About our Classrooms


The following is the developmental areas within each classroom setting:

(3) Learning Styles- (VISUAL (see), AUDITORY (hear)- KINESTHETIC (touch)


Social and Emotional Development- Life Skill

Outside Adventure

Language, Literacy and Communication- Library, Writing, Music

Creativity and the Arts- Crafts

Cognitive Development:  Mathematics, Science and Social Systems

Physical and Movement Development


Dramatic Play/Blocks or Practical Life Activities

Science/Discovery/Cooking- Sensory Enrichment

Circle Time


Stepping Stones Childcare will be using the ECIPS as the framework for understanding and communicating development expectations for young children to their parents.

  • Infant Program (6 weeks to 16 months) - Our infant program focuses on the healthy development of each individual infants working to master their motor, language and social skills.  We use basic sign language to improve the way we communicate with infants. The age-appropriate loving and nurturing environment will give all infants the freedom to safely explore, engross and develop.


  • Toddler Program (16 months to 33 months) - Our toddler program is designed around the understanding that each toddler is now developing innovative ways to express their needs. Toddlers are taught to make independent choices and develop self-help skills by beginning to solve their own situations.  Basic sign Language will be used to give each child a voice.


  • Preschooler Program (33 months to 5 years old) - The pre-kindergarten program prepares each child for the critical transition from preschool to kindergarten. The program assures that each child will be ready for the academic and social challenges of the kindergarten classroom.




ECIPS (Early Childhood Indicators of Progress):

Minnesota’s Early Learning Standards

Domain Framework & Components


Social and Emotional Development

  • Emotional Development

  • Self-Concept

  • Social competence and Relationships

Approaches to Learning

  • Curiosity

  • Risk-taking

  • Imagination and Invention

  • Persistence

  • Reflection and Interpretation

Language, Literacy and Communication

  • Listening

  • Speaking

  • Emergent Reading

  • Emergent Writing

Creativity and the Arts

  • Creating

  • Responding

  • Evaluating

Cognitive Development

  • Mathematical and Logical Thinking

  • Number Concepts and Operations

  • Patterns and Relationships

  • Spatial Relationships/Geometry

  • Measurement

  • Mathematical Reasoning


  • Scientific Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Observing

  • Questioning

  • Investigating


  • Social Systems Understanding

  • Human Relationships

  • Understanding the World


Physical and Movement Development

  • Gross Motor Development

  • Fine Motor Development

  • Physical Health and Well-Being

810 NW 7th St, Brainerd, MN 56401, USA

(218) 270-3100