, our expert team of professionals recognize and are sensitive to the anxieties parents and children often feel when separating from one another. While separation anxiety is a natural experience for both children and parents, our expert teachers hold in high regard the critical role they play in guiding families through this difficult experience and providing peace of mind for both parent and child. Stepping Stone School’s Executive Director, Rhonda Paver, M.A., has devoted much of her career and graduate studies on this topic. As a mother of five, it was the s...

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Spring Break Camp

We're excited to announce Stepping Stone School’s “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” 2014 Spring Break Camp! Over the course of the spring and summer breaks, we will be investigating the S.T.E.A.M. domains of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We are kicking off this study during spring break with the subject of “Chemistry.” During this unit we will examine the building blocks of life and witness what happens when we mix certain chemicals together! Stepping Stone School offers a safe, fun place for children to learn and explore during their break from school. Each...

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Math for All Ages

Concrete experiences with math concepts and interactions with teachers have a direct impact on your children’s acquisition of mathematical skills.  When children manipulate materials in their classrooms and learning centers, they practice math skills. For example, in block centers, children explore the differences in sizes and shapes of blocks, count the blocks in a tower and experience cause and effect when the tower tumbles down. In the library center they find books that promote shape recognition and sequencing knowledge, and teachers may read stories that focus on problem sol...

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Encouraging Self-Regulation in Young Children

Children’s self-regulation is closely tied to school readiness and success. As children develop and practice self-regulation skills, they are less frustrated and more successful, not only in school, but in social interactions and personal pursuits. Stepping Stone School teachers develop programming and environments that foster self-regulation skills for infants through school age. Each classroom offers opportunities for children to explore and take healthy risks while learning to respect the autonomy and interests of others.  Teachers listen thoughtfully to children, encouraging ...

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Building Developmental Skills at Home

Children are constantly noticing and experimenting with the information that comes their way. No matter what they do, they are learning! The examples below include developmental skills fostered by the activities: Give simple, appropriate tasks – putting crayons back in the box; folding washcloths. (Self-regulation, fine motor) Practice self-help skills such as zipping, buttoning, keeping up with personal items, opening packages of food. (Self-confidence, hand-eye coordination) Establish routines with your child and help him follow them – putting his backpack in a certai...

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Electronic Reporting Coming to All Campuses

We are pleased to announce that Tadpoles, our electronic communications system for photos, daily reports, other notifications, will be in all of our schools in the next couple of months. Tadpoles makes it easy for you to follow your child's day, giving you: Photos, videos and notes by email Details about your child's learning, eating, sleeping, exercise and toileting activities (as appropriate) Your children’s history via the mobile Tadpoles application The ability to mark your child out sick or on vacation using the mobile application Emergency alerts by text message ...

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STEAM Curriculum Coming Soon!

This January, we are launching an exciting curriculum emphasis that incorporates the principles of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education! "This is the culmination of months of research," said Rhonda Paver, MA, Stepping Stone School founder and executive director. "As always, we are keeping pace with the most updated curriculum and thinking in the nation." The addition of STEAM into our lesson plans will give our students an advantage in school readiness as more schools are adopting this modern learning. Children’s earliest developments and experiences, coupl...

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Stepping Stone School Sponsoring Kids' K Race

Join us at the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K at the 23rd Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at The Long Center. The Kids' K starts at 8:45am (before the 5-Mile Run). We group the children according to age and send them off in waves so that the smaller children won't get run over by the older ones. Every Kids' K participant receives a finisher's bracelet! Stop by our Activity Center for projects and games before or after the run. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income families. We hope to see yo...

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Join Us for Our 2013 Winter Break

December 23, 2013-January 3, 2014 We are looking forward to our 2013 Winter Break Camp, “European Adventure!” Plan to have your school-age children join this fun & educational school break camp. European Adventure Our Winter Break camp activities and discussions will revolve around exploring the facets of Europe. We will investigating the culture and cuisine of different European countries and regions. Each day, the children will be cooking a dish from each country/region. Queen Elizabeth II is the Person of Interest the children will study. Field Journeys We will be going on sever...

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Tadpoles Instant Reports Are Here!

We're excited to add Tadpoles electronic daily reports to our offerings. These private and secure communications give our parents greater insight into their children's school day. Parents can: Receive photos, videos, notes and daily charts by email Receive emergency alerts by text message View their children's history using the mobile Tadpoles application Mark their child out sick or on vacation using the mobile application Our parents now can read about their child's activities, meals and daily highlights, making the car-ride conversation much more meaningful! Tadpoles is currentl...

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CDA Scholarship Winners Announced

Stepping Stone School has once again awarded CDA scholarships to many of its employees. The group of 20 Stepping Stone School teachers will begin classes next week to earn their Child Development Associate credentials. The CDA program will reinforce the teachers’ knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional and biological development of children and the planning and design of related curricula. "We're pleased to contribute the education of these bright and talented teachers," said Rhonda Paver, founder and executive director. "Congratulations to these smart (and lu...

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Fall Enrollment Specials Extended

Specials Extended! Stepping Stone School already is the best early care and education value. But now we're giving you even more reason to see for yourself all we have to offer your family. Free Enrollment! Enroll by October 31, 2013, and we'll credit your enrollment fee toward your first month's tuition. This is a $100 value! Sibling Discount Enroll two or more children before October 31, 2013, and receive 10% off your monthly tuition! Our sibling discount is regularly 5%, but enroll now, and we'll double it for as long as you have two or more siblings attending any Stepping Stone School w...

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Stepping Stone School Adds Gymnastics Enrichment Classes

Beginning next week, Stepping Stone School will offer a gymnastics class for 2-6 year old girls and boys. Flippers, taught by Gym Station instructors, will be a weekly onsite extracurricular activity available to our students. This pre-school gymnastics program uses a variety of equipment such as bars, beams and vaults. Each week brings a new and exciting curriculum to encourage your child's physical ability. This non-competitive program will challenge, excite and reward your child. We are pleased to add this healthy program to our lineup of enrichments that promote healthy living and exe...

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Stepping Stone School Founder Featured in Local Magazine

We are pleased and honored to be featured in Austin Family magazine's August issue. This Q&A interview with Austin Family's Melanie Dunham covers topics ranging from the history of our 34-year-old company and its curriculum to our care for families and community to our plans for the future. Click here to read about Rhonda Paver, Stepping Stone School founder and executive director, and her words on our history, philosophy and future....

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KEYE Meteorologist Visits Stepping Stone School

KEYE meteorologist Allison Miller visited with our school-aged children this week to talk about meteorology and careers in broadcasting. These visits are a part of our Children's Conference Center series, during which community members visit to discuss a topic related to the educational unit our children are studying. Click the links below to watch! July 9 at our Brodie campus July 8 at our Teravista campus ...

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Stepping Stone School Wins 'Best in Childcare' Honors for 15th Year!

Our amazing families have once again chosen us as Austin’s Best Childcare in Austin Family magazine’s annual Readers’ Poll. Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone who voted for us. We are so honored!...

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Limited Time Enrollment Specials

These specials have been extended until August 31, 2013!! Stepping Stone School already is the best early care and education value. But now we’re giving you even more reason to see for yourself all we have to offer your family. Free Enrollment! Enroll by August 31, 2013, and we’ll credit your enrollment fee toward your first month’s tuition. This is a $100 value! Sibling Discount Enroll two or more children before August 1, 2013, and receive 10% off your monthly tuition! Our sibling discount is regularly 5%, but enroll now, and we’ll double it for as long as you have...

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Openings Still Available for Summer Camp

It's not too late to give your child the gift of “Summer’s Smartest Destination,” a whole-child adventure that will nourish his or her mind, body and spirit! CURRICULUM (Mind) – Our educational themes are the basis for fun, interesting activities and field journeys. Your children will also take part in an organized math and literacy time each day to help them focus and hone the skills they learned during the school year.  We are dedicated to preventing summer “brain drain.” Check out the smart and engaging subjects we'll be studying this summer: June 3-14: Gro...

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Stepping Stone School at Lakeline Receives NAC Accreditation Notice

Stepping Stone School at Lakeline today received a letter notifying the school of its renewal of accreditation from the Association for Early Learning Leaders (formerly known as the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs, or NAC). NAC accreditation documents Stepping Stone School’s quality performance using research-based criteria. “All of our schools follow our strict quality guidelines and curriculum, but it is always nice to be recognized for our excellence,” said Rhonda Paver, Stepping Stone founder and CEO. "We're proud of the staff and acknowle...

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Help Stepping Stone School Win 15th Best in Childcare Title

We're proud to be Austin's favorite early care and education provider. For 14 years now, Austin families have voted us “BEST in CHILD CARE” on Austin Family magazine's Readers' Poll. The polls are now open in this annual poll! You can vote at www.austinfamily.com. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family to vote, too! Thank you for your support and votes as we continue to provide the BEST care and education possible...

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Positive Parenting Meetings: Kindergarten Readiness Academy

We invite families to attend one of our Positive Parenting Meetings during the months of March and April.  Learn how our Kindergarten Readiness Academy provides the ideal components to ensure your child’s successful transition to elementary school! Meeting schedule: March 5, Crestview March 6, Northcross March 7, Round Rock March 19, Leander March 20, Teravista March 27, Shoal Creek April 2, McNeil April 3, Pflugerville April 5, Hyde Park April 9, Brodie April 10, O’Connor April 16, Anderson Mill April 17, Parmer April 18, Capitol April 23, Kyle Apr...

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Advanced Pre-Kindergarten Week, March 4-8

We invite you to learn more about our Kindergarten Readiness Academy during our ADVANCED PRE-KINDERGARTEN WEEK March 4-8! Stop by and view the impressive Advanced Pre-K displays presented this week! Each day, different kindergarten-readiness skills are identified and illustrated with photos and work samples. See learning and mastery in action. Know that Stepping Stone School children enter Kindergarten confident, prepared and eager to continue learning! Our research-based curriculum has focused programming criteria for all children we serve. Stepping Stone School’s skilled teachers ...

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We're Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday

We will be celebrating this much-loved children’s author with daily events throughout the week of March 4-8! Stop by to see all the festivities as the children learn about this writer, poet and illustrator known formally as Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991). On the schedule are: Monday, March 4 Hat Day  Create hats to wear just like the cat in the hat Tuesday, March 5 Silly Socks & Rhymes  Children can wear silly socks to school and create their own classroom rhyme Wednesday, March 6 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish  Children can wear red and b...

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Stepping Stone School is 'Summer's Smartest Destination!'

Start planning now for summer! “Summer’s Smartest Destination” is a whole-child approach that will nourish your child’s mind, body and spirit! CURRICULUM (Mind) – Our educational themes are the basis for fun, interesting activities and field journeys. Your child will also take part in an organized math and literacy time each day to help them focus and hone the skills they learned during the school year.  We are dedicated to preventing summer “brain drain.” FIT FOR LIFE (Body) – We are pleased to offer our innovative “Fit For Life” program — health and physical act...

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Ornithological Observation Subject of Smart Spring Break Program

This year's spring break theme, Ornithological Observation, and activities will keep your child learning while having fun. Reading, reflective thinking, writing and fine arts provide educational opportunities to build skills in leadership, cooperation, communication, self-discipline and compassion. Chess Club, science experiments, math puzzles and our unique “Fit for Life” health and fitness enhancement are just some of the activities that will fill your child’s day. Come explore the world of our fine feathered friends by: building original bird houses discovering owls as you dis...

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Exciting Winter Break Camp Planned

We are looking forward to our 2012 Winter Break Camp, “A Day at the Museum!” Plan to have your school-age children join our fun & educational school break camp. A Day at the Museum Our Winter Break camp activities and discussions will revolve around exciting museum experiences. We will explore the different types of museums: history, art, natural history, cultural, etc. The children will create a variety of museum exhibits through art, science, math and literacy and critical thinking activities then display them in their own classroom galleries. Come see exhibits including apple mu...

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Beloved Pre-K Teacher Nominated for Mother Ginger Honor

We have the best families! Maryam Gharbi, one of our parents, has nominated our very own Colleen Paulk for the honor of performing in Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker production on Dec. 23. Please help us and her families by voting for her on the Ballet Austin website. You can vote once every 24 hours between now and Dec. 7. We have long treasured Colleen. Her students LOVE her and graduate from her advanced kindergarten-readiness class more than prepared for school. But don't take our word for it. This is what Maryam had to say: Vote for Ms. Colleen Paulk! In appreciation of our...

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Stepping Stone School Turkey Callers Featured on TV

Stepping Stone School was the site of the annual Turkey Call, promoting the 22nd annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids' K race. The sounds of “Gobble! Gobble!” filled the autumn air Tuesday when the students of Stepping Stone School Shoal Creek competed to determine which of them was the Turkey Calling Champion. Stepping Stone School and ThunderCloud Subs kicked off the 22st annual Turkey Trot and Kids’ K with a live Turkey Call. The contestant who elicited the best response from the turkey was to be declared this year’s champion with full rights to ...

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Stepping Stone School Adds New Layer of Quality Assurance

Several times a year, our Quality Assurance specialists assess every classroom, nutrition center and administrator in every school to ensure the highest standards of safety, nurturance, environment and curriculum for each child in our care. Our new QA coordinators are teachers and administrators at each school who consistently excel in their classrooms' quality assurance assessments and who have an exceptional understanding of how to maximize safety, nurturance, and learning environments of young children. "Providing the best implementation of our award-winning accelerated curriculum in t...

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Stepping Stone School-Age Children Earn, Donate Money to Charity

Katy Scott, Director of Community Engagement Brazos Valley at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (right) with Lindsay Trimble, Campus Principal of Stepping Stone School at Rock Prairie and Heather Richter, School Age Teacher along with participating students present a check for $405 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. We're so proud to say that our Austin Future Leaders & Inventors school age children raised $2,134 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas! Additionally, our newest Stepping Stone School in College Station ear...

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Stepping Stone School Families Donate to Vets' Pantry

Again this year, Stepping Stone School delivered hundreds of pounds of food donated by its families and employees to the Killeen-Heights Veterans Center food pantry in Harker Heights near Fort Hood. In early June, the children at Stepping Stone School learned that returning disabled veterans often have to wait more than a year to get their first disability payments. Finding that many of the veterans and their families have a hard time making ends meet or even go hungry while waiting for assistance, the children of Stepping Stone School and their families wanted to help and organized the ...

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CPR Positive Parenting Meeting July 21

Stepping Stone School is offering an infant/child/adult CPR/first aid training class for the convenience of our families. Call today and make reservations for yourself, a friend or teen babysitter to attend. WHO: Anyone who wants to learn CPR. WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 9:00-11:30 a.m. WHERE: Stepping Stone School III, 6616 McNeil Road. TRAINERS: CPR Resources (off duty firefighters and EMTs). COST: $25 per person at the door. RESERVATIONS: Please call 512-459-0258 to reserve your place so we can be sure to have enough trainers available. Reservations may also be made through your cen...

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Stepping Stone School Summer Reading Challenge Begins

Stepping Stone School school-age students have taken on a 13-week summer reading challenge. This contest encourages our young readers to spend more time reading and helping others with their reading skills, and is just one of many ways Stepping Stone School helps prevent "summer brain drain." The three classrooms that log the most reading minutes will receive a pizza party and be featured in the Stepping Stone School Book of World Records. The Stepping Stone School Book of World Records also will highlight: The child that logs the most individual reading minutes; The child that logs t...

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Stepping Stone School Observing Sun Safety Week

This week, the children at Stepping Stone School are learning about UV rays, SPF, heat and other things related to summer sun! Here are some of the tips they will be studying to help keep them and their families safe during our Texas summers. Block the Sun, Not the Fun! Monday: Insect repellants reduce sunscreen’s SPF by up to 1/3. When using a combination, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF! Tuesday: Overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays can result in sunburns which increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Therefore, check your local UV index which gives important information ...

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Stepping Stone School 20 Now Open!

Stepping Stone School is pleased and excited to announce the opening today of its newest early care and education facility in College Station, Texas! The school, located at 205 Rock Prairie Rd., serves children ages 6 weeks through 11 years old and opened at near full capacity. Like all Stepping Stone Schools, the Rock Prairie school was designed to provide children with a multi-sensory experience that inspires their intellectual, physical and social/emotional development. See more about our innovative campuses here. Please join us in welcoming this new school, its amazing families...

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Learning Happens All Year Long at Stepping Stone!

The beginning of summer may mark the end of the official “school year,” but at Stepping Stone School, the learning never ends! Our year-round developmental learning curriculum continues to provide your children with intellect-stimulating activities incorporated into seasonal themes. Whether working with infants or school-agers, teachers help children build their academic skills while providing joyful summer learning opportunities.   Our summer curriculum is now the focus in our ongoing professional development program. With thoughtful planning and intentional teaching, our educato...

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Leveled Readers Coming to Stepping Stone School Pre-K Classrooms

We are introducing Beginning Level Early Readers into our Advanced Prekindergarten class libraries this spring! Children in these classrooms will use these graduated readers to fine tune the literacy skills that enable them to decipher words and meaning. As your children become ready and interested, they each discover the excitement of reading. These skills come together at a unique time for every child. Our experienced teachers respectfully encourage each child to be a confident, exploring reader and learner!...

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Premier Private Kindergarten Now Enrolling for Fall!

Stepping Stone School is now enrolling for its Premier Private Kindergarten! Your child's kindergarten year is a very important foundational experience. We invite you to stop by and see how our curriculum and programs can best prepare your child for "big school" success. You want this important year to be the very best for your child, and you will find that at Stepping Stone School. Our kindergartners discover their potential, eagerly explore new concepts and are inspired to be adventurous learners. Advantages of Stepping Stone School’s private kindergarten: Stepping Stone School’...

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Stepping Stone School Now Provides Hot Lunch to School-Age Children

NEW! Stepping Stone School is now serving nutritious and healthy hot lunches to our school-age children during school holidays and breaks. This service is always provided to our younger children at no additional cost, but has now been expanded to include our older children when they attend full days. We are pleased to provide this convenience for our families!...

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Stepping Stone School Named 21st Largest Preschool

In its January/February 2012 issue, Exchange magazine has listed Stepping Stone School as the 21st largest for-profit child care organization in North America. The list, which is based on the licensed capacities of all centers, included many publicly traded companies and large chains. Stepping Stone School was among the highest placed privately owned organizations. "We are very pleased to be part of this list," said founder and executive director Rhonda Paver. "Stepping Stone School remains a tight-knit, family-owned organization where we are small enough to be vigilant and responsive...

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Students Kick Off Turkey Trot with Turkey Call

Echoes of “Gobble! Gobble!” filled the autumn air Tuesday when the students of Stepping Stone School IX competed to determine which of them was the Turkey Calling Champion. Stepping Stone School and ThunderCloud Subs kicked off the 21st annual Turkey Trot and Kids’ K with a live Turkey Call at Stepping Stone School, 8121 Shoal Creek, on Nov. 15. The contestant who elicited the best response from the turkey was to be declared this year's champion with full rights to “crow” about it, however, because Tom Turkey was silent, all earned honors for their enthusiastic attempts! The...

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Dual Language Immersion Lab Newest Enrichment at Stepping Stone School

Stepping Stone School is pleased to announce the addition of its new foreign language enhancement! The Dual Language Immersion Labs will give students at each school a jump start at learning a second language. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, learning a second language at an early age... Has a positive effect on intellectual growth; Enriches and enhances a child's mental development; Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening; Improves a child's understanding of ...

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Chess More Than a Game at Stepping Stone School

"That's what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one."  -  Bobby Fischer, American chess grandmaster Chess – These classes and tournaments provide a multitude of benefits to our young strategists! Children who play chess have been shown to improve their math and reading skills, but the benefits go far beyond academic. Stepping Stone School is proud to introduce the traditional, yet revolutionary game of chess to its advanced pre-k and school-age masterminds! These students are learning about the history of the game as well as how the ...

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Stepping Stone School Leaders Expand Knowledge at NAEYC Conference

Stepping Stone School campus principals and curriculum leaders recently returned from the NAEYC 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, where they attended workshops and sessions by other experts in child development. "These workshops covered all the latest research about how children learn," said Marilee Blackwelder, Stepping Stone School director of training. "There were workshops that explored developmentally appropriate and effective teaching practices, the importance of relationships and attachments, and the different ways in which children learn to read, for example." Step...

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Stepping Stone School 17 Relocates to Beautiful, New Campus

Stepping Stone School opened the doors to its newest campus on Monday, Oct. 3, to the delight of its students and parents alike. Children were seen at Thursday's open house event excitedly exploring their new school, its play areas and classrooms. Many, even, were reluctant to leave. That excitement carried over to opening day. One parent, Karen Barry, said of her son, "It usually takes a while for him to get going in the morning, but not today. He popped right up and said, 'I'm going to my new school today!'" The school, previously located at Dell Children's Medical Center, is the new p...

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Stepping Stone School Families Donate Busload of Food to Disabled Veterans

Stepping Stone School delivered hundreds of pounds of food donated by its families and employees to the veterans' counseling center in Harker Heights near Fort Hood. In early June, the children at Stepping Stone School learned that returning disabled veterans often have to wait more than a year to get their first disability payments. Finding that many of the veterans and their families have a hard time making ends meet or even go hungry while waiting for assistance, the children of Stepping Stone School and their families wanted to help and organized the food drive. "We are so proud of ...

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Stepping Stone School Awards CDA Scholarships to Its Teachers

A group of 22 Stepping Stone School scholarship-winning teachers have just begun classes to earn their Child Development Associate degree.The CDA program will reinforce our teachers' knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, social, emotional and biological development of children and the planning and design of related curricula. Congratulations to these smart (and lucky) educators!...

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Rhonda Paver Appointed to Governor's Council

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Stepping Stone School Founder Rhonda Paver to the Texas Early Learning Council. This council assesses early childhood education and care programs across the state and develops opportunities for collaboration among entities carrying out federally and state funded child development, child care and early education programs. Read the press release on the governor's website....

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Six Schools Awarded Texas School Ready! Certification

Six Stepping Stone School locations recently earned the Texas School Ready! certification for 2010. Among private preschools in Austin, Stepping Stone School now has the largest number of Texas School Ready! certified schools. The TSR! Certification is determined by the combined results of a 2 year process that includes assessment of the Pre-K classroom program followed by tracking of the same children through their kindergarten classrooms. This certification means that children who attend Stepping Stone School’s pre-k program are equipped with the foundation skills they need to be succes...

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Stepping Stone Childrens' Gobbles Kick Off 2010 Turkey Trot

Stepping Stone School kicked off the holiday season and this year’s Turkey Trot with the annual Turkey Call yesterday. The children in the advanced pre-K classes at Stepping Stone IX dressed up, sang, and demonstrated their best turkey calls in hopes that the live turkey would answer back. The judges deemed four-year-old Wylie the contest winner, as his turkey call elicited the best response from Turkey Tom. The Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids K will be held Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Long Center in Austin, TX. All proceeds from the event benefit Carita...

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Stepping Stone Voted Best Preschool by Nickelodeon Parents!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Austin parents for choosing us Best Preschool! We're so pleased to be Austin's 2010 Nickelodeon's Parents' Pick. Thank you for your support ... we couldn't have done it without you!...

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Kyle Stepping Stone School Opens

Our newest location opened on Monday, Aug. 23, and we're so excited to be part of the Kyle community! We look forward to providing Hays County with the same excellent early care and education that has earned us the "Best in Austin" designation from the readers of Austin Family Magazine for 12 years! The "School of Knowledge & Innovation" is offering Stepping Stone School's nationally recognized curriculum to the children of Hays County ... the same curriculum that has prepared Central Texas children for school success for 30 years!...

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Stepping Stone School Voted Austin's Best for 12th Year!

Stepping Stone School has been named "Best Preschool 2010" in the Austin Family Magazine Readers' Poll. This is the 12th year Stepping Stone School has received this honor. Thank you to all our families for your support!...

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Watch Us Grow!

Stepping Stone School is expanding to Kyle, Texas! Our Daycare center in Hays County is scheduled to be open and bustling with academic energy this Fall....

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Stepping Stone School 6 Receives NAC Accreditation

Stepping Stone School 6 received notice of accreditation from the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC). NAC Accreditation demonstrates and documents Stepping Stone School's quality performance using research-based criteria. "We're so proud of our staff at Stepping Stone School VI," said Rhonda Paver, Stepping Stone founder and CEO. "All of our schools follow our strict quality guidelines and curriculum, but it is always nice to be recognized for our hard work."...

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Stepping Stone School Appears at Breakfast with Santa at the Capitol

The Texas Capitol building was a-buzz with the laughter of children mixed with holiday sounds Saturday, Dec. 5 when Stepping Stone School, exclusively selected to provide arts and crafts activities, helped the children make ornaments and "jingle-bell" necklaces. Stepping Stone School donated its time and supplies to help make the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Capitol a merry holiday event for children....

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Stepping Stone School Kids K Helps Caritas

The thunder of footsteps is now just a memory, but the Stepping Stone School Kids K Race was a huge success! About 900 children participated in the one-kilometer race, benefiting Caritas of Austin. Children and parents alike enjoyed the Stepping Stone School Activity Tent before and after the race. Activities included face painting, making crafts and playing in the bounce house. The Kids K is part of ThunderCloud Subs' annual Turkey Trot, which raises money for Caritas. Stepping Stone School is proud of its ten-year partnership with these organizations in the fight to stamp out poverty!...

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Stepping Stone School Gobblers Open Season on Turkey Trot Registration

Echoes of "Gobble! Gobble!" filled the crisp autumn air Nov. 18 when the students of Stepping Stone School IX competed to determine which of them is the Turkey Calling King or Queen. This year's winner was 5-year-old Evan. Stepping Stone School families collected non-perishable items for Caritas and were pleased to present the non-profit group with an amazing 594 pounds of food! This annual event kicked off registration for the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot and Stepping Stone School Kids K, which took place Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit Caritas ...

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Stepping Stone School Summer Bash a 'Smashing Success'

Stepping Stone School topped off its Summer Adventure Camp in style with the Annual End of Summer Bash. There were clowns, slides, face-painting, food, fun and LOTS of foam! Although we're sad to see the summer end, we're thrilled that we still get to see so many of our school-agers in our After-School Care! Check out the video here. What better way to kick off the new school year? ...

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Summer Specialty Camp!

Stepping Stone School is now enrolling for our School Age Summer Adventure Camp! Exciting weekly and monthly camps including Science Experiments, Culinary Academy, and Theater Productions and exciting activities such as Lazer Tag, Rock Climbing, Water Golf, Zoo Shows and Stepping Stone School's Private Movie Theater! FREE, summer-long Academic Super Skills Camp featuring MENSA-inspired activities, brain teasers, and math, literacy and science enhancements. Use of Nintendo Wii rewarded for Academic Achievement! State licensed, regulated environments ensure your child’s safety, securi...

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Stepping Stone School Guides Parents in Preschool Search

In a recent issue of the Austin American-Statesman, Stepping Stone School offered guidance for working parents who are searching for quality early care and education. Marilee Blackwelder, Director of Training at Stepping Stone School provided her insights, including valuable information regarding what parents should look for and specific questions to ask. Click here to read the full article, "Safety, security top list of what pre-school should offer families". ...

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Health Advisory

Stepping Stone School will continue updating you on important health-related information as it becomes available. Please click here to read our letter to parents including helpful tips on preventing the spread of illness (PDF). For tips on discussing swine flu with children, please visit the CDC's website....

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NAC Accreditation

Stepping Stone School I on Richcreek and Steppping Stone School V on Wells Branch Parkway were recently accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC), recognizing the schools for exemplifying excellence in the education and care of young children. NAC Accreditation is one of the highest recognitions awarded to Early Childhood Development programs, signifying that a program meets NAC's high quality standards and is distinguished as superior child care. ...

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2009 Austin Family Readers' Poll

Polls are open! Help keep Stepping Stone School "Best in Child Care". Thank you for your support and votes as we continue providing the best early care and education! [*Update 5/15/2009 - Polls are now closed. Thank you for your support!]...

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National Recognition

Stepping Stone School has been recognized as the 21st largest privately owned child care organization in North America by Exchange magazine, the official publication of Child Care Information Exchange. ...

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Car Seat Calendar

Properly installing a car seat is one of the most important aspects of ensuring a child's safety. To ensure that all parents are familiar with how to effectively, safely use car seats, the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas provides a comprehensive Calendar of Car Seat Safety Checks. Please visit their website to take advantage of this valuable resource....

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Stepping Stone School Kids' K at Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot

Join us at the Stepping Stone School Kids' K at the 18th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Waterloo Park. Children can run or walk the Kids' K and then head over to the Stepping Stone School Kids' Area featuring games, activities, snacks, and a moonwalk. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization committed to assisting low-income families. We hope to see you there! ...

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Stepping Stone School Turkey Call Kicks Off Thanksgiving Festivities

The children at Stepping Stone School IX on Shoal Creek participated in Stepping Stone School's annual Turkey Call to initiate the Thanksgiving festivities leading up to the Stepping Stone School Kids' K at the 18th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. View some of the Turkey Call excitement! Turkey Call Video ...

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Texas School Ready! Certification

Five Stepping Stone School locations—Richcreek, Woodland Village, Pflugerville, Blockhouse, and Red River—recently earned the Texas School Ready! certification for outstanding preschool education classrooms that effectively prepare students for kindergarten....

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Texas Rising Star Four-Star Certification

Stepping Stone School II on Bowling Green has been named a 4-Star Texas Rising Star vendor, the highest award offered by the program. The Texas Rising Star program is designed to provide families with the highest quality child care available by closely observing and examining child care programs through certification visits. Four-Star certification is awarded to child care programs that exceed quality standards in all areas and enhance the intellectual, physical, and social development of children in care. Additionally, six other Stepping Stone School locations—Richcreek, Woodland Village...

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Early Childhood Education Consortium

Stepping Stone School founders Rhonda and Bill Paver have been recognized for their contributions to Early Childhood Education by an invitation to join the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC). The Consortium represents the largest national and regional early childhood care and education companies in the United States. The ECEC members represent over 8,000 programs serving more than 800,000 children in nearly every state in the country. More about ECEC » ...

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Stepping Stone School Supports Early Literacy in Central Texas

Stepping Stone School is proud to support early literacy efforts in the community by sponsoring the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF), a public charity committed to helping improve academic outcomes in the Leander Independent School District Community. More about LEEF »...

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Stepping Stone School featured in Community Impact Newspaper

Stepping Stone School was featured in Community Impact Newspaper's June 2008 edition. Click here to view the entire article (PDF download). ...

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Stepping Stone School Voted Best Child Care - 2008 Austin Family Magazine Readers' Poll

Stepping Stone School is as the top of its class! Click here to view the full listing of poll results....

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Stepping Stone School XVIII – NOW OPEN!

The School of Life, located at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, TX provides on-site care for Seton Healthcare Network employees and the general public. Please call 512.341.0909 for more information or to enroll your child. Hurry... spaces are filling fast!...

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The Kids ARE Alright

Slate Magazine reviews an in-depth study on what child care really means!...

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