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 Cradles to Crayons
is extended to 5 FREE hours for 2016-2017!

Our VPK program (at Stepping Stones Academy) is now free from 9 am to 2 pm for VPK program participants for the 2016-2017 school year!  That's five hours per day of free pre-kindergarten learning for your child, and 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 9 am and/or after 2 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 and in 2011 became the first two Early Childhood Centers in the Kids Depot Preschool Academies family of programs.  

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 for parents—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.

We are an experienced, professional group of Early Education Providers and a Proud Partner of the Kids Depot Preschool Academies family of schools, an affiliation of eight early childhood programs, all of which are nationally and fully accredited early learning programs.  

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 to and from local elementary schools for school age children
  • Safe Harbor Web Cam for Parents


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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