About Us


Stepping Stones Children's Center Mission Statement
 
Stepping Stones Children's Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is the total development of children.  We are committed to providing high quality education and child care in an environment that fosters positive relationships among our children, staff, families, and the community we serve.

 

What makes Stepping Stones Children's Center different?
 
There are a lot of qualities that set Stepping Stones apart from other child care centers.  First and foremost, we are a non-profit organization that cares deeply about the children and families that we serve as well as our staff and community.  We have a very low turnover rate among our staff which contributes to the quality care we provide as well as the family atmosphere that is felt by all who enter our doors.  We also have a very high rate of return among parents and families and have even had children of former students enrolled in our programs!
 
History of Stepping Stones
 
In 1979, a group of parent volunteers turned an old farmhouse on Eden Hall Farm in Gibsonia, PA into a schoolhouse in just 9 days and Stepping Stones Children's Center was born!  Programs included Extended Day child care, Home Based Child Care, Preschool Education, and Time Out (a play group for toddlers).  In 1981, Stepping Stones became a 501(c)3 organization.

Over the next 15 years, Stepping Stones expanded its programs, adding Before/After School-Age Child Care , School-Age Summer Camps, Extended Day Child Care for Infants and Toddlers, and Kindergarten Care.

In 1990, Stepping Stones began its relationship with the Pine-Richland School District with the creation of the Work-Study in Child Development for High School Juniors and Seniors.  The Before/After School-Age Child Care program also moved to Hance Elementary.


Currently, Stepping Stones Children's Center operates in ten sites with over 350 children enrolled.  We proudly celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2009!