About Us

 

History

Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, formally the VA Child Care Center, believes that a quality child care center should be family centered, representing a cooperative effort by parents and teachers to provide a stimulating learning environment. We became accredited in 1999 with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

We are fully licensed by the Department of Human Services, receiving the Gold Star Award in 2000.

The VA Child Care Center opened its doors in July 1982 and Stepping Stones Early Learning Center will continue its commitment to providing quality child care. We believe that children are our future and deserve the best that we can give them to get them a “step up”.

Head teachers hold bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Development or a related field. Teacher’s Aides must have a high school diploma and many have an associate degree or child development degree. All staff members receive continuous on-site training as well as attending workshops and conferences. Staff implements a child-centered, hands-on, developmentally appropriate classroom environment that challenges them to be successful in kindergarten.




Mission Statement

Stepping Stones Early Learning Center believes that every infant and child deserves the opportunity to experience a quality education in a safe and creative loving environment.




Vision Statement

Philosophy

Stepping Stones Early Learning Center keeps the child in mind when establishing goals and philosophy. Children have the right to safe, creative and enjoyable child care, just as parents have the right to quality, affordable and accessible child care arrangements. Our program has a child-centered curriculum, providing developmentally appropriate practices. Our philosophy promotes “the whole child”, by helping him/her develop and grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively through organized developmental activities.



Goals

Underlying our program are four basic goals for the children:

  • Provide a warm, accepting and understanding atmosphere in which children develop confidence and a positive self-image.
  • Encourage and promote independence by allowing the children to make their own choices and help them become responsible for their actions.
  • Provide opportunities that enable children to socialize in a group atmosphere, interact with peers and adults and master conflicts and challenges.
  • Provide a stimulating environment where children can learn by doing, develop their own interests, and discover the joy of learning about themselves and their environment.

Goals for Parents:

  • To provide opportunities to meet and work with other parents and teachers who have as their common concern the interest and needs of the child.
  • To provide care of the child while the parent pursues their own work or other interests.

For the Employer:

  • To contribute to the wholesome growth and development of the future citizens of the community.
  • To reduce the cost of absenteeism and turnover.
  • To aid in the recruitment of staff.
  • To improve employee relations.


“In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
            1400 Independence Avenue, SW
            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

 





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