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Empowering children to be…
to be leaders, innovators, thinkers, imagineers, creators, philosophers & poets!

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Stepping Stones is a year-round nursery school & preschool in Chicago with and emphasis on outdoor learning. Locations in Logan Square and Lincoln Square (coming soon).

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It is our daily mission to connect children with the magic of nature, and nourish a lifelong appreciation and love of the outdoors — even with our littlest ones!

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We develop authentic relationships with the children and are observant of their development and needs within a beautiful, sensitively organized environment.

Meet our teachers

“My son has attended stepping stones nursery school since January of 2013 when he was 3 months old. Vici Hilton is an exceptionally caring and professional child care provider with a vision of play based learning in a safe, loving environment. Vici is trustworthy and dedicated and has selected staff that are exceptional to work with our children. We have been on the waiting list for more than 18 months to send our second child to stepping stones and wouldn’t think of sending our children anywhere else. I fully recommend Vici as a child care provider.”

– C.L, parent

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