About

A Welcoming Place for All Children

Stepping Stones Children's Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is the total development of children. We are committed to providing high quality education and child care in an environment that fosters positive relationships among our children, staff, families, and the community we serve.

At Stepping Stones our children experience a loving and supportive environment made possible by our well qualified and caring staff. Many of our staff are parents and grandparents and all are able to recognize, understand, and provide the highest level of care to our children. Our staff dedicate their time to professional development in the field of Education through trainings and workshops in addition to meeting the high training standards set by NAEYC and Keystone STARS. All lead teachers have the minimum of an associates degree and all Site Directors have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in education or related field.  Their time and expertise is dedicated to the growth and development of our children, resulting in a very high return rate of our families and very low staff turnover. You will feel the family atmosphere when you enter our doors.

2020 Board of Directors

Melanie Holm, President
Laura Weir, Vice President 
Courtney Adams, Treasurer
Mary Ann Dias, Secretary
Dan Ligman, Parent Director
Kelly Dickinson, Parent Director
Stephanie Dieble, Parent Director
Melanie Holm, Parent Director
Paul Scherrah, Parent Director
Leah King, Parent Director
Patti Tavelli, Community Director
Beth Sarver, Executive Director

Our bylaws stipulate that the majority of our Board members be the parents of children enrolled in our programs. It’s a great formula for keeping everybody’s children our top priority… but we need parents to make it work. Stepping Stones is an incredibly diverse organization with many business, financial, marketing, and regulatory needs. We also welcome the love, care, and consideration that parents provide. Please contact board@stepstonescc.org to learn how you might be considered for any future Board openings.

In 1979, a group of parent volunteers turned an old farmhouse on Eden Hall Farm in Gibsonia, PA into a schoolhouse in just nine days and Stepping Stones Children’s Center was born! Programs included Extended Day Child Care, Home Based Child Care, Preschool Education, and Time Out (a playgroup for toddlers). In 1981, Stepping Stones became a 501c (3) organization.

Over the next 15 years, Stepping Stones expanded its programs, adding Before/After School-Age Child Care, School-Age Summer Camps, Extended Day Child Care for Infants and Toddlers, and Kindergarten.

In 1990, Stepping Stones began its relationship with the Pine-Richland School District and Before/After School Age Care moved from the Farm House to Hance Elementary. This program expanded district-wide with the addition Richland and

Our History

Wexford Elementary Schools, and eventually Eden Hall Upper Elementary School.

The Main Center site was opened in 1995, which currently houses Extended Day Care and Preschool Programming, as well as the Stepping Stones Administrative Offices.  In 2012, Stepping Stones began operating in the Seneca Valley School District. This program has Before/After School care and Kindergarten LEAP programming for four locations: Haine, Rowan, Evans City, and Connoquenessing Valley Elementary Schools.

In 2016, Stepping Stones began service in the Deer Lakes School District. This program has Before/After School programming at Curtisville Primary Center. Currently, Stepping Stones Children's Center operates in ten sites with over 650 children enrolled. We proudly celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2019!