Stepping Stones General Information


Stepping Stones is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We provide full-time care for our infants and toddlers. Both full-time and part-time programs are available for preschoolers. Parents may come and go on their own schedule. We ask that you call if your child will be in after 10:00 or won’t be in at all so that we can plan for the day.


Stepping Stones provides care and education for children ranging in age from 2 weeks to 12 years old. Our programs are divided into the following age groups:
Infants: ages 2 weeks to 15 months
Toddlers: ages 15 months to 2 ½ years
Preschool I: ages 2 ½ to 4 years
Preschool II: ages 4 to 6 years
Part-time Preschool: ages 3 to 5 years
After school and Summer Camp I: kindergarten & 1st grade
After School and Summer Camp II: 2nd - 5th grade


Stepping Stones is closed the following days.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019
Independence Day: July 4-5, 2019
Training Day for all staff: Monday, January 21, 2019 & Monday, August 12, 2019
Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
Thanksgiving: November 28-29, 2019
Winter Break: December 23, 2019 – January 1, 2019

Closings due to weather

In the event of bad weather, Stepping Stones may close to ensure the safety of the staff and children. We will close when the Lawrence Public Schools (USD 497) close due to icy/snow conditions. We may not close if the public schools close due to cold temperatures only. Parents and staff will be contacted via emergency text messages in the event of these closings. 

Monthly Fees

Stepping Stones, Inc. is a nonprofit organization. Fees are set to cover monthly expenses for rent, utilities, payroll, toys, equipment and all other operating costs. Fees are figured on an average monthly basis and are the same each month. Because our costs do not vary with individual absences, we do not make individual adjustments in fees for time missed. Any savings to us for closing the center during holidays will be spread over the entire year to keep your fees as low as possible.

If fees have to be increased to meet expenses, you will be given at least one month’s notice. Fees as of February 1, 2019 are:
Infants $1160 per month
Toddlers $995 per month
Preschool I $880 per month
Preschool II $855 per month
Part-time Preschool $385/month for 5 mornings/wk, other pt schedules/fees also available
Before school (w/transportation) $145 per month
After school (w/transportation) $350 per month
Summer Camp I & II (elementary age) $835 per month

Families who have two children enrolled full-time (Infant through Preschool II or Summer Camp) will receive a $50 a month fee discount. Those with three children enrolled full-time will receive a $75 discount.


If you are interested in enrolling your child, please call our director, Shelly Platz at (785) 843-5919 to make an appointment to tour our center. If there is an opening, a deposit and enrollment forms must be submitted to reserve your child’s space. If there is not an opening, there is a $30.00 nonrefundable fee to place your child’s name on the waiting list.

Children are enrolled on a “first come, first served” basis according to the location of your child’s name on our waiting list and the age of your child. Preference will be given to siblings of children presently enrolled in our program. Please let us know if you have made other arrangements so that we can withdraw your child’s name from our list. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or gender.  You will be contacted when there is a vacancy available for your child. An enrollment form and the enrollment deposit must be paid to confirm your enrollment.

As soon as the enrollment deposit has been paid, the director will answer any questions you may have, review responsibilities and give you additional forms to fill out. These forms must be completed and returned to the center on or before your child’s first day. This is a Health Department requirement and will also give our staff the information needed to get to know your child.


A $400 deposit is required to guarantee your child’s space in our FT programs ($200 in our pt programs) It is fully refundable if a child is enrolled through our pre 2 program and notice is given 30 days prior to:
- disenrollment for a child in attendance or
- the scheduled beginning date for a new child

Equipment and Insurance Fees

Fees to cover equipment and insurance are charged upon enrollment and as children advance to new classrooms. The fees are:
Enrollment in Infant, Toddler, Preschool I, Preschool II:  $100.00
Children graduating into next class (Toddler, Preschool I, Preschool II): $100.00
Enrollment in Part-time Preschool and School-age programs: $50.00

If a child is in a classroom full-time for less than 6 months before they move to the next classroom, the next room’s $100 equipment fee is waived.


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We are on menu Week 4 (June 17-21)

We have openings in our part-time preschool classroom.  Call today for details (785-843-5919)!

We are #1! We were voted the BEST child care center in the Best of Lawrence contest in 2017 & 2018!

contact us

Please feel free to contact us with questions about our programs or arrange a tour of the center. 785.843.5919
1100 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66049


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