A Typical Day at STEPPING STONES Childcare Learning Center, Inc.

We are open Monday through Friday 6am until 6pm.


A daily schedule gives children the stability and security they need early on in life. That's why we strive to provide a stable environment that adds structure to our daily lives but also leaves plenty of room for spontaneous and additional activities. 

Parent Handbook
The Parent Handbook overviews our Educational methods, Daily policies as well as other useful information you may need as a parent.

2018 Parent Handbook updates:
Hours of Operation

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6am-6pm, hours of operation may vary between centers and are subject to change depending on enrollments and center needs.

We are closed on all major holidays and reserve the right to close the day before and/or after a major holiday, if we choose to do so this will be determined annually. Christmas Eve is determined annually. If we are closed the entire day it will be considered a major holiday.

Major Holiday closing days for 2018 are as follows; New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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Our Classrooms

Your Infants

We provide a safe, loving nurturing "home away from home" where your child can grow and learn every day by exploring and making new discoveries. 

Our infant program helps babies grow, gain mobility, and develop intellectual and social skills for future success.

We are committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child as they take thier first steps.

Infants are taught sign language early on, this helps their communication between each other as well as the teacher before their vocal cords are fully developed.  Our Infants are impressively on a schedule, which helps with transitions between home and at the center.


Your Toddlers

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that young children learn best through hands-on experiences. Each day is filled with fun activites that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first freinds.

Toddlers are taught their full names, birthday, spanish colors, numbers, alphabet and simply how to put on their own jackets as well as going potty on the "big potty"


Your Preschooler

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world.  Our program offers activites to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts.  A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active, too.


Your School Ager

We provide a safe and entertaining summer camp program, keeping your school ager on track throughout the summer.  Teachers work with the school agers on building their sense of community.  Many science projects are conducted as well as outside nature activities.  Reading incentive programs are put in place for keeping your child on track.  While children have a blast meeting new freinds and interacting with other children throughout the summer it is important to keep them engauged in activity!


Overview of our daily routine (Centers may vary slightly):

Infant Daily Schedule

6:30-8:00                 Arrival/Teacher Designated Choice

8:00-9:00                Breakfast/Bottle Feeding (Sign Language)

Bottles (young infants) 8:00, Cereal 8:15 Clean-Up/Diaper Changes


Morning Nap (young infants)

Science- (Sensory Enrichment Activities)

Tummy Time (younger infants) Learning to Walk (older infants)

9:45-10:15                                                Diaper Changes

10:15-1030                               Story Time- (Read the same book for the week)

Morning Circle Time- (colors, shapes, ABC’s, 123’s, sign language)

10:30-11:00                             Outside/Large Motor Activities Physical (Large & Fine Motor) Dramatic Play/Blocks or Practical Life Activities

11:00-12:30             Lunch/Bottle Feeding (Sign Language)

Bottles (younger infants) 11:00, Cereal/Lunch 11:15

Clean-up/Diaper Changes


Academics (Math, Cognitive), Language/Literacy (Reading, Singing Songs),

Social & Emotional/Life Skill (all day)

12:30-2:30                Naptime/Quiet Time


Bottles (young infants)

2:30-3:00                                                 Diaper Changes

3:00-3:30                                Creative Arts & Crafts (Teacher Directed)

3:30-4:30                  Snack/Bottle Feeding (Sign Language)

                                                                Clean-up/Diaper Changes  

4:30-6:00                 End of Day Cleanup

Story Time/(Teacher Directed) Fine Motor Activities


We understand every baby will progress at his or her own rate with bottle feeding, as parents you will be amazed as to how well your child will adapt to this schedule.  All feedings will follow a 2-3 hour schedule and diaper changes will be done as needed. 

If you have questions, please let us know.


Toddler Daily Schedule

6:30-7:00                Arrival/Combined Classrooms

7:00-8:30                Teacher Designated Choice

8:30-9:00                 Breakfast/Clean-Up

(8:45-9:00)  Potty Break/Diapers/Wash Hands

9:00-9:15                 Story Time/Teacher Directed Activities                        

9:15-10:00               Good Morning Song/Large Group Activities-

                                Free Choice Time (4 stations-switch) 

Small Group Activity-

(1) Dramatic Play/Blocks, Physical- Fine/Large Motor, (2) Science- Sensory, (3) Language/Literacy- Reading, (4) Academics- Math, Social & Emotional (all day)

10:00-10:30            Circle Time/Creative Arts & Crafts (Teacher Directed)

10:30-11:00             Outside/Exercise (Large Motor) Teacher Directed

11:00-11:30              Story Time- (Read the same book) all week/

Learning New Songs & Games            

11:00-11:15                              Potty Breaks/Diapers/Wash Hand

11:30-12:00             Lunch/Cleanup

(11:45-12:00)  Potty Breaks/Diapers/Wash Hands

12:00-12:30             Story Time/Teacher Directed Activities

12:30-2:30                Nap Time/Quiet Time

2:30-2:45                                  Potty Break/Diapers/Wash Hands

2:45-3:15                   Outside/Teacher Directed- Fine Motor Activities

3:15-3:30                                                  Wash Hands

3:30-4:00                 Snack/Cleanup

(3:45-4:00)  Potty Breaks/Diapers/Wash Hands

4:00-4:30                 Afternoon Social Circle/

Recap of the day- Ask Me Board (Split into Max Group)

4:30-5:00                 Practical Life- Dramatic Play & Blocks Area

4:45-5:00                                  Potty Breaks/Diapers/Wash Hands

5:30-6:00                 Combined Classrooms



Preschool Daily Schedule

6:30-7:30                                  Arrival/Combined Classrooms WORDS OF THE DAY!  (Social & Emotional- all day!)

7:30-8:15                                  Writing/Recognizing- Names Teacher Designated Choice

8:15-8:30                                                                  Wash Hands/Potty Break

8:30-9:00                                 Breakfast/Cleanup…          

8:45-9:00                                 Large Group Morning Meeting-  Good Morning Song, Pledge of Allegiance

9:00-9:30                                Large Motor/Outside

Potty Break

9:30-10:00                             Circle Time/STORYTIME- Read book of the week- Life Skills

Body Exercise, Calendar, Weather, States Song,

Colors & #’s (Spanish)/Shapes/ABC’s/Letters

Recognize- Names, DOB, Address/Money/Words of the day                                        

10:00-11:00                            Choice Time 

(8 minutes each)                    Small Group Activity- Creative Arts & Crafts (Teacher Directed 10 min)

                                                Physical- Fine/Large Motor (8min), Dramatic Play, Blocks, Science- Sensory, Language/Literacy- Reading, Listening, Academics- Math, Cognitive           

11:00-11:15                              FREE CHOICE

11:15-11:30                                                               Wash Hands/Potty break

11:30-12:00                             Lunch/Cleanup

12:00-12:15                              STORY TIME- Read book of the week- Life Skills

12:15-12:30                                                              Potty Break

12:30-2:30                                Nap/Quiet Time

2:30-2:45                                                                  Potty Break

2:45-3:15                                   Large Group ~ Daily Recap/Social Circle- Ask me about…

3:15-3:30                                                                  Wash Hands

3:30-4:00                                 Snack/Cleanup…

4:00-4:30                                 Large Motor/Outside or Children’s Choice Time (2) activities

4:30-4:45                                                                  Potty Break

4:45-5:00                                  Small Group Activities/Teacher’s Choice

5:00-5:30                                 Teacher Designated Choice                             

5:00-6:00                                Combined Classrooms




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