Our History

In March 1987, the directors of The Infant and Toddler Centers, located in the Meadowbrook Apartments, decided to get out of the child care business and close down. After a momentary panic, the parents of children who were attending the centers and Shelly Platz, then the supervisor of the infant program, joined together to literally save the centers.

We became Stepping Stones, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates with a parent board of directors. We took over the Infant and Toddler Centers and began searching for a place to relocate and expand. After a temporary move to 15th and Kasold, we moved to our permanent home at 1100 Wakarusa in the Fall of 1991, and eventually purchased the building in 2006.

The devoted commitment and support of parents and staff throughout the years have made Stepping Stones the wonderful community that it is—a place where our children receive the highest quality care and education and our families feel they belong.


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We are on menu Week 3 (July 15-19)

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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