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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION LEADERS TAKE ACTION FOR ACCEPTANCE, INCLUSION AND BELONGING

LINK The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) commits to using combined resources to formally incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into programs. WASHINGTON, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) issued a joint letter confirming that the nation's largest child care providers have committed to formally incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into their programs: In a year of historic and unprecedented events—the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic fallout—we are facing yet another crisis as a country and...

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Santa visits Stepping Stone School!

Every year Santa Claus makes a special visit to  Stepping Stone School! We are always thrilled to welcome Santa to many of our Stepping Stone School campuses! Watch the video below for a behind the scene look at how Santa Rick prepares each year! ...

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2019 Turkey Trot

AUSTIN, Texas — It's an Austin tradition that has been going on for 29 years. Every Thanksgiving, thousands of people meet at the Long Center for the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. The event has raised almost $3.8 million for Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the city. “Some of the things we will do with some money that is raised today at the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot is, overall, we will build well-being and help people build a future for themselves," said Jo Kathryn Quinn with Caritas of Austin. "We will connect people to permanent h...

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Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Austin, Texas – August 16, 2018: On August 15, 2018, the school age children of Stepping Stone School proudly presented at check for $14,361.22 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The funds for this generous donation were raised by the school age children of Stepping Stone School who participated in the annual Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ summer camp at Stepping Stone Schools’ The Brainery™, and was generously matched by a grant from the Paver Family and Stepping Stone School which also provided all of the in-kind materials.   Stepping Stone Scho...

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Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas

Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas   Austin, Texas – August 17, 2017: Today, the school age children of Stepping Stone School and Rhonda Paver, M.A. owner and executive director proudly presented at check for $12,860.14 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas.   The funds for this generous donation were raised by the school age children of Stepping Stone School who participated in the annual Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists™ summer camp at Stepping Stone Schools’ The Brainer...

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Nurturing the Development of Responsibility

Just after my daughter turned two, she moved into Ms. Alisa’s classroom at one of our Stepping Stone School locations. My daughter had a doctor’s appointment that day, so I picked her up early.  I walked into the classroom just as the children were transitioning between activities and was amazed to see each child pick up his or her toys and place them back on the shelves where they belonged. “How did you get them to do that?” I asked.  “They’re cleaning up after themselves and putting things away nicely… they’re only two!” Alisa looked at me very matter-of-factly, ...

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 Stepping Stone School Children Safely Observe the Eclipse of the Sun

EDIT: Update - Stepping Stone School has now won Austin's Best in Childcare for a 21st year!  Stepping Stone School Children Safely Observe the Eclipse of the Sun Austin, Texas – August 18, 2017: On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be experience an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights–a total solar eclipse. In Texas, we will experience a partial eclipse of the sun.   During the eclipse, our children will stay indoors and all safety precautions will be in place. This is a wonderful learning op...

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Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas

EDIT: Update - Stepping Stone School has now won Austin's Best in Childcare for a 21st year! Stepping Stone School Children Award Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas   Austin, Texas – August 17, 2017: Today, the school age children of Stepping Stone School and Rhonda Paver, M.A. owner and executive director proudly presented at check for $12,860.14 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas.   The funds for this generous donation were raised by the school age children of Stepping Stone School who participated in the annual Young Ent...

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Stepping Stone School voted BEST IN CHILDCARE for the 19th Year

EDIT: Update July 2019- Stepping Stone School has now won Austin's Best in Childcare for a 21st year! Stepping Stone School voted BEST IN CHILDCARE for the 19th Year   Austin, Texas – July 4, 2017: Stepping Stone School has been voted the BEST IN CHILDCARE for the 19th year according to Austin Family Magazine Readers Poll. Since 1998, Stepping Stone School has earned this prestigious honor with community support and a continuous commitment to nurture the whole child through cognitive, physical and social-emotional development.   Stepping Stone School would like to thank our...

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10 Safety Tips for this Independence Day

My memories of Independence Day celebrations are filled with cookouts, visits from friends and family members, and staying up late to watch the fireworks displays.  My siblings and I would spend most of the day chasing each other around in the backyard and then join with our neighbors in the front yard to share in a cookout.  It was always an exciting time. Now with my own children in tow, the celebrations and fireworks take on a slightly different kind of excitement: keeping my children safe throughout the crowded parade routes, cookouts, and firework spectaculars. I have compiled ...

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 Stepping Stone School Brings High-Quality Early Care and Education to Kyle’s Plum Creek

EDIT: Update - Stepping Stone School has now won Austin's Best in Childcare for a 21st year!  Stepping Stone School Brings High-Quality Early Care and Education to Kyle’s Plum Creek Award-Winning Child Development Center Opens 20th Campus   AUSTIN, Texas, June 8, 2017 - With the population boom in Hays County continuing, Stepping Stone School is pleased to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art early care and education campus located in the Plum Creek master planned community of Kyle, TX. Stepping Stone School is renowned for its commitment to education, the community and ...

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Stepping Stone School Voted ”Best in Childcare” for the 19th Year!

We are excited to announce that we’ve been selected “Best in Childcare” by Austin Family magazine’s readers! Stepping Stone School would not be the best without the support of our wonderful teachers and amazing families! We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all our families and friends who voted for us. We’re honored to have won this prestigious title for 19 years!...

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Stepping Stone School featured in cover story of ChildCare Exchange Magazine

Stepping Stone School featured in cover story of ChildCare Exchange Magazine   AUSTIN, TX, February 21, 2017 – Stepping Stone School is featured in the cover story in the January/February 2017 issue of ChildCare Exchange Magazine, the leading national publication on early care and education. The three-page story outlines founder Rhonda Paver’s vision and Stepping Stone School’s programs, philosophy and mission. “We are deeply honored and grateful to be recognized by ChildCare Exchange and we would like to extend our thanks to all the families who, through their support, have ma...

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Stepping Stone School Raises $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

*As of August 2019 Stepping Stone School has donated over $80,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas STEPPING STONE SCHOOL RAISES $10,000 FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES AUSTIN, TX (September 2, 2016) – From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone School in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists™ summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX). The students raised over $6,000 thro...

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 Young Students at Stepping Stone School Raise Over $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

 Young Students at Stepping Stone School Raise Over $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities AUSTIN, TX (August 20, 2015) – From selling refreshing lemonade, warm cookies and creative crafts, the students of Stepping Stone Schools in Austin, TX put their business minds and giving hearts to work at the schools’ Young Entrepreneurs & Philanthropists summer camp program – all to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. The students raised over $3,000 through the sale of their goods and Stepping Stone School matched and exceeded all funds. Together, they donated ...

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Stepping Stone School Southpark Meadows

Stepping Stone School Bringing High-Quality Preschool, Childcare to Austin’s Southpark Meadows March 2, 2015 Award-Winning Child Development Center Opening 19th Campus  AUSTIN, Texas, February 11, 2015 – In an area renowned for its commitment to education, the families of South Austin are about to have a real choice in high quality, educational child care. Stepping Stone School is set to open its new state-of-the-art campus in Austin’s Southpark Meadows located at 9325 Alice Mae Lane on March 2.   “Southpark Meadows is the perfect location for us to serve the preschool an...

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