I'd have to describe these schools as largely average. I believe in giving due credit, and there ARE fabulous teachers here who provide excellent care and whose charges truly love the time they spend at school! BUT, they have just as many problems as any other childcare out there; high turnover, inattentive teachers, teachers who are harsh/rude/ignore children (and sometimes parents, as well), minimal curriculum implementation (posted lesson plans are often completely ignored by the teachers), little tolerance for children who cry a lot, general neutrality (and even dislike) toward the children of ""pain-in-the-behind"" parents, just to name a few! This is partially due to the universal childcare catch-22 of not being able to attract (or retain) the best qualified candidates, but they also have their priorities all backward, sideways, and inside out. If you are lucky enough to have a truly open & mutually trusting relationship with your child's teacher (although, of course, they don't want teachers to tell parents the real deal, they're supposed to put up a good front for the parents), you will know how seldom teachers' needs are met (or even listened to) - these ladies are the epitome of ""overworked and underpaid"". The best teachers usually bail out ASAP for better jobs - and not just better paying, they want jobs where they are valued as employees. The schools are severly lacking in integrity, as well; if there is a problem, they DO try to resolve it, however, they do not want to lose your business, so even if what you or your child wants or needs is totally and completely impractical and puts stress on the other children and teachers, they will not set any limits for the good of the class or the school as a whole. I'm willing to admit that the things said by the other reviewers on this website are true indeed; I'm sure that these families' wonderful experiences are accurate, but BTW, just FYI, reviews 3-5 were written by Stepping Stone School employees.
Pros: convenient locations, reasonable prices, nurturance, education, loving teachers
Cons: the ""nurturance, education, loving teachers"" part is kinda hit-or-miss