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Stepping Stones Preschool

30605 Avenida De Las Flore
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

(949) 709-5219


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers make time with children individually as well as small groups to address their needs and skills.
We also work closely with parents in finding resources that address their child's needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Stepping Stones Preschool offers a balanced program introducing skills and concepts through a hands-on, developmental approach in a loving, Christian environment. Our goal is to create a strong foundation of skills by nurturing a child's curiousity while incorporating individual strenths and differences.

A Typical Day

8:30 Arrival, table top activities
8:45 Circle time
9:00 Teacher directed & free choice
10:00 Clean-up, snack preparation
10:15 Snack time
10:45 Outside play
11:30 Return to class, music, story
12:00 Dismissal

Optional and available daily

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Bunch
1:00 - 2:00 Stay & Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At Stepping Stones we communicate with parents through weekly and monthly newsletters, daily communication boards and verbal updates.

Each fall we conduct Parent conferences to share the strengths and growth areas of each child. At this time we offer sugestions for parent to try at home in addition to setting goals.

Teachers are available for additional conferences at the parent's request throughout the school year. We suggest and assist parents in finding appropriate resources including testing, therapies and parenting classes.

Each spring an assement of each child is done informing parents on the progress of their child's skills and abilities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on