Stepping Stones Childcare and Development, Inc. - Cold Spring NY Day Care Center

25 Lady Blue Devils Lane, Cold Spring NY 10516
(845) 809-5007
2 Reviews

About the Provider


Stepping Stones Childcare offers activities that are age appropriate so children can gain the confidence the that they need to develop and learn. We do not believe in "timeout" but we do believe that some children may need a quiet place under supervision by staff to regroup and think about what they are feeling. A walk or suggesting a different activity are ways to help a child refocus. Our teachers and children will spend as much time as possible incorporating our structured activities outdoors when the weather permits us to. Children will be able to take a nature walk and have lunch on our picnic tables and just get some exercise and fresh air. Our center sits on 2 acres of wooded and grassed area making it a perfect place to appreciate nature.

Program and Licensing Details

  • License Number: 826744
  • Capacity: 40
  • Age Range: Total Capacity: 40;Infants: 8;Toddlers: 19;Preschool: 13;School age: 0;
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • Type of Care: Full-Time
  • Schools Served: Haldane School District
  • Current License Issue Date: Nov 14, 2018
  • Current License Expiration Date: Nov 13, 2020
  • District Office: Westchester Regional Office
  • District Office Phone: (845) 708-2400 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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Inspection/Report History

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Date Regulation Status
2019-09-26 418-1.7(p) Not Corrected
Brief Description: Sleeping arrangements for infants through 12 months of age require that the infant be placed flat on his or her back to sleep, unless medical information from the child's health care provider is presented to the program by the parent that shows that arrangement is inappropriate for that child.
2019-09-26 418-1.8(f) Not Corrected
Brief Description: An additional group teacher or an assistant teacher is required when the number of children in the group dictate that a second teacher be present to meet the teacher/child ratio.
2019-09-26 418-1.9(m) Not Corrected
Brief Description: Methods of discipline, interaction or toilet training which frighten, demean or humiliate a child are prohibited.
2019-09-26 418-1.13(a)(1) Not Corrected
Brief Description: Staff and volunteers must be mature, of good character and possess suitable personal qualifications.
2019-03-28 418-1.14(n)(2) Corrected
Brief Description: Every applicant for the position of director, teacher, or volunteer with the potential for regular and substantial contact with children after this regulation becomes effective must complete the Office-approved training pre-service or within three months of starting such position, or by September 30, 2017, whichever is later. Any director or teacher who has not completed the training, but will be completing the training within the first three months of starting such position, must not be left unsupervised with children in care until such time as the training has been completed. The person supervising the individual must have completed the Office-approved training that complies with the federal minimum health and safety pre-service training requirements.
2019-03-28 418-1.15(c)(5) Corrected
Brief Description: daily attendance records, which must be filled out at the time a child arrives and departs, and must include arrival and departure times;
2019-03-28 418-1.15(c)(11) Corrected
Brief Description: personnel information including a list of all staff with job assignments and schedules; Statewide Central Register clearance results; Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs background check forms; criminal history review information; staff resumes; medical statement, acceptable references and other information required by section 418-1.13 of this Subpart;
2018-12-18 418-1.15(c)(6) Corrected
Brief Description: children's health records, including parental consents for emergency medical treatment, child's medical statement and immunizations; any available results of lead screening; the name and dosage of any medications used by a child and the frequency of administration of such medications; and a record of their administration by child day care center staff; and a record of illnesses, injuries and any indicators of child abuse or maltreatment;

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Sarah Sep 14, 2020
I have used this provider for more than 6 months

My family has been using this daycare from the day they opened. They are so transparent and honest with their parents. If they make a mistake they are the first to come forward with , I am so sorry I forgot to tell you , or I am sorry I did not know you wanted me to do that.

I find the other reviews very strange because our experience with Stepping Stones has been amazing, especially during this pandemic. They are always acting on the side of caution and never taking chances with the safety and health of the children and their staff. They made the center a shoeless center, staff are wearing masks instead and outside and they don't even merge our children at the end of the night when they are the last ones at the center. I am extremely grateful for all they do because their job is not easy and has become even more complicated by this pandemic. When we drop off the our kids we are always greeted with a smile. Sometimes I think they follow some of the policies and procedures to far but I always say when I leave there at least I know they are being proactive. Thank you to all the Stepping Stones Staff for being there for our family and providing the best care you can during theses unpredictable times.

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Undisclosed Aug 05, 2020

This facility does not utilize social distancing of any kind, or face masks for children over the age of two, as required by NY health department guidelines.
There was a mixing of age groups in classrooms and in the outdoor play areas, which is considered a daycare violation.
Teacher had a mask hanging below her nose in her classroom during a class meeting. Children 3-4 years of age all sitting on a mat with no social distancing and no masks.
Toddler room had similar situation, except the assistant wore a mask, the teacher did not.
There were mixed age groups in this group, also a violation.
Infant teacher sitting in chair holding on infant and reading her phone, with loud “sleep time” music blaring in the darkened room.
Playtime out in front had mixed age groups (again) and no fencing in front. Facility located on a cul de sac with other businesses close by.
Another play area to the side of the facility is gated but has inappropriate structures for toddlers, who were present and standing on them.

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