Our Mission

To guide each child in discovering his or her potential through creative and educational experiences in the natural world, their community, and a vibrant, unique learning environment.

Our Approach

Our program offers a hands-on approach to learning in a variety of environments that embrace the beauty, nature, and culture that is found in Muskoka. Our centres, located in Gravenhurst, ON, are at the heart of a thriving community of arts & natural surroundings. We embrace the culture of our town, our community and the families we care for by offering a wide variety of age-appropriate studies within our programs. 

We encourage each child to discover their talents and interests while providing opportunities for them to grow their independence and develop their abilities in all aspects of learning. Our outdoor classrooms connect children with the natural world in an immersive and interactive environment. Our indoor environments harness the Muskoka charm with natural elements throughout the facility, and different ways of exploring the pedagogical expectations of an early learning centre. 

Two Great Locations

Wharfside
420 Muskoka District Rd 169
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R2
Brock Street
180 Brock St. 
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1X2

Our Educators

Wharfside

Stefanie Nadler, Co-Supervisor/Preschool
Stefanie has over 10 years' experience, 9 of which have been in licensed child care. She hold's a director's approval from the MEDU as a Supervisor with our centre. Her creativity, love of nature, and unique approach to programming offer children excellent opportunities to explore their environment with hands-on learning. Stefanie and her co-educators have created an immersive, vibrant and stimulating learning experience for our preschoolers. To connect with Stefanie, email stefanie.n@steppingstonemuskoka.com
Kyla Corcoran, RECE, Co-Supervisor/Preschool
Kyla brings 12 years of child care experience to the Supervisor position. She built her foundations as an educator as a coach for basketball and figure skating, eventually moving to running Kindergarten Readiness programs. For 6 years, she worked as a DECE with the Durham District School board in Full-day Kindergarten. Having recently moved back to Muskoka, Kyla brings her outgoing, fun, energetic nature to our preschool class. Her approach to programming focuses on children's interest, nature, and mathematical & literacy behaviours. She enjoys making learning fun and seeing children's faces light up when they learn something new or understand something for the first time. To connect with Kyla, email kyla.c@steppingstonemuskoka.com
Kalene Corcoran - Dance, Music & Movement Instructor
Kalene Corcoran is an accomplished dancer, award-winning choreographer and educator. She found her love and passion for dance at a young age and quickly began training in an array of styles ranging from classical to modern dance. She has been trained in many art forms, specializing in contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics, and jazz, as well as lyrical, tap and ballet. She has also been professionally trained in the Cecchetti art form of ballet. Kalene is a member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA) and is certified in the following dance curriculums: 
Acrobatic Arts PreSchool 
Acrobatic Arts Module 1 
Alixa Flexibility 
Progressive Ballet Technique 


 
Caitlin Fellows - Support Staff - Preschool
Caitlin is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. Before starting her training to become a teacher, she studied Honours English at the University of Guelph. She incorporates language, literacy, and art into our programs in unique and educational ways that inspire our preschoolers to use their imagination! She has a professional background as a youth leader and camp counsellor, and brings her love of co-learning to life with our preschool class. She loves to get active outdoors with the children, exploring our nature trails and learning about the natural world. 

 

Brock Street

Shawna Biamonte, RECE - Supervisor
Shawna brings her theatrical, creative, energetic nature to the Supervisor role at our Brock Street Location, along with over 10 years of child care experience in varying licensed child care settings. In addition, she loves incorporating yoga, movement and puppetry into her programming, often inciting laughter and play in the children throughout the day. Having a positive impact on a child's life truly warms her heart, and she creates exciting, interesting learning opportunities with a focus on healthy living. To connect with Shawna, email shawna.b@steppingstonemuskoka.com 
Krysten Walkinshaw, RECE - Family Grouping
Krysten has been an Early Childhood Educator since April, 2018. She graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton. She has had a passion for working with, educating and learning from young children ever since she was 11 years old and has since worked with families across the country. She enjoys teaching valuable life skills and enticing genuine belly laughs from the children. Seeing the joy and curiosity to learn light up in a child's eyes is her favourite part of her job. In her down time, she enjoys photography, travelling, being outdoors and playing volleyball. She appreciates the opportunity to meet and work with all families. Some of her favourite quotes are, "Play is the highest form of research" from Albert Einstein and "I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams" from David Vitter. 
 

Our Healthy Eating Philosophy

We have developed a menu that caters to children’s diverse tastes and preferences by offering common favourites with healthy twists. While we may serve menu items such as macaroni and cheese, our recipes have been developed to include sauces made primarily of vegetables. Even picky eaters will be eating nutrient-rich foods. We also offer fresh, healthy, homemade snacks, giving children the opportunity to understand and respond to their own hunger cues throughout the day. Our menu uses no processed food or sugar, we limit fats and salts, and focus on wholesome ingredients.
Emily Fellows - Chef
Emily brings with her a love for food that is both healthy
and delicious. Out of her love for baking and cooking grew
in her an interest in nutrition. Curious to know more about
what is in the food she loves to cook, she studied at
Humber College and graduated with a diploma in Nutrition
and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion, the only program of its
kind in Canada. Emily applies her understanding of
nutrition to the meals and snacks that she makes for the
children. She enjoys finding creative alternatives to “junk
food”, and incorporating nutrient-rich ingredients into everyday
recipes in a way that is appealing to the children. Emily is
passionate about feeding children in a way that will
maximize the full potential of their minds and bodies.

How We Are Different

- Visual art projects, creative building, and sensory play
- Dance, yoga, and vigorous physical games and free play
- Musical instruments, songs, reading and interactive storytelling
- Gardening and learning to care for animals through
  interactive projects
- Daily forest walks and outdoor exploration, including observation of
  our diverse environments
- Group participation and leadership skills 
- Discovering various cultures and backgrounds of each member of
  our community
- Lessons and workshops outside our regular program hours
- Access to daily videos & blog
- Field trips
- Seasonal showcases for parents and families
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