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Telephone:  (607) 342-1681

Or (607) 262-6454

"The sign of an exceptional educator is one who meets each child where the child is developmentally, and helps the child learn to help themselves. We, as parents, and our three children, were so fortunate to have had Meg as our guide and teacher over the past nearly seven years. As lead teacher in a multi-age (2.5 to almost 6) preschool classroom, Meg blew us away with her ability to identify what motivated each child, encourage curiosity and get kids to be self-empowered – all while also developing empathy. Our three children left preschool confident, competent, and with an amazing awareness of how their actions affected others."


  - Karen and Stephen, Seattle

  • Traditional Montessori Curriculum is enriched by music, American Sign Language and Spanish.

  • The classroom environment is bright and open, and the school has both indoor and outdoor play areas. An indoor play area allows for gross motor and imaginary play in cold, wet weather.

  • The outdoor play area includes a garden box for tending and planting, as well as a compost bin, mud kitchen and sandbox. There is also an area for climbing, digging, basketball, hopscotch and more! 

  • Weekly newsletters keep parents informed and connected.

About Us

  • Stepping Stones is a small New York state licensed preschool providing a hands-on approach to learning for children two years and nine months to five years old.

  • Centrally located in downtown Ithaca, just minutes from Cornell University and Ithaca College. Stepping Stones is within walking distance to the library, post office, fire station, playgrounds, and parks.  Our location allows us opportunities to take spontaneous field trips and enjoy all that downtown Ithaca has to offer.  

  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:7 providing many opportunities for 1:1 lessons.

What makes Stepping Stones unique?