Here at Charleston Stepping Stones we have 6 classrooms in which children from 6 weeks through 12 years are able to grow and develop. We strive to make the most comfortable environment for you and your child. We understand how hard it is for parents to find that special place for their child while they are at work or school and here at Stepping Stones, we do all that we can to make this a home away from home for you and your child.
Our infant room cares for children from six weeks to about 1 year of age. There is a ratio in this room of 1 teacher for every 4 babies. Each infant has their own cubby space for their bottles and nutritional needs, there is also a cubby for each child to hold their diapering belongings. There is also eight cribs in order for each child to have their own sleeping area, where sheets are changed twice a week for cleanliness.
At the Charleston Stepping Stones our Two Year Old Classroom has the ability of enrolling 8 children from the age of two till around their third birthday. The two year old classroom has a ratio of 1 teacher for every 8 students. There is usually one teacher in this classroom who helps the children by guiding them through their play in order for them to grow and develop. This room helps the children with beginning to recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. All of this is done through daily play and art. By talking about these subjects and pointing them out to the students we feel they have a better understanding of the world around them. This room is equipped with it's own restroom in order for the children to start being potty trained. The children are able to use the bathroom throughout the day with teacher assistant in order to make the transition from diapers more smooth. The children in this classroom will continue to use their cubby cot for nap time.
Around the age of 15 months children start to transition into our toddler room. Our toddler room is for children 15 months of age to 2 years. This room has a ratio of 1 teacher for every 5 students. Our toddler room is filled with activities and toys for the children to use throughout their learning process. This room is very hands on and learning very rapidly. The teachers are wonderful about sitting down with the children and helping them expand on their play. The children use our two year old door that leads to the playground where children spend at least one hour each day, weather permitting, outdoors. There is a bathroom in this classroom that adjoins the Toddler Classroom and the Two Year Old Classroom. The children will begin their potty training, if so desired, in this classroom. The children in this room also, each have a cot that they sleep on, along with their cot each child will purchase a Cubby Cot that will stay with the child throughout their stay here at Stepping Stones.
Preschool is one of the most important times in a child's life. During preschool children learn to self regulate themselves and begin to understand that learning can be fun! With this in mind we base our curriculum around play, in order to create the best possible learning environment for each child. In This Classroom there is around 20 children and 2 teachers. This will be the last classroom for children before they enter kindergarten. With this being said there is a little more expected from each child and they are more in charge of how their day will be run. The children will begin writing and recognizing their letters in this room. We hope that the children will be able to write their name and recognize most of their letters when leaving the classroom. But, most of all we think that it is important for a preschooler to learn boundaries and how to make good decisions.
When a child begins kindergarten they will be moved to our School Age Classroom. This room is for children from the age of 5 until their 12th birthday. We offer before and after school bus service for children attending Mark Twain, Carl Sandburg and Jefferson. We also have full day service for days when children do not have school. Our school room can have up to 20 children! We provide quiet time for children to complete homework and a snack for the children. On days when children do not have school lunch is provided like the rest of the center. We also have a WONDERFUL summer program for the children. We take field trips every other week. We attend places like EIU for art classes and bowling, we watch movies at the local Lifespan Center, we play in the fountain at Lytle Park and even go to Lincoln Log Cabin. There are so many activities that the children participate in. When the children are not attending field trips we have water days and game days. The children pick a theme each summer to learn about and do hundreds of activities around the topic.