About Us

Founded in 1985, Stepping Stone Education Center is a nonprofit organization offering a variety of programs that provide an educational foundation for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years.

  • Infant Care and Toddler Programs
  • Preschool Classes, part-time and full time, using a curriculum-based learning environment consistent with the Phoenixville Area School District for Kindergarten readiness.
  • Before and after school care for school-age children
  • Summer Camp
  • Family Events and Monthly “Nights Out”
  • Special programs and holiday celebrations

 

Preparing Preschoolers for Life … One Step at a Time

 

Our Mission is to provide an affordable, quality, early childhood education that prepares children for successful academic experiences, in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment. Our programs help children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically while also providing support and stability for families.

Our Vision is for Stepping Stone’s programs to be available for every child who needs us, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, and that every child who attends the Center is provided a firm, rich foundation from which to flourish and grow.Keystone STARS logo

We are a member of Keystone Stars, a state-wide initiative to improve and support quality early learning programs in Pennsylvania. We are extremely proud to have achieved the maximum Star 4 level! Our teachers are professional educators whose training and credentials meet or exceed state standards and requirements.

 


We are so thankful to have a safe, loving environment where our daughter can grow and learn. The teachers care deeply about each child and it shows, because the children love them back! Our family enjoys being involved in all the fun activities Stepping Stone organizes.

I always tell people how professional Stepping Stone is and that I feel my child is in a safe learning environment. We love the activities and fun themes that the children are involved in. It is hard to be away from your child all day, but it makes it a lot easier knowing my child is in a school where the teachers care so much about the children. 


Funding Sources

  • 30% of our families receive tuition assistance through the Chester County Department of Human Services.
  • 70% pay full tuition or receive partial assistance through our scholarship fund.
  • Contributions from caring individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations help to bridge the gap between the cost of providing top quality education and care and the reimbursements we receive. For all of our generous contributors, please see Our Family page. 

 

More About the Center

Stepping Stone Education Center provides an affordable, quality, early childhood education that prepares children for successful academic experiences, in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment.  Our programs help children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically while also providing support and stability for families.

 

Our Space

We have an open and spacious great hall with skylights to provide plenty of space and natural light for indoor play time, along with an outdoor space for extended play. All our classrooms are equipped with up to date amenities and include developmental features for kids of all ages. We have a keypad security system to help provide safety and security for our children, their families, and the staff.

 

Our History

The Stepping Stone Education Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created in 1985 as an after school program for school age children in the Phoenixville area. In 1987 preschool classes for three, four and five year olds were added. From 1994 until 2008, SSEC concentrated solely on educating preschool children. In September of 2008, SSEC took a leap of faith and created a new school at Franklin Commons. This new building allowed the expansion of programs to include fulltime preschool for three, four and five year olds, a Kindergarten Enrichment class, a Summer Camp for preschoolers and school age children and an After School program for elementary age students. To provide the best opportunities for the children and their families, SSEC works closely with the Phoenixville Area School District, Chester County Intermediate unit, Center for the Arts and Technology, Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation. In the past thirty years, over 1000 children have experienced a unique preschool education with SSEC!