Stepping Stones Preschool is expanding

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Stepping Stones Preschool is expanding. Photo provided

PROCTORSVILLE, Vt. – The five-star accredited Stepping Stones Preschool is renovating its existing garage space so that it can add a critically needed infant and toddler program to Cavendish, Proctorsville, Ludlow, and the surrounding area.

Stepping Stones Preschool is a privately operated, state-licensed, nonprofit early childhood program. It was first established in December 1977 to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for the children of Ludlow and its surrounding communities. Over the years, it has had several locations and has been at its current location on the Fletcher Farm Property on Route 103 on the Ludlow-Cavendish town line since January 1997.

“There is a lack of access to high-quality child care in Vermont. There are very few options available for families in our area. Stepping Stones Preschool has been offering play-based, quality preschool and after care to area children and families for over 40 years. We are a part of the community. Our staff is known and trusted by many families and educators. Expanding our program to offer birth to kindergarten will fill a big need for families. We create an environment where children are safe, well supervised, nurtured, and stimulated with rich language, sights, sounds, and engaging learning experiences, led by a team of trained, accredited professionals. Stepping Stones is committed to developing trusting, positive relationships with families and creating a place where families feel respected and supported.”

Stepping Stones has received a $20,000 expansion grant from Make Way For Kids to kick off the renovation project. School staff and the Board of Directors are now in the process of submitting an ambitious number of grants, as well as fundraising to help further meet the program’s needs and to help create a wonderful environment for our young children.

The school is also accepting donations or in-kind donations for building materials, lighting, area rugs and flooring, infant and toddler playground, and classroom equipment, fencing, etc. Donations can be made through GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/stepping-stones-infant-amp-toddler-expansion or can be sent directly to Stepping Stones Preschool, 3628 Route 103, Proctorsville, VT 05153.

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