about us

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Our highly trained, professional staff far exceeds the state requirements for education. All lead teachers hold a minimum of a Bachelors Degree. We are committed to Early Childhood and acknowledge the significance of consistency and stability in the lives of these very young children, staying with them for the three years they may be with us.

FACULTY

Karen Wilson
Director/Teacher
Kristen Wilson
Teacher
Carmen Abdullah
Assistant
Joan Virga
Music Instruction
Rose Lemay
Kindermusik
Nancy Flood
Office Manager

As well as working directly with your children, each of us takes an active part behind the scenes of the school.

LOW PUPIL/TEACHER RATIO

The curriculum at Stepping Stones is designed to meet the needs of the children as a whole; yet accommodates each and every child as an individual. This is made possible by an exceptionally low pupil to teacher ratio. Class size is limited to 18 children with a certified teacher and two full time assistants. Parents volunteering in class are considered an additional pair of hands and are not counted in our 6-1 ratio.

EXCITING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Stepping Stones School strives to provide an exciting, developmentally appropiate learning environment for children between the ages of three and six years. We encourage play, discovery, and problem solving that are vital to the development of every child.
Music and interactive storytelling experiences are provided on a weekly basis to foster creativity, another important skill for future achievement.
Children are accepted into our classes according to their birth date. All children must be three, four, or five years old by September 30th to qualify for each of our respective programs. These dates are arbitrarily set by the state of New Hampshire public schools system.

CHILD-CENTERED CURRICULUM

Teachers help engage our children in a way that makes learning both challenging and fun. They are encouraged to take an active part in their own learning process. We provide a child-centered developmentally appropiate curriculum which stimulates intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth. We believe each of these plays an equally important role for future academic and social success.

FIELD TRIPS AND GUEST SPEAKERS

Field trips and guest speakers are an important extension of our curriculum. The 4's, enrichment and kindergarten classes have a theme related trip and/or guest speaker at least once a month. Recent trips include a variety of museums, theatrical performances, nature experiences and the Big Apple Circus. Guests include potters, weavers and wildlife educators.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

Parents are an integral part of our program. They have been their child's first teacher and we have a tremendous respect for them. Our Preschool and Kindergarten seek to be an extension of your family. We encourage our parents to actively participate in their child's class. Our teachers are available as a resource for information and seek to maintain a relationship with you.