“When I think of the perfect daycare, a safe and caring place that my sweet baby can be (when she is not with me), Stepping Stones is that place. Stepping Stones goes the extra mile with creative, constructive activities, daily outdoor play (when weather allows), great organic healthy meals, music, toys, and smart, warm caregivers who give parents baby updates throughout the day. Our child has been a “student” at Stepping Stones since she was just about 3 months old. She is now 18 months old. She is very excited to go to “school” and see Vici, Sam and Amy each day, and talks about them all the time when she is away. She learns new things everyday at Stepping Stones and is always eager to share these new skills/ideas. As a family we have all benefited from Stepping Stones’ great care and our child has greatly benefited from all the unique social, artistic, musical, dining experiences that Vici plans each month to keep great variety for the kids. I just wish she could stay at Stepping Stones through high school!” T.M.
“My oldest has attended Stepping Stones since the day it opened, and now my younger child attends as well. The staff facilitates regular outdoor play, understands the importance of pretend play and process art, and has a deep knowledge of child development. My children enjoy learning in a relaxed environment. Despite this low pressure approach, we have seen notable academic progress. Last fall my 3 year old could not write his name and by December was writing full sentences. The teachers encourage signing in and offer a writing center, but since they don’t pressure children, they instill a curiosity and love of learning. A lot of learning happens outdoors in their certified Nature Explore Playground. What a treasure for children in the city, to be able to play in a garden twice a day! My children love their friends and teachers at Stepping Stones. The teachers go out of their way to build positive relationships with kids and to see the best in each child. As an educator myself, I highly recommend Stepping Stones.” M.C.
“Vici has been the provider of our child’s daycare for over 2 years and we are grateful to Vici for the care and attention she has always given our son. Vici is both nurturing and firm and we have seen this in how calm her classroom feels and how happy our son is to go to school each morning. She sets clear limits with the children, but also makes sure that they learn the appropriate way to get their needs met. She has a creative approach to teaching and builds off each child’s natural abilities to ensure they are learning at their own pace and developing their unique talents. As a social worker and former preschool teacher, I had very high standards for the place to which I would send my own child. Vici has exceeded these expectations. As a working parent, it is so important that you can trust who you leave your child with each day. Vici has built this trust and I can see how much she cares for my son as well as the other children in her program.” M.P.
“Stepping Stones is a wonderful place! My 2-year-old has been attending part-time for the past 3 months and absolutely loves every day she spends there. Vici and her staff provide a supportive and fun environment and I know my daughter gets as much attention as she needs. The projects and activities the kids do are fantastic and I am always impressed with Vici’s healthy yet kid-appealing menus. The decor and general “look” inside are great too – lots of nice wooden toys and furniture with a modern feel. I really can’t say enough good things about this place!” B.S.”
“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.
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