Registration for the 2016-17 school year will open on July 11th at 7:30AM. Registration can be done in person at the Stepping Stones Office located at 318 E7th Street Davenport, Iowa, office hours are 7:30AM – 4:00PM Monday – Thursday. Registration forms are available at the office or online. New forms must be completed each year. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Please call if you have any questions, 563-528-0973. We will offer the Stepping Stones program at the following schools for the 2016-17 school year: Adams, Buchanan, Eisenhower, Fillmore, Garfield, Harrison, Hayes, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, McKinley, Monroe, Truman, Washington, and Wilson Elementary Schools. Please inquire for fees.
News, Events, and Announcements
Please enjoy the following video, as Stepping Stones staff members take time to reflect on the program, its impact on students, and what each of them learn while working with students:
Stepping Stones students visited Youth Fest today, on a pleasant morning where temperatures stayed just below 70 degrees. Youth Fest is an annual event that takes place at Fejervary Park and is organized by the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department. Students enjoyed the fun and educational event, engaging in art and music activities, a petting zoo, STEM activities, learning labs, and many other fun stations. Enjoy today’s photo gallery!
Registration for 2015-16 Stepping Stones after school programs opens on Monday July 6th, 2015.
All forms are available in the Stepping Stones office at 318 E 7th Street Davenport, Iowa or on this part of our web site. In order to register, all registration paperwork, a $25 registration fee, and one month prepayment is required. Stepping Stones does accept 3rd party payment, notice of decision must be provided in order to be considered registered, families are still responsible for the $25 registration fee. Please call the office at 563-528-0973 or email email@example.com with further questions. The Stepping Stones office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM – 4:00pm.
Amie Rogers, local artist and Augustana College graduate, has been serving as an AmeriCorps service member with the Stepping Stones program since August. She provides art enrichment to Stepping Stones youth, teaching students about design elements and art principles, while exploring different materials, media, and techniques. Shaney Ford, Stepping Stones Manager, says, “Art experiences have always been an important part of Out of School Time Programs. They give youth an opportunity to learn skills, practice techniques, experiment, and talk about their work, in a safe environment with caring adults. We do things in Stepping Stones that most of us never got to do at home, because we didn’t have the right materials – or it just made too much of a mess!” Jennifer Best, Stepping Stones evaluator says, “Research shows that participation in art gives youth an opportunity to express feelings, nurture self-efficacy, and encourage engagement with the community. It has also been linked to greater academic success.” Stepping Stones thanks Amie Rogers in her service to Stepping Stones during the 2014-2015 school year!
Stepping Stones staff have extensive training. All staff receive a standardized orientation, complete with training videos upon employment. At the beginning of each school year, staff engage in 20 hours of professional development, and during the school year, staff participate in an additional 12 hours of professional development. Prior to the summer session, staff receive 20 hours of training. In addition, all staff members are required to be certified Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter. Working together is a key part of a successful Out of School Time Program. At our most recent training, Stepping Stones staff completed a group exercise to practice these skills.
Ana Ito, enrichment instructor from Davenport Parks and Recreation, is continuing to provide a Japanese culture and language program during the 2014-15 school year at various Stepping Stones sites across Davenport. We caught up with her recently at McKinley Elementary, where students were learning to speak basic words and sentences, and also how to sing two songs in Japanese. Check out the photos!
On Wednesday November 5th, 2014, Megan Gilbert from the Pick a Better Snack Program stopped by Stepping Stones at Garfield Elementary to facilitate a really fun enrichment activity. Students worked with Megan to create homemade granola energy bars that consisted of oats, peanut butter, raisins, flaxseed, honey, and vanilla. Everyone involved had a fun time mixing ingredients and enjoying the snack, and there was even a little bit of mathematics integration going on during the activity. Nice going, students!
Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers recently hosted 50 professionals for a day of workshops at Davenport’s River Center. Afterschool program staff and administrators from across the state attended workshops on everything from engaging students, to budgeting, to STEM and reading intervention in afterschool. Staff from Davenport Community Schools and Stepping Stones presented on the following topics at the workshop:
The Role of the Principal in Afterschool, presented by T.J. Schneckloth, Steve Mielenhausen, and Tonya Wilkins (DCS Elementary School Principals)
Engaging Students, presented by Sarah Harris (DCS)
Hands-On STEM, presented by Jen Best (ISU Extension)
Summer Reading Intervention Programs, presented by Beth Evans, Tarrah Parrish, and Shaney Ford (DCS and Stepping Stones)
Ana Ito, enrichment instructor from Davenport Parks and Recreation, has been providing a Japanese culture and language program for six weeks at various Stepping Stones sites across Davenport. The following video shows Stepping Stones students at Eisenhower Elementary School singing “When You’re Happy and you Know It” in Japanese: