Stepping Stones Academy I

400 SW 4th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974

Phone: (863) 467-9908    Fax: (863) 763-3927

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;  License #C19OK0017


VPK News:  The VPK program at Stepping Stones Academy 1
is FREE from 8.30am to 12:30pm!

Our VPK program (at Stepping Stones Academy 1) is now free from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for VPK program participants for the school year plus breakfast and lunch is included at no additional cost!  We are committed to helping children learn and grow and believe the extra hours each day better prepare them to enter kindergarten.

Of course we still provide our "wrap-around" hours for those who need additional care for their children before 8:30 am and/or after 12:30 pm.   Learn more about the VPK program in Okeechobee County, here.  You can register for VPK here.


Welcome to Stepping Stones Academy I, where learning is fun!

The Stepping Stones Academy preschool started as an in-home child care center and continued to expand over the years.  In 2004, the two Stepping Stones Academies were purchased.  

We are an APPLE accredited program and hold the Gold Seal Quality of Care, the highest quality rating issued by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

From our clean, bright classrooms—to our Safe Harbor web-based video viewing system—to our spacious, and shady Perma-Grass playground, we are all about bringing the best "trends in education" to your child and family.

At Stepping Stones Academy I your child will enjoy the excitement of learning while making friends and special childhood memories, all in a wholesome setting. We invite you to visit our Okeechobee, Florida preschool and discover all we have to offer your child!

Our Philosophy

To put it simply, we are passionate about your child!

We know that a love of learning is caught rather than taught. The interactions with our students foster academic support, discovery of individual gifts and respect for one another, assuring a great start in life.

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Our Program

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We are committed to educational goals of excellence.

Our “whole child” focus ensures each child is encouraged and nurtured to grow socially, physically, academically and spiritually. Through a warm secure environment, each child gains confidence and self-respect, forming close bonds with adults and peers.

We utilize a multi-sensory, integrated curriculum as a framework, and provide state-of-the-art classrooms and playgrounds rich in literacy and discovery opportunities.

Our People

We look forward to introducing your child to a lifetime of learning.

Many of us hold Associate or Bachelor Degrees or the nationally recognized CDA Credential. We are CPR and First Aid Certified, closely screened by the Department of Children and Families, and regularly participate in continuing education.

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Our Features

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We are pleased to provide your child:

  • Breakfast, lunch and a snack
  • Perma-Grass playground
  • Computers
  • Music-Art
  • Summer Camp
  • Transportation from local elementary schools for school age children
  • Safe Harbor Web Cam


InfantsOur program includes nurturing ages 6 weeks to 12 months.

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ToddlersOur program includes caring for ages 12 to 24 months.

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PreschoolOur program includes caring for and guiding ages 2 and 3 years.

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4 years & VPKOur program includes teaching ages 4 years and VPK services.

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School Age Our program includes teaching students ages 5 to 12 years.

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Summer CampOur program provides care for ages 12 months to School Age.

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