Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool strives to assist the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each individual child. We aim to provide a safe, fun, supportive and nurturing atmosphere where all children are able to express their creativity freely. Stepping Stones provides the highest quality of care by assisting the children their journey through, education, exploration and play.
Caring for your child is a responsibility we take very seriously. It is our goal to provide a loving atmosphere that emphasizes the development of the whole child - mind, body, and spirit. We have been serving this community for over 30 years. We have qualified teachers and staff who are dedicated to providing quality child care and education for our children.
Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool began in the year 1990 by Ms. Janice Hoehn. With her love, vision, and passion, she built Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool. Janice remained as an owner until October 2019 and still remains actively involved with Stepping Stones and the new owners. Janice has had the privilege of seeing several individuals (who were once her children at the childcare) grow, blossom, graduate, and bring their children to the childcare as well. We thank Ms. Janice for providing over 30 years of quality care.
Enrollment at Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool is open to children from six weeks to age twelve. We have an open door policy for our families. Please call today and ask about space and enrollment.
Discovery Academy of DeLand
Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool had the honor of expanding their love for children and education by opening a private school - Discovery Academy of DeLand. In 2021, Ralph and Adel purchased Discovery Academy in Edgewater, FL. After much demand by the parents at Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool, they decided to open a second location in DeLand, FL. Discovery Academy of DeLand, opened their doors in August of 2022 with their Kindergarten class. In August of 2023, they will expand to a new location and open their doors to grades Kindergarten - 5th grade.
Please visit www.DiscoveryDeland.com for further information
Adel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been working with children since 2009. She began her career working at a private practice servicing children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and other special needs. Subsequently, she worked at schools catering to “at risk” youths. For the past 3 years she has had the privilege of running her own private practice working with children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
Ralph, is an attorney in private practice focused on civil litigation. In addition, Ralph has a broad business background having worked as an executive in a variety of business settings. During his spare time, Ralph provides pro bono work as a Guardian ad Litem for children involved in the Department of Children and Families.
"Owning a daycare has been a long term dream of ours. We feel blessed to have found a center with such a long and successful history of providing quality, caring, and family oriented childcare. Ms. Janice has dedicated the last 30 years of her life to Stepping Stones Childcare and Preschool and her commitment and hard work will always be the foundation of this center. Our goal is to build upon the foundation Ms. Janice has laid for the center. We plan on retaining all staff, and on keeping all established policies, procedures and activities as they presently are. Where opportunities exist, we plan to invest in making the center even better than it already is." - Adel & Ralph
Ms. Jessica Cooper has been with Stepping Stones Childcare & Preschool for since 2008. She is currently the Director and displays her love and passion for our children everyday.
Jessica Cooper is currently studying Business Administration and Management at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. Jessica is also one of the Children's Ministry Leaders at LifePoint Community Church.
"Being in childcare allows me to impact children every single day. I feel blessed to be a part of a wonderful community where children have love and support from their parents, peers, and teachers."