Stepping Stones is a private, for profit, early education and child care center open to all families regardless of race, cultural heritage, national origin, political beliefs, religion, sexual orientation disability, or marital status. The Center’s purpose is to support and strengthen families by providing peace of mind as well as full day, quality education and care for their young children.
The Center’s early education program provides for the cognitive, social, physical, emotional and creative development of each child. Teachers create an environment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers which is safe, nurturing, relaxed and non-sexist where the child is our most important task. The staff also encourages and supports creativity and independence.
A child’s day the Center includes opportunities for art work, block building, dramatic play, sand and water play, group meetings, outdoor time, quiet/nap time and much more. We believe that children learn by doing. As they are ready, they will discover colors, shapes, numbers and letters through a wide variety of experiences.
All activities take place under the supervision of a professional staff who have strong backgrounds in Early Childhood Education. Along with their expertise they bring a real concern for and understanding of children. Teachers are always close by to give attention, reassurance, or maybe just a hug. Whether children are five weeks, five months or five years old, they are someone’s babies and the most precious thing in their parents’ lives. We strive to ensure that the children entrusted to us are treated the way we would want our own children treated and provide peace of mind to all parents and families.
Parents are encouraged to participate as their schedules allow. Communication between staff and families about what a child does here, and at home, is essential. We try to form a partnership with families so we can understand and meet the needs of each individual child.
Stepping Stones opened its doors on February 1, 1992 under the ownership and direction of Adelaide Queeney. Adelaide served as Director for fifteen years and continues to oversee the program as retired director. Patricia Bakutis, the current Program Director, has been with Stepping Stones for five years and has been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 35 years.