Stepping Stones Learning Center began in 1994 with two teachers serving nine children in a classroom at the former St. Thomas the Apostle School in Irondequoit. Today it serves more than 500 children and young people from birth to age 21, providing special education; speech, occupational, physical and music therapies; and autism, behavioral, psychological, social work and other services:
Autism services: The autism program offers early screening and special education, employing two therapeutic approaches: applied behavioral analysis and Social Communication-Emotional Regulation-Transactional Support.
Classroom services: Children with and without special needs from 20 months to age 5 are educated in inclusive classrooms at the center and other sites of partner organizations. The center also has a universal prekindergarten classroom for Rochester schools. It offers intensive special education in full- and half-day classes for children 20 months to age 5 who cannot yet be in a fully inclusive class. And for children as young as 15 months, it has a caregiver program.
Community services for early intervention: Stepping Stones provides special education, therapies and other services for children up to age 3 in school classrooms, child care settings and other locations, including their homes, in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Genesee counties.
Parent training and professional development: The center gives training for parents, caregivers and early childhood programs to permit the inclusion of children with special needs in the community.
Family support services: Through the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Stepping Stones serves clients up to age 21. A respite camp for children 3 to 12 operates during school breaks. Services also include an after-school social skills group, autism support, behavior management support and intensive behavioral consultation, community habilitation, Medicaid service coordination and family education.
Evaluations: The center evaluates the needs of children to age 5, using a psychologist, a speech pathologist also certified in special education, a social worker and other specialists as necessary.
The center has 120 employees, and founder Mariellen Cupini is president and CEO. Its address is 41 Colebrook Drive, Irondequoit, and its website is www.steppingstoneslearning.com.
Financial Record Year ended June 30, 2012
Government contracts $4,583,617 91
Tuition 242,904 5
Grants 229,878 5
Total revenue $5,056,399 100
Salaries and benefits $4,073,868 83
Occupancy 311,156 6
Professional fees 271,876 6
Program costs 149,722 3
Other 89,343 2
Total expenses $4,895,965 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $160,434
Board of Directors
Spencer Read, chairman; senior project manager and lead architectural designer, Mitchell Design Build
Jarrett Felton, vice chairman and treasurer; financial adviser, MetLife
Fina Santiago, secretary; co-president, Vargas Associates Inc.
Andrea Cain; chief operating officer and interim executive director, Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton
Carmelo Calascibetta; owner, Cam's New York Pizzeria Inc.
Jacquie Clarke; physician's office receptionist
Alan Kerstein; real estate agent, Keller Williams Realty Inc.
Kristin Lynch; former speech pathologist, Rochester City School District
John Lynch M.D.; psychiatrist, Hillside Children's Center
Karyl Mammano; director of non-profit management education and assistant professor of accounting and finance, St. John Fisher College
Ann Wendl; retired chairwoman, Committee on Preschool Special Education, Rochester City School District
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