Stepping Stone School - Shoal Creek/Domain

★★★★★
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  • 8121 Shoal Creek Blvd

    Austin, TX 78757

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  • 512-371-1777

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Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:15pm

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Stepping Stone has been great for our baby! We are super super happy with it and would recommend it to anybody. We had a really bad experience with the previous daycare she was attendingwe would find her looking out the window, playing

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Stepping Stone has been great for our baby! We are super super happy with it and would recommend it to anybody. We had a really bad experience with the previous daycare she was attendingwe would find her looking out the window, playing

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After having my children at home for the past 2 years, it was a VERY IMPORTANT decision as to where I would send them to daycare. We were focused on security, curriculum, love & attention, food, and the little extras some daycares offer. First and foremost, no daycare is perfect and if you are looking for that, you will probably want to stay home with your children because no one will do it the way you want. There is no such thing as Mary Poppins.

Second, this is an AMAZING center. My daughter is in the 2's and my son is graduating tonight from Pre-K. My daughter LOVES her teacher and yes, they move the children from room to room but only after 5, before 8 or during breaks. Come on, even teachers have to go home some time. I never have a problem with this. All the teachers recognize my face and most of the time can tell me where Caroline's group is. Not hard to find, look in one of two classrooms, if not there, look on the playground. Easy enough.

Love the Food. Very healthy compared to most. Brown rice, whole grain breads, lots of veggies. It's not perfect, but if it were they would need to charge more. Know that this is not the cheapest place BUT it is totally worth it.

Our son had a couple of altercations with some other boys who were scratching or hitting him. This is stopped PROMPTLY and was handled very well. They even taught these little boys how to become friends - which is huge in this "bullying" world we live in.

I love that they take swim lessons AT THE SCHOOL. Cool! No taking them around the world to take classes. They also offer all kinds of other classes like karate, art, music, etc. I don't have them in most, but they are there if I like it.

Both my children are not allowed to drink milk and I have yet to have ANY problems with them receiving food they are not allowed to have. FYI - If you don't want your children receiving sugar, be sure to let them know. Parent's some times bring cake or cupcakes for their kid's birthday. I am not a sugar fan, but every once in a while (Like once a month) I allow it.

For those with little ones, I will tell you that your children do NOT stay in cribs all day. Everytime I go to pick up my children I see the little ones being buggied around the facility to get them out of their room for a while. The teachers all ooooo and aaaah over them and love them. I have been impressed even with that side.

I am someone who does quite a lot of homework where my children are concerned and this topped my list. I encourage you to drop by at a random time and take a quick tour. They are always open to showing you around BUT don't expect perfection. A 2 or 3-year old room is not going to be pristine especially right after they come in from playing outside. They do clean daily... I have seen this regularly.

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★★★★★

After having my children at home for the past 2 years, it was a VERY IMPORTANT decision as to where I would send them to daycare. We were focused on security, curriculum, love & attention, food, and the little extras some daycares offer. First and foremost, no daycare is perfect and if you are looking for that, you will probably want to stay home with your children because no one will do it the way you want. There is no such thing as Mary Poppins.

Second, this is an AMAZING center. My daughter is in the 2's and my son is graduating tonight from Pre-K. My daughter LOVES her teacher and yes, they move the children from room to room but only after 5, before 8 or during breaks. Come on, even teachers have to go home some time. I never have a problem with this. All the teachers recognize my face and most of the time can tell me where Caroline's group is. Not hard to find, look in one of two classrooms, if not there, look on the playground. Easy enough.

Love the Food. Very healthy compared to most. Brown rice, whole grain breads, lots of veggies. It's not perfect, but if it were they would need to charge more. Know that this is not the cheapest place BUT it is totally worth it.

Our son had a couple of altercations with some other boys who were scratching or hitting him. This is stopped PROMPTLY and was handled very well. They even taught these little boys how to become friends - which is huge in this "bullying" world we live in.

I love that they take swim lessons AT THE SCHOOL. Cool! No taking them around the world to take classes. They also offer all kinds of other classes like karate, art, music, etc. I don't have them in most, but they are there if I like it.

Both my children are not allowed to drink milk and I have yet to have ANY problems with them receiving food they are not allowed to have. FYI - If you don't want your children receiving sugar, be sure to let them know. Parent's some times bring cake or cupcakes for their kid's birthday. I am not a sugar fan, but every once in a while (Like once a month) I allow it.

For those with little ones, I will tell you that your children do NOT stay in cribs all day. Everytime I go to pick up my children I see the little ones being buggied around the facility to get them out of their room for a while. The teachers all ooooo and aaaah over them and love them. I have been impressed even with that side.

I am someone who does quite a lot of homework where my children are concerned and this topped my list. I encourage you to drop by at a random time and take a quick tour. They are always open to showing you around BUT don't expect perfection. A 2 or 3-year old room is not going to be pristine especially right after they come in from playing outside. They do clean daily... I have seen this regularly.

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I have utilized the services of Stepping Stone #9 many times over the years. My son's infancy in 1994, my son's toddler years, my son's summer camp needs, and now my daughter's afterschool care.

I've worked in infant/toddler care. What

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I have utilized the services of Stepping Stone #9 many times over the years. My son's infancy in 1994, my son's toddler years, my son's summer camp needs, and now my daughter's afterschool care.

I've worked in infant/toddler care. What

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I love this school . We have 2 children, Boy 5 and girl 10. My Daughter went on to Elementary and is such a good student, its amazing, all attributed to the Stepping School #9. My son still attends, he has one more year to go

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I love this school . We have 2 children, Boy 5 and girl 10. My Daughter went on to Elementary and is such a good student, its amazing, all attributed to the Stepping School #9. My son still attends, he has one more year to go

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We love stepping stones daycare 9!! Everyday I leave my son with MaryAlice I know he is in good hands. When I tell Peyton, "your at school with MaryAlice" he always smiles.I guess he loves it as much as we do. MaryAlice makes me feel so

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We love stepping stones daycare 9!! Everyday I leave my son with MaryAlice I know he is in good hands. When I tell Peyton, "your at school with MaryAlice" he always smiles.I guess he loves it as much as we do. MaryAlice makes me feel so

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Parents, if you care about your children please send them somewhere else! Like you, I did my internet research! I felt comforted seeing the 4 and 5 star ratings of Stepping Stones #9 BUT I have to tell you, they must pool their reviews with the other schools. My son was in the Ducklings infant room and it was sheer chaos...dirty, dirty, dirty, chaos! On his first day he went almost 8 hours on 3 oz of milk (he is over 13lbs!). Every time I picked him up he had a dirty diaper! I never saw the women in there wash their hands between feedings or clean the toys, or anything else (other than the changing table which should be a given!). I had to go a grab someone to tell them I had put my son down in his crib. And I guarantee I could have walked out of their with someone else's baby NO PROBLEM!

At the end of the day, I would look at his daily sheet to find out that he had been in his crib almost all day...no interaction :(

If you want me to make comparisons then you need to check out Bright Horizons! Prior to our first day, one of th teachers spent 1 hour doing an "intake process" with us to learn about our baby. They asked to hold him. And since starting there he has been on buggy rides, spent time outside with the teachers, done tummy time each day, played on the activity mats, been held and they haven taken the time to FEED HIM!
BH is a night and day difference. They CARE about my child instead of just "dealing with" him.

Please, think long and hard about what your want but PLEASE check out Bright Horizons before committing to Stepping Stones. Really!

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Parents, if you care about your children please send them somewhere else! Like you, I did my internet research! I felt comforted seeing the 4 and 5 star ratings of Stepping Stones #9 BUT I have to tell you, they must pool their reviews with the other schools. My son was in the Ducklings infant room and it was sheer chaos...dirty, dirty, dirty, chaos! On his first day he went almost 8 hours on 3 oz of milk (he is over 13lbs!). Every time I picked him up he had a dirty diaper! I never saw the women in there wash their hands between feedings or clean the toys, or anything else (other than the changing table which should be a given!). I had to go a grab someone to tell them I had put my son down in his crib. And I guarantee I could have walked out of their with someone else's baby NO PROBLEM!

At the end of the day, I would look at his daily sheet to find out that he had been in his crib almost all day...no interaction :(

If you want me to make comparisons then you need to check out Bright Horizons! Prior to our first day, one of th teachers spent 1 hour doing an "intake process" with us to learn about our baby. They asked to hold him. And since starting there he has been on buggy rides, spent time outside with the teachers, done tummy time each day, played on the activity mats, been held and they haven taken the time to FEED HIM!
BH is a night and day difference. They CARE about my child instead of just "dealing with" him.

Please, think long and hard about what your want but PLEASE check out Bright Horizons before committing to Stepping Stones. Really!

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Parents, if you care about your children please send them somewhere else! Like you, I did my internet research! I felt comforted seeing the 4 and 5 star ratings of Stepping Stones #9 BUT I have to tell you, they must pool their reviews

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Parents, if you care about your children please send them somewhere else! Like you, I did my internet research! I felt comforted seeing the 4 and 5 star ratings of Stepping Stones #9 BUT I have to tell you, they must pool their reviews

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Except from a couple of very good teachers like Cindy at the infant room and Ms. Robin at the Toddler room, the school has many dysfunctions including high teacher to child ratio, lack of respect of the already high ratio, many violations in terms of safety, hygiene and care. the manager is ineffective and lacks the management and discipline skills to run a childcare center.

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★☆☆☆☆

Except from a couple of very good teachers like Cindy at the infant room and Ms. Robin at the Toddler room, the school has many dysfunctions including high teacher to child ratio, lack of respect of the already high ratio, many violations in terms of safety, hygiene and care. the manager is ineffective and lacks the management and discipline skills to run a childcare center.

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Stepping Stone Shoal Creek was very disappointing. There were some very good teachers but there was high turnover and a high student-teacher ratio, making it somewhat chaotic so that our child did not get the individual attention that she needed, especially in the pre-toddler room. She received abundant love and attention in the baby room, although it wasn't that clean. In the pre-toddler room there were too many kids and we started to realize that she and the others were spending a lot of time just wandering aimlessly in circles inside or on the little playground. Too keep costs down (and profits up?) they continually regrouped the children to maintain the high ratio; we often picked her up from teachers who we didn' tknow and who didn't recognize us. The vaunted curriculum was largely over their heads, though she did learn some baby sign language in the infant room. We liked the daily detailed report sheets they wrote out and we liked the director Carrie who was switched out from one day to the next will no notice or explanation to parents. Both of our favorite teachers left. Everyone was very nice, they just seemed a bit overwhelmed. We didn't like that they gave snacks out 3 times a day, including cookies or crackers at 5 pm right before the dinner hour. Stepping Stone repeatedly gets rated best preschool or daycare in Austin because they collect votes from parents across their many schools and raffle off prizes for votes. We considered it unethical and refused to participate.

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★★☆☆☆

Stepping Stone Shoal Creek was very disappointing. There were some very good teachers but there was high turnover and a high student-teacher ratio, making it somewhat chaotic so that our child did not get the individual attention that she needed, especially in the pre-toddler room. She received abundant love and attention in the baby room, although it wasn't that clean. In the pre-toddler room there were too many kids and we started to realize that she and the others were spending a lot of time just wandering aimlessly in circles inside or on the little playground. Too keep costs down (and profits up?) they continually regrouped the children to maintain the high ratio; we often picked her up from teachers who we didn' tknow and who didn't recognize us. The vaunted curriculum was largely over their heads, though she did learn some baby sign language in the infant room. We liked the daily detailed report sheets they wrote out and we liked the director Carrie who was switched out from one day to the next will no notice or explanation to parents. Both of our favorite teachers left. Everyone was very nice, they just seemed a bit overwhelmed. We didn't like that they gave snacks out 3 times a day, including cookies or crackers at 5 pm right before the dinner hour. Stepping Stone repeatedly gets rated best preschool or daycare in Austin because they collect votes from parents across their many schools and raffle off prizes for votes. We considered it unethical and refused to participate.

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I tried to give two stars but only four and five were working so that I could submit this review. ;-) I hope that isn't because they are a sponser on this site! So I chose 4 even though I would not recommend this business.

As an ex-customer and ex-teacher at Stepping Stone, I personally think the owners of this "school" are masters at making their school look terrific when it is only average at best.

There are many problems with this business, but I will list just a few:

1.) Stability with Teachers:

Don't believe them when they say their "teachers" are well-educated/trained. They will max out each room with the most children legally allowed per adult, therefore the owners are more interested in profit margin than your child's education. They are absolutely unwilling to pay anything much over minimum wage to their "teachers". I actually had to argue that I was worth $6.00 an hour a few years ago and I came to the school with a decent resume. I would have loved to have taken advantage of their health insurance program, but I couldn't afford their plan because of my low pay. So much for benefits!

*The "teachers" are over-worked and under-payed, so there is a good chance there will not be stability for your child. Stability is crucial for a preschooler.

2.) Don't believe the Austin Reader's Poll. While I worked there the Director required each "teacher" to fill that out and personally came to each classroom to collect them at the end of the day. There wasn't a locked box or sealed envelope either, so as an employee you had to vote for the school whether you wanted to or not. Yes, it was intimidating and I didn't appreciate it. They also confronted parents at the door to ensure they could secure their vote, so they work hard behind the scenes to win that award every year! Hopefully someone will read this and change the way this poll has been unfairly hijacked.

3,) Although they mention NAEYC numerous times on their website, they are not accredited by NAEYC. That is because they take full advantage of Texas' Minimum Standards for Childcare, which is well-known to be one of the worst in America. The State of California has one of the best. Your child will be in a classroom that is maxed out with a teacher that this "school" doesn't believe is worth more than what they have to pay her legally.

There is more, however as an experienced teacher and parent who was once in your shoes, I cannot stress enough that my review or anyone else's should never be the determining factor as to where you place your child. What is important is that you do your homework and ask the right questions when considering a school. Always trust your instincts and never feel embarrassed or intimidated to make certain your child has the best possible environment you can afford.

The bottom line is whether you are seeking a true school or just someone to watch over your child, it all comes down to the personality and the quality of the skills of the person your child is interacting with each day. The rest is just icing on the cake!

4
★★★★☆

I tried to give two stars but only four and five were working so that I could submit this review. ;-) I hope that isn't because they are a sponser on this site! So I chose 4 even though I would not recommend this business.

As an ex-customer and ex-teacher at Stepping Stone, I personally think the owners of this "school" are masters at making their school look terrific when it is only average at best.

There are many problems with this business, but I will list just a few:

1.) Stability with Teachers:

Don't believe them when they say their "teachers" are well-educated/trained. They will max out each room with the most children legally allowed per adult, therefore the owners are more interested in profit margin than your child's education. They are absolutely unwilling to pay anything much over minimum wage to their "teachers". I actually had to argue that I was worth $6.00 an hour a few years ago and I came to the school with a decent resume. I would have loved to have taken advantage of their health insurance program, but I couldn't afford their plan because of my low pay. So much for benefits!

*The "teachers" are over-worked and under-payed, so there is a good chance there will not be stability for your child. Stability is crucial for a preschooler.

2.) Don't believe the Austin Reader's Poll. While I worked there the Director required each "teacher" to fill that out and personally came to each classroom to collect them at the end of the day. There wasn't a locked box or sealed envelope either, so as an employee you had to vote for the school whether you wanted to or not. Yes, it was intimidating and I didn't appreciate it. They also confronted parents at the door to ensure they could secure their vote, so they work hard behind the scenes to win that award every year! Hopefully someone will read this and change the way this poll has been unfairly hijacked.

3,) Although they mention NAEYC numerous times on their website, they are not accredited by NAEYC. That is because they take full advantage of Texas' Minimum Standards for Childcare, which is well-known to be one of the worst in America. The State of California has one of the best. Your child will be in a classroom that is maxed out with a teacher that this "school" doesn't believe is worth more than what they have to pay her legally.

There is more, however as an experienced teacher and parent who was once in your shoes, I cannot stress enough that my review or anyone else's should never be the determining factor as to where you place your child. What is important is that you do your homework and ask the right questions when considering a school. Always trust your instincts and never feel embarrassed or intimidated to make certain your child has the best possible environment you can afford.

The bottom line is whether you are seeking a true school or just someone to watch over your child, it all comes down to the personality and the quality of the skills of the person your child is interacting with each day. The rest is just icing on the cake!

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It is not surprising that Stepping Stone IX continues to have a revolving door for Directors and Assistant Directors. We joined Stepping Stone IX eight years ago when my youngest son was a few months old. It was highly recommended to us by friends because of the good care Miss Cindy Cerda provided to the babies in the baby room. She was so good with our children and she still continues to be the best teacher in the baby room. At that time in 2001 we were very lucky to have a Director that stayed for almost the entire time my oldest child was attending this location which was up to preschool. Afterwards it became a revolving door for Directors and every time there was a Director that seemed that they will stay they either left or got transferred to another location. I believe that in the past 5 years we have not had a Director that had stayed more than a year. Sometimes it feels that this is the training center and once Directors are trained they get moved to other locations. In the summer of 2008 we finally thought there was hope when Carrie came in as a Director and Ms. Belia was the Assistant Director. You could see the changes that were happening in the school. The teachers were happy. The rooms were staffed and there were always supplies available. We thought this was good. It was not even a year in May 2009 when the Director got transferred to a new location and a new Director came in. It was also very sad to know that after 13 years of Ms. Belia??s dedication to this school she got transferred to handle the supplies for Stepping Stone schools at the Parmer lane location and filling in as Assistant Director where needed. This is a big loss for Stepping Stone lX. She knew the families and always went an extra mile to assist us in every way that she could. She truly cared that we were happy with the service that we were given. It doesn??t seem the same anymore without her. The warm welcome is not there anymore. You can tell she is missed by the children and the teachers. I just wanted to thank Ms. Belia for her dedication to the children of Stepping Stone lX for so many years and we truly will miss her.
I also want to give thanks to a core of teachers that have been part of Stepping stone lX for many years: Ms. Nita, Ms. Maria, Ms. Katie, Ms. Robyn and of course Ms. Cindy. It is because of all of them that we stayed for so many years at Stepping Stone lX and survived the continuous administrative changes at this location. I appreciate their dedication, patience and continuous care that they provided to our children.

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★★★☆☆

It is not surprising that Stepping Stone IX continues to have a revolving door for Directors and Assistant Directors. We joined Stepping Stone IX eight years ago when my youngest son was a few months old. It was highly recommended to us by friends because of the good care Miss Cindy Cerda provided to the babies in the baby room. She was so good with our children and she still continues to be the best teacher in the baby room. At that time in 2001 we were very lucky to have a Director that stayed for almost the entire time my oldest child was attending this location which was up to preschool. Afterwards it became a revolving door for Directors and every time there was a Director that seemed that they will stay they either left or got transferred to another location. I believe that in the past 5 years we have not had a Director that had stayed more than a year. Sometimes it feels that this is the training center and once Directors are trained they get moved to other locations. In the summer of 2008 we finally thought there was hope when Carrie came in as a Director and Ms. Belia was the Assistant Director. You could see the changes that were happening in the school. The teachers were happy. The rooms were staffed and there were always supplies available. We thought this was good. It was not even a year in May 2009 when the Director got transferred to a new location and a new Director came in. It was also very sad to know that after 13 years of Ms. Belia??s dedication to this school she got transferred to handle the supplies for Stepping Stone schools at the Parmer lane location and filling in as Assistant Director where needed. This is a big loss for Stepping Stone lX. She knew the families and always went an extra mile to assist us in every way that she could. She truly cared that we were happy with the service that we were given. It doesn??t seem the same anymore without her. The warm welcome is not there anymore. You can tell she is missed by the children and the teachers. I just wanted to thank Ms. Belia for her dedication to the children of Stepping Stone lX for so many years and we truly will miss her.
I also want to give thanks to a core of teachers that have been part of Stepping stone lX for many years: Ms. Nita, Ms. Maria, Ms. Katie, Ms. Robyn and of course Ms. Cindy. It is because of all of them that we stayed for so many years at Stepping Stone lX and survived the continuous administrative changes at this location. I appreciate their dedication, patience and continuous care that they provided to our children.

Pros: Affordable, caring teachers

Cons: Administrative staff gets moved to other locations

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The Stepping Stone School on Shoal Creek has been wonderful! It is well organized and I feel very safe to have my child attend this school. Every time I enter the school I am greeted with smiles and the sounds of children's laughter. It is very reassuring to know that my child is having fun while I am away. The teachers and directors are very attentive to the children which put my worries to ease!

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★★★★★

The Stepping Stone School on Shoal Creek has been wonderful! It is well organized and I feel very safe to have my child attend this school. Every time I enter the school I am greeted with smiles and the sounds of children's laughter. It is very reassuring to know that my child is having fun while I am away. The teachers and directors are very attentive to the children which put my worries to ease!

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Both my sons have attended Stepping Stone for their whole little lives. We've been very happy at the Shoal Creek location, and I have no doubt that will continue.

I adore my kids' teachers, and am amazed at the things they are learning. Can your child count in Japanese? Mine almost does! :)

Great service, loving teachers, happy mom and kids!

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★★★★★

Both my sons have attended Stepping Stone for their whole little lives. We've been very happy at the Shoal Creek location, and I have no doubt that will continue.

I adore my kids' teachers, and am amazed at the things they are learning. Can your child count in Japanese? Mine almost does! :)

Great service, loving teachers, happy mom and kids!

Pros: great price for great service

Cons: none

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My nieces attend Stepping stones on Shoal Creek and absolutely love it there. I attended the graduation they had there and was so impressed. All of the children were happy and enjoying themselves and the teachers all knew the children by name and were playing with them. During the graduation, the director made a speech and it was great to see how much she cared for all of the children and the school. It was a really special ceremony.
My nieces always tell me the stories of the day and show me their art projects. Seeing the excitement in their faces shows how much they enjoy going to this school.

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★★★★★

My nieces attend Stepping stones on Shoal Creek and absolutely love it there. I attended the graduation they had there and was so impressed. All of the children were happy and enjoying themselves and the teachers all knew the children by name and were playing with them. During the graduation, the director made a speech and it was great to see how much she cared for all of the children and the school. It was a really special ceremony.
My nieces always tell me the stories of the day and show me their art projects. Seeing the excitement in their faces shows how much they enjoy going to this school.

Pros: Great teachers, loving, nurturing environment, kids love it

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I occasionally pick up my grandchildren from Stepping Stones School on Shoal Creek. Each time I am greeted with a smile and greeting. They help me find the correct room and lead the way. The children are always involved in an activity and happy. I hear about their field trips, snacks and friends on the way home.
Childcare is non-stop and long hours. I commend the Director and her staff for maintaining such great attitudes and the loving care they give the children.

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★★★★★

I occasionally pick up my grandchildren from Stepping Stones School on Shoal Creek. Each time I am greeted with a smile and greeting. They help me find the correct room and lead the way. The children are always involved in an activity and happy. I hear about their field trips, snacks and friends on the way home.
Childcare is non-stop and long hours. I commend the Director and her staff for maintaining such great attitudes and the loving care they give the children.

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I myself attended Stepping Stones as a child after school and sometimes during the summer and always had great experiences. My nieces now attend the school off of Shoal Creek and love it just as much. I recently attended their graduation and really enjoyed the ceremony. 2 Thumbs up for Stepping Stones.

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★★★★★

I myself attended Stepping Stones as a child after school and sometimes during the summer and always had great experiences. My nieces now attend the school off of Shoal Creek and love it just as much. I recently attended their graduation and really enjoyed the ceremony. 2 Thumbs up for Stepping Stones.

Pros: great instructors, plenty of activities

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My husband and I have recently enrolled our 7 month daughter in Stepping Stone School. It was my frst time to leave my daughter and I was extremely nervous. The teachers and administrators have gone out of their way to make this transition an easy one. They have met with my husband and I many times, we visited on several occasions, we were always greeted with smiles. We were welcomed into the classrooms and invited to stay. Other families were also kind and had good things to say about their teachers. The first day we left our baby we recieved a phone call from the administraton and our teacher letting us know how she was doing. We also were sent pictures of her first week in her new class. The teachers are constantly singing, talking to the other infants, and smiling! I occasionally pop over to see my daughter during the work day - and the classroom is always cheerful and calm. I am confident she is in good hands - and so pleased with our descion to have her here.

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★★★★★

My husband and I have recently enrolled our 7 month daughter in Stepping Stone School. It was my frst time to leave my daughter and I was extremely nervous. The teachers and administrators have gone out of their way to make this transition an easy one. They have met with my husband and I many times, we visited on several occasions, we were always greeted with smiles. We were welcomed into the classrooms and invited to stay. Other families were also kind and had good things to say about their teachers. The first day we left our baby we recieved a phone call from the administraton and our teacher letting us know how she was doing. We also were sent pictures of her first week in her new class. The teachers are constantly singing, talking to the other infants, and smiling! I occasionally pop over to see my daughter during the work day - and the classroom is always cheerful and calm. I am confident she is in good hands - and so pleased with our descion to have her here.

Pros: Attention to detail, loving teachers, Family environment

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I'd have to describe these schools as largely average. I believe in giving due credit, and there ARE fabulous teachers here who provide excellent care and whose charges truly love the time they spend at school! BUT, they have just as many problems as any other childcare out there; high turnover, inattentive teachers, teachers who are harsh/rude/ignore children (and sometimes parents, as well), minimal curriculum implementation (posted lesson plans are often completely ignored by the teachers), little tolerance for children who cry a lot, general neutrality (and even dislike) toward the children of "pain-in-the-behind" parents, just to name a few! This is partially due to the universal childcare catch-22 of not being able to attract (or retain) the best qualified candidates, but they also have their priorities all backward, sideways, and inside out. If you are lucky enough to have a truly open & mutually trusting relationship with your child's teacher (although, of course, they don't want teachers to tell parents the real deal, they're supposed to put up a good front for the parents), you will know how seldom teachers' needs are met (or even listened to) - these ladies are the epitome of "overworked and underpaid". The best teachers usually bail out ASAP for better jobs - and not just better paying, they want jobs where they are valued as employees. The schools are severly lacking in integrity, as well; if there is a problem, they DO try to resolve it, however, they do not want to lose your business, so even if what you or your child wants or needs is totally and completely impractical and puts stress on the other children and teachers, they will not set any limits for the good of the class or the school as a whole. I'm willing to admit that the things said by the other reviewers on this website are true indeed; I'm sure that these families' wonderful experiences are accurate, but BTW, just FYI, reviews 3-5 were written by Stepping Stone School employees.

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★★★☆☆

I'd have to describe these schools as largely average. I believe in giving due credit, and there ARE fabulous teachers here who provide excellent care and whose charges truly love the time they spend at school! BUT, they have just as many problems as any other childcare out there; high turnover, inattentive teachers, teachers who are harsh/rude/ignore children (and sometimes parents, as well), minimal curriculum implementation (posted lesson plans are often completely ignored by the teachers), little tolerance for children who cry a lot, general neutrality (and even dislike) toward the children of "pain-in-the-behind" parents, just to name a few! This is partially due to the universal childcare catch-22 of not being able to attract (or retain) the best qualified candidates, but they also have their priorities all backward, sideways, and inside out. If you are lucky enough to have a truly open & mutually trusting relationship with your child's teacher (although, of course, they don't want teachers to tell parents the real deal, they're supposed to put up a good front for the parents), you will know how seldom teachers' needs are met (or even listened to) - these ladies are the epitome of "overworked and underpaid". The best teachers usually bail out ASAP for better jobs - and not just better paying, they want jobs where they are valued as employees. The schools are severly lacking in integrity, as well; if there is a problem, they DO try to resolve it, however, they do not want to lose your business, so even if what you or your child wants or needs is totally and completely impractical and puts stress on the other children and teachers, they will not set any limits for the good of the class or the school as a whole. I'm willing to admit that the things said by the other reviewers on this website are true indeed; I'm sure that these families' wonderful experiences are accurate, but BTW, just FYI, reviews 3-5 were written by Stepping Stone School employees.

Pros: convenient locations, reasonable prices, nurturance, education, loving teachers

Cons: the "nurturance, education, loving teachers" part is kinda hit-or-miss

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My wife and I (as well as my children) love Stepping Stone School, not only for its educational aspect, but for fostering creativity and compassion. My son and daughter both go to Stepping Stone on Shoal Creek and love going to school everyday (how many parents can say that?!?). Their teachers have a genuine interest in them and often ask us how they can help further any goals we might have for them (potty, reading, dancing, etc.).

When we walk in, everyone has a smile and a warm welcome for our kids and it feels like they all play a part in my children's success. They have a multitude of opportunities for additional development such as music, computer lab, and (my two-year-old daughter's favorite) dance. I can't wait for her first recital.

It is about average in terms of cost, but you truly receive a lot extra vs. other schools. My wife and I checked out several before deciding on Stepping Stone. We just felt the most comfortable in terms of out children's safety, education and creative experience.

I would happily and definitely recommend this facility to anyone looking for the best childcare experience.

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★★★★★

My wife and I (as well as my children) love Stepping Stone School, not only for its educational aspect, but for fostering creativity and compassion. My son and daughter both go to Stepping Stone on Shoal Creek and love going to school everyday (how many parents can say that?!?). Their teachers have a genuine interest in them and often ask us how they can help further any goals we might have for them (potty, reading, dancing, etc.).

When we walk in, everyone has a smile and a warm welcome for our kids and it feels like they all play a part in my children's success. They have a multitude of opportunities for additional development such as music, computer lab, and (my two-year-old daughter's favorite) dance. I can't wait for her first recital.

It is about average in terms of cost, but you truly receive a lot extra vs. other schools. My wife and I checked out several before deciding on Stepping Stone. We just felt the most comfortable in terms of out children's safety, education and creative experience.

I would happily and definitely recommend this facility to anyone looking for the best childcare experience.

Pros: Quality teachers, activities, service

Cons: None

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My son attends this school and loves it! Even though he's an infant he enjoys interacting with all the other children and his teachers. He enjoys watching the children swim outside of his classroom and knew just how to "swim" when he went for the first time. I am confident he is safe and well loved while he is away from me and I think it's the best value for the money spent that one can dream of in this day and age.

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★★★★★

My son attends this school and loves it! Even though he's an infant he enjoys interacting with all the other children and his teachers. He enjoys watching the children swim outside of his classroom and knew just how to "swim" when he went for the first time. I am confident he is safe and well loved while he is away from me and I think it's the best value for the money spent that one can dream of in this day and age.

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Searching for infant and pre-k child care at the same time is a very hard thing to do for any working mother. After several visits to other child care centers, the warmth and hospitality of Stepping Stone stood out among all others. What really locked me in was the how this program is run. Everyone there displays such great care and knowledge with my children every day. My infant LOVES her teachers and they are amazing at explaining all of the developmental leaps and bounds she takes every day, and my pre-k son is always showing and explaining all the games they play in his class...I don't think he even realizes that they are all learning games that are teaching him to read and write! He is more prepared for Kindergarten than I ever could have hoped. They really are a mother's dream come true!

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★★★★★

Searching for infant and pre-k child care at the same time is a very hard thing to do for any working mother. After several visits to other child care centers, the warmth and hospitality of Stepping Stone stood out among all others. What really locked me in was the how this program is run. Everyone there displays such great care and knowledge with my children every day. My infant LOVES her teachers and they are amazing at explaining all of the developmental leaps and bounds she takes every day, and my pre-k son is always showing and explaining all the games they play in his class...I don't think he even realizes that they are all learning games that are teaching him to read and write! He is more prepared for Kindergarten than I ever could have hoped. They really are a mother's dream come true!

Pros: Loving, knowledgable teachers, accredited program, curriculum, service, low tuition

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My niece comes to visit me during the summer and attends the Stepping Stone School on Shoal Creek during her stay. Every time I pick her up she does not want to leave. On our ride home she fills my ears full of all the activities she has done that day. During her last visit I asked her at the end of the week if she was ready to return home to see her mom and she said ?No, absolutely not, I don?t want to leave my friends at stepping stone. I have more fun here than at my school at home, but please don?t tell my teacher at home she would be sad. I am going to stay with you all summer! We can call mommy tonight and let her know.? Nothing brings me more joy than spending time with my niece, but I find great comfort in knowing she is learning and having fun at Stepping Stone School when I am at the office. I strongly suggest Stepping Stone School to any of you out there looking for a quality school for your child.

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★★★★★

My niece comes to visit me during the summer and attends the Stepping Stone School on Shoal Creek during her stay. Every time I pick her up she does not want to leave. On our ride home she fills my ears full of all the activities she has done that day. During her last visit I asked her at the end of the week if she was ready to return home to see her mom and she said ?No, absolutely not, I don?t want to leave my friends at stepping stone. I have more fun here than at my school at home, but please don?t tell my teacher at home she would be sad. I am going to stay with you all summer! We can call mommy tonight and let her know.? Nothing brings me more joy than spending time with my niece, but I find great comfort in knowing she is learning and having fun at Stepping Stone School when I am at the office. I strongly suggest Stepping Stone School to any of you out there looking for a quality school for your child.

Pros: Two thumps up, Child preferred

More about Stepping Stone School - Shoal Creek/Domain

β?’ Infant & toddler care β?’ Preschool β?’ Kindergarten Readiness Academy β?’ Before- and after-school care β?’ Transportation to & from local elementary schools β?’ Enrichments including Dance, Martial Arts, Music β?’ Summer Adventure Camp

 

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