Frequently Asked Questions
What is the educational background of your teachers?
All of our teachers have a minimum of an AA in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, and most possess a BA along with a teaching permit.
How can I learn more about the school?
The best way to learn about our school and programs is to come in for a tour. We are open for tours every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month by appointment.
How safe and secure is your campus?
We have a full security system in place with a coded entry and safety cameras monitoring the parking lots and outdoor spaces. Only families of enrolled students have the access keys to the front door and all other gates have security alarms.
When does your school term start and finish?
We begin our school term in August and end in June, with one month off in July for Summer school.
What are the tuition payment options?
We have monthly and annual payment options available. However we ask parents to commit to a 11-month (Aug-June) tuition contract before starting.
We offer a 5% tuition discount for the annual payment option.
Is your school accredited?
As of October 26, 2015 Stepping Stones has NAEYC Accreditation! We were assessed in 10 Standards: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, and Leadership and Management. We scored 100% in 8 out of the 10 standards and received numerous commendations. We want to thank all the parents and families who supported and encouraged us during this time. Our school receiving NAEYC Accreditation is due to the collective effort between the families, children, teachers, and staff. Thank you for always believing in us!
Can parents come into observe the class?
Our Open Door policy allows for parents to come in and observe their child’s classroom, but we ask that you keep the observation brief (up to 20 minutes) and be as unobtrusive to the children as possible to avoid distracting the class.
How ready are your students for school by the time they graduate?
At Stepping Stones we’ve developed our own Phonics and Math curriculum. It’s been so successful that we always have parents and community members talking about how our graduates are thriving in the local elementary schools. By the end of Pre-Kindergarten, the vast majority of our students are reading simple books. For our Kindergarten graduates, they have typically grasped the majority of the California State Standards for First Grade.