About Stepping Stones

In the summer of 1998 three Christian teachers eagerly met to discuss their shared desire to do more for the Lord. After many months of prayer it became obvious to each of them that GOD was indeed calling them to open a much needed Christian Pre-school in Gig Harbor. From that moment on they went into action! In June of 1999 they found the perfect location for a school. This now left them three months to prepare for a new school to open. The task looked almost impossible to accomplish with a very small budget to work with. They needed to deal with architectural drawings, County permits, demolition and reconstruction of interior walls, a total remodel of the existing bathroom, exterior ramps, sidewalks, and a parking lot. All this needed to be done before their school doors could open.

On September 25, 1999 with the faith that GOD was by their side helping them along the way, the support of their families and the new faithful Stepping Stones families, they opened the doors. They ran their first school year at half capacity. The second year they filled their entire classrooms by June. The third, fourth, and fifth years they opened registration in January and within two weeks they filled their entire classrooms for the next school year. With a two year waitlist they began to pray, asking GOD for more room to grow. Within two months of prayer Lighthouse Christian School in Gig Harbor called and offered to lease them classrooms on their campus. In the fall of 2005-2006 Stepping Stones to Learning opened up their second campus with the ability to offer 7 new classes to the community.

In January 2010, GOD had once again challenged them to serve him in yet another capacity. Stepping Stones leadership was prayerfully seeking GOD’s wisdom and guidance for Stepping Stones and the future, when it was laid upon their hearts to add a childcare learning center to the preschool. Again, shortly after Lighthouse approached them and asked if they would be interested in providing childcare for our combined families. So GOD provided the confirmations and provisions to begin a new mission for HIS precious little children. How could they not follow!

It is in HIS strength and guidance that they are off and running and continue to offer a God centered Preschool and Childcare center for our community.  As the years passed, each founding member also felt called to leave and follow Him in other directions of their life.  In doing so, they left behind an established Godly formed School Board that cherishes His principles and whole heartily believed in the vision He set forth years ago. 

To date, Stepping Stones to Learning Inc, will have the pleasure of providing a safe, loving climate wherein approximately 152 children are nurtured to take positive steps academically, socially, and most foundationally, in the grace of GOD. Stepping Stones success is solely based on dedication to follow GOD’s word, putting children and their needs first, and following their mission statement everyday of their lives.


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Mission Statement

We exist as a private, non-profit Christian Preschool and Childcare Center to provide a safe, Christ-centered atmosphere wherein children are lovingly nurtured to take positive steps socially, developmentally and most foundationally, in the grace of GOD.

Educational Philosophy

As Christian educators, we are called by God to stand beside parents in a ministry that enables children to develop their spiritual, moral, ethical, intellectual and physical potential in order that they may become sensitive, contributing citizens of our world.  We therefore commit to staff who:

Core Educational Belief

  • Display Christian morality genuinely and consistently;
  • Create an atmosphere which is loving, secure, motivational and positive;
  • Help the student develop a sincere and intimate relationship with God;
  • Use reasoned discipline, strong guidance and leadership

Educational Goals

  • Enable each child to become increasingly responsible,
  • self directed and self-disciplined;
  • Instruct students to critically think and reason with a view of discovering truth;
  • Recognize the unique individuality of all students and inspire them to their full potential