Stepping Stones Learning Center’s classroom programs provide a unique learning environment for children with and without special needs. Of prime importance is the match of values and goals between families and staff. We are striving for an acceptance of diversity and learning variances for children and adults participating in the program. Positive adult relationships, along with rewarding experiences for children and low adult to child ratios (below state requirements) provide for a well-rounded program.
It is our belief that this program will instill values, encourage enthusiasm and creativity and strengthen socialization while children are engaged in the activities and routines of a stimulating classroom. Enrichment activities including music and rhythm, creative art and dramatic play, encourage active exploration of the environment from the youngest crawling across the floor to the oldest investigating the world around him. We promote curiosity, individual interests, creativity, and the development of self-esteem. The child’s ability to be a competent individual, increasingly independent in action and thought is the overall objective.
In conclusion, Stepping Stones Learning Center’s philosophy is to provide the finest possible environment for the safe, healthy development of young children. Our highest priority is on the development of self-esteem, confidence, and a love of learning.
What are the Program Goals?
- To provide a safe and nurturing environment.
- To be an effective early childhood program which is developmentally appropriate, child-centered, comprehensive, individualized and family-focused.
- To facilitate children having fun while learning to play with their peers.
- To stimulate the talents, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of all.
- To respect and support all children in the context of their family, culture, and developmental needs.
- To be flexible and individualized when planning for communication, cognitive, adaptive, motor and social needs of children.
- To help children grow in curiosity, creative thinking and decision making.
Classroom Program Descriptions
Tender Loving Care "TLC" - Parent/Child Group
- Integrated play group providing opportunities to participate in planned developmentally appropriate activities for caregiver and child.
- For children 15 months to 3 years old with or without special needs who participate with a caregiver.
- Taught by a dually certified special education teacher with an assistant. A speech pathologist, music therapist, and social worker also provide support for the child and caregiver.
- Excellent introduction to establishing peer relationships before a child enters a formal classroom enviornment.
- Activities to promote secure attachments and relationships are of prime importance.
- Individual speech therapy, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy also available if need is determined.
- Integrated toddler classroom providing developmentally appropriate activities to reflect the interest of the whole child and develop his/her social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
- For children 2 to 3 years old with or without special needs.
- 18 children maximum.
- Taught by a special education teacher with an assistant; speech pathologist also provides support.
- Parent involvement integral to child's overall improvement -- parents encouraged to be part of center-wide parent activities and may be asked to be parent helpers on as-needed basis.
- Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and special education services also available on small group or individual basis if need is determined.
Enhanced Group through Early Intervention System
- For children 24 months to 3 years old with developmental challenges who require significant time and attention from adults and has approval from Department of Health to receive services.
- 12 children maximum.
- Taught by special education teacher with assistant and speech pathologist.
- Classroom environment utilized for therapy as a natural setting for speech and language development and for more consistent generalization of emerging skills.
- Occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work and nursing also available if need is determined.
- Socialization with non-disabled peers through activities, center-wide functions, and outside play.
Preschool Integrated Classrooms
- These classrooms provide a challenging environment with supportive teachers who understand and facilitate the learning process in social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
- A child-centered curriculum built upon observing and understanding each child's individual skill and interest level allows for each child's unique pattern and pace of growth, personality, learning style and family background.
- For children 3 to 5 years old with or without special needs.
- 18 children maximum.
- Taught by special education teacher and early childhood teacher with assistant; speech therapist also provides support.
- Parents encouraged to be part of center-wide activities and training programs.
- Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and other support services are available when need is determined.
SSLC Sites within the Rochester Community
Stepping Stones Learning Center's (SSLC) vision is "to be the advocate and leader in the development of inclusionary services for all children of all ages and backgrounds through the design of programs that meet the child's ever changing needs." This vision has driven us to grow as an organization and to build increased numbers of collaborative relationships in the community. Below is a listing of sites where SSLC provides classroom and clinic services.
Colebrook Drive, Irondequoit, NY
SSLC's Colebrook Drive is the organization's main site and houses nine early childhood classrooms and four clinic spaces.
Classroom programs include:
- Full Day Special Class
- Half Day Special Class
- Integrated Special Class
- Rochester City School District Universal Pre-K Program
Clinic Services available include:
- Applied Behavior Analysis Services
- SCERTS services
- Special Education Itinerant Services
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Psychologist services
- Social Work services
- Multidisciplinary Evaluations are also conducted at this site.
Family Resource Center Peter Castle Site, Rochester, NY
At this Hillside Family of Agencies' site, SSLC operates an Integrated Special Class in collaboration with a Rochester City School District Universal Pre-K classroom. In addition to his collaborative preschool classroom, Family Resource Center also offers additional early childhood classroom programs and parent education and family support programs to the local community. SSLC can also provide clinic services at this site.
Care-A-Lot Childcare Long Pond Road, Greece, NY
Care-A-Lot, Rochester's Top 100 Businesses of 2010, is a highly reputable childcare organization that has several sites in Monroe and Ontario County. The site on Long Pond Road is beautifully built with many special features such as a gorgeous outdoor play space and a full kitchen with a chef. At this site SSLC operates an Integrated Special Class with children attending this high quality childcare program. SSLC is able to provide a variety of clinic services at this site as well.
Springdale Farms Colby Road, Spencerport, NY
SSLC operates an Integrated Special Class at Springdale Farm where the children can benefit from this premier agricultural education facility. While housed in Springdale Farm's visitor center, the participating children can easily access the farm's gardens, duck pond, barns, pastures, and nature trails for recreational or educational purposes. SSLC will insert preschool education best practice knowledge and expertise into the fresh air, farm environment creating a rich early childhood program that can also be used as a training, work, or recreational environment for Heritage Christian Services clients.