Full-Day Stepping Stones Preschool Program

Full-day, year-round preschool program

2020-21 Hopkins Preschool

REGISTER for Full Day Stepping Stones

After clicking the link, scroll down to the 2020-21 half-day preschool options. We can't wait to meet you and your fall 2020 preschooler! Schedule a tour today! Email: Liz.Reynolds@HopkinsSchools.org

We care about your child and their achievement! Therefore, we ask you to try to limit your child's Stepping Stones and Stay & Explore day to 9 hours. If your child needs to be in our care longer than 9 hours, please talk to your child's teachers about strategies for success.

Stepping Stones Preschool 2020 Summer Information

We are excited to have students return to our programming on June 15. Here is a review of our policies at this time, so that families understand what billing will look like for the summer months. We will be returning to our normal operating policies for this summer.

Stepping Stones June 2020:

Program starts on Monday June 15, from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (please note: this is a change from the originally scheduled start time).

Tuition will be due on June 15, 2020  You will receive your invoice on May 22, 2020.

Because staffing within our new guidelines requires strict adherence to staff/student ratios, we are unable to continue suspending enrollments as we will not be able to guarantee a spot once our summer programming begins.

If you need to withdraw from Stepping Stones summer programming, please note that we will maintain a wait-list for families who are interested in returning later in the summer. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a spot will become available.

A withdrawal for summer can be accepted through May 22. After May 22, our thirty day policy for withdrawal will go into effect, and your deposit will be applied toward your last month’s tuition.

We will continue with our current monthly invoicing, with a tuition based on the 5 day a week, full day programming model.

Please note:

Our Stepping Stones program will be working closely with Kids & Company this summer. Each core care group for our youngest participants will have 5-year-olds (entering kindergarten) and 6-year-olds (entering 1st grade).


About Stepping Stones Preschool

Engaging classrooms, nurturing teachers, discovery-based curriculum, social and school readiness development — all designed to ignite your child's love for learning and build a solid foundation for kindergarten and beyond. Stepping Stones is an unparalleled year-round, year-before-kindergarten preschool.

Open from 6:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at convenient west metro locations: Tanglen Elementary School in Minnetonka, Gatewood Elementary School in Minnetonka, and Meadowbrook Elementary School in Golden Valley. Children must be 4 years old as of September 1 to attend.

Please note: due to a recent Minnesota Department of Education reassessment of open enrollment priority categories, all school districts in Minnesota need to change the practice of offering preference to out-of-district families enrolled in preschool programs. For this reason Stepping Stones Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year will not provide a family with a preference in open enrollment for Kindergarten.

An exceptional preschool choice

  • Our curriculum. Developmentally appropriate, our guided, discovery-based curriculum is inspired by the signature Reggio Emilia Approach. The curriculum adapts to the interests of the children and allows them to plan, think, experiment, evaluate and amend their ideas.
  • The environment. We boast creative, engaging classrooms and natural playgrounds that encourage exploring and inspire learning.
  • Our well-trained teachers. Not only do all hold a master's or bachelor's degree, they have extensive experience in creating nurturing surroundings that kindle curiosity and boost learning.
  • Social and emotional growth. Your child will make social, academic, and physical connections to school, while creating long-lasting social relationships with peers.

More about Stepping Stones curriculum:

Inspired by the signature Reggio Emilia Approach, we foster critical thinking skills, as well as social and emotional growth in a guided discovery-based setting that helps prepare children for kindergarten.

Activities and exploration will be provided in: music, STEM/science, art, cooking, computers, math literacy kills, social skills, literacy activities, problem solving, cooperative activities, indoor and outdoor play times, large muscle activities, fine motor skills, and dramatic play. We also offer:

  • Field trips.
  • Natural outdoor playscapes.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks.
  • A transition and introduction into the elementary school.

We care about your child and their achievement! Therefore, we ask you to try to limit your child's Stepping Stones and Stay & Explore day to 9 hours. If your child needs to be in our care longer than 9 hours, please talk to your child's teachers about strategies for success.

Stepping Stones 2020-2021 Tuition Information:

  • Full Year - $1,040/month
  • School Year only - $1075/month

Tuition is a yearly total divided into equal monthly payments for your convenience. Once enrolled, any change to your contract may affect this monthly payment. Prices are subject to change, please call the preschool enrollment office for the most accurate tuition information: 952-988-4342.

Once your registration is confirmed, you are able to withdraw by July 15, 2019 and receive a credit of your deposit.  

Refund information: we are granting families additional time to receive their full deposit back if you are choosing to drop a class for fall due to the uncertainty of Covid-19. You have until Monday August 3, until 5:00 pm to drop your contract and receive your full deposit back. Once school has begun, please provide us with a 30 day notice and we will apply your deposit to your tuition balance at that time. If less than 30 days is given, your deposit is forfeited. If your family chooses the full year Stepping Stones preschool option, the monthly fee is calculated to include two weeks of vacation as a credit, as long as your preschooler continually attends Stepping Stones from September to August. 

Locations

  • Gatewood Stepping Stones, 14900 Gatewood Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • Tanglen Stepping Stones, 10901 Hillside Lane, Minnetonka 55305
  • Meadowbrook Stepping Stones, 5430 Glenwood Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422

Questions?

Please call Harley Hopkins at 952-988-5000 or email Liz.Reynolds@HopkinsSchools.org.

More

Gatewood Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Gatewood Stepping Stones Preschool families.

Meadowbrook Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Meadowbrook Stepping Stones Preschool families.

Tanglen Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Tanglen Stepping Stones Preschool families.

Calendar: Stepping Stones 2019-20 (pdf, 113 KB)

Click here for a complete Stepping Stones calendar, including non-school day, and bag lunch day information.

Explore Hopkins Preschools at a Glance (pdf, 316 KB)

Use this comparison chart to find the Hopkins Preschool option that is right for your family!