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Program Options

Parents may choose a 2 day (T/Th), 3 day (M/W/F or T/W/Th), or 5 day preschool program for their child. In order to utilize afternoon enrichment (enrollment after 12:00) your child must be in attendance during the morning. Afternoon enrichment includes: social play, music and movement, foreign language, children's literature, sports skills, art, science and much more!


Our Normal School Day is 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Additional Enrichment Options:

  • Early Drop-off from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Afternoon Enrichment from 12:00 pm until 1:00, 3:00 or 5:30 pm 

Enrollment Procedures

  • Children must have reached the age of 15 months by September 1st of the year of enrollment. Applicants are considered upon the basis of their developmental level as well as availability of space in the appropriate class.
  • Children ages 3 and 4 must be potty trained.
  • Children are enrolled on a first come, first served basis until the program capacity is met. Returning students, siblings, and alumni siblings are given first priority.
  • A waiting list for prospective students is established yearly once classroom capacity is met following enrollment for the new school year. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the school office at 352-416-3025.
  • Enrollment documents, along with the non-refundable registration fee of $225, are required for acceptance into Stepping Stones Preschool.
  • Parents will receive a confirmation of enrollment after the appropriate forms and monies are returned to the school.


Monthly tuition rates are listed below. There is also a $225 non-refundable registration fee that helps cover costs for special events/curriculum enhancement, materials, and enrollment. Please make all checks payable to Trinity United Methodist Church. 

Program time 2 days 3 days 5 days
7:30am - 12pm $275 $360 $540
7:30am - 1pm $320 $420 $610
7:30am - 3pm $390 $540 $775
7:30am - 5:30pm $490 $650 $900
9am-12pm $200 $275 $390
9am-1pm $250 $340 $490
9am-3pm $340 $450 $650
9am-5:30pm $430 $575 $825

Prospective Parents

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Dear Prospective Parents,

We are delighted with your interest in our preschool!  Since 1976, Stepping Stones Preschool has been diligently caring for the preschool aged children of our community.  We offer half day and full day options as we focus on your child’s cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual development.  We would like for YOUR family to be a part of our preschool family!

For further questions, or to schedule a tour, you may contact the school office at 352-416-3025.  We are looking forward to a partnership with you as we perpetuate the tradition of preschool excellence in Gainesville!

In His Service,
McCall Griggs, Director

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Get Set for School Readiness and Writing

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Our curriculum is the Get Set for School Readiness and Writing program. Young children are not ready to sit still and focus for long periods of time. They learn best when they move, manipulate objects, build, sing, draw, and participate in dramatic play. The Readiness and Writing program acknowledges that learning needs to be joyful, child-friendly, and active. We will be building skills in delightful way, but also carefully, deliberately, and one step at a time.

SS PhotoBoardWriting requires many skills that are essential for school: physical, language, cognitive, social, and perceptual. The handwriting component is based on more than 25 years of success with Handwriting Without Tears. We will be incorporating music, movement, and multisensory manipulatives to teach all the core readiness skills including crayon grip, letter and number recognition, number and capital letter formation, and body awareness.

As we teach various letters this year, they will not be introduced in alphabetical order; rather in order of easy to difficult handwriting stokes. Get Set for School is an award winning curriculum. We are delighted to share this curriculum with your children as we give them their first tools for learning and a foundation from which to build on.


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Specials are classes added to our curriculum for a complete “whole child” experience.
Music: through music children develop self esteem, and individual creativity.    
Happy Feet (Physical Education):Organized movement helps children build motor skills and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.  Happy Feet meets on Thursday and Friday, every other week.  We’re “a movin’ and a shakin’” to develop our bodies and our minds!  

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Our One in Christ curriculum offers a Christ based lesson every week. Each lesson provides a framework for children to explore, express, create, and relate to one another each day.

Another benefit to our One In Christ curriculum is the weekly single sheet handout for parents. This family letter includes a fold-n-tell Bible story picture, the weekly theme, a simple telling of the Bible story, Bible words to learn, and faith-based family activity suggestions. We hope this will keep you informed and involved with the lessons we are teaching at school.

What a blessing it is to work with children and share God’s love with them each day! As partners in the spiritual education of your child, we have the privilege of planting the seeds of faith and nurturing children as they grow and learn about themselves, the world around them, and God’s love for them in Christ. Together, we are One In Christ!

Download the 2019-2020 Curriculum

Stepping Stones Preschool offers classes for children 15 months old (by Sept. 1) through Pre-K. We provide a curriculum that encourages whole child learning, self esteem, and social skills. Our students are grouped according to maturity and development. Each classroom has an age appropriate environment where the children learn from each other, as well as the teacher.

Children are provided a variety of educational opportunities including: learning centers to explore, planned activities in art, religion, creative movement, music, cooking, gardening, nature and much more!  Reading, phonics, math, history, science and geography skills are developed in the daily curriculum.  

Our student/teacher ratios are low affording each child individual attention as needed. We have a maximum ratio of 8:1 for the 3’s and 4’s, 7:1 for our 2’s, and 6:1 for our toddler children. Every classroom has a teacher and an assistant.  Enrollment is limited to help achieve these goals.

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Altar Flower Dedications

flowerdedicationWould you like to put flowers in the Worship Center on a Sunday morning? To reserve a date in honor or memory of someone or to the Glory of God, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (352-416-3016). Altar flowers cost $30 per arrangement.