Stepping Stones registration forms are now available for the 2014-15 school year! To download printable PDFs of these forms, please visit our Brochures and Forms page.
News, Events, and Announcements
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:
2014 summer enrichment registration forms are now available!
Summer 2014 Forms
Stepping Stones Summer Enrichment Program 2014
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Adams Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Buchanan Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Eisenhower Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Garfield Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Hayes Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for JB Young Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Jefferson Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Monroe Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Washington Students
YMCA Wrap Care Form for Wilson Students
Tomas Miranda from Casa Guanajuato recently stopped by Washington Elementary’s Stepping Stones program to continue a multi-day enrichment on the art of clowning. During the visit, students recapped what they had learned about three different types of clowns in the prior week, and then participated in a craft activity where they made clown hats. Some students opted to create decorative, patterned hats while others decided to tell a story through a visual narrative. When finished, students voted on their favorite hats, and Tomas handed out prizes to everyone, thanking students for their participation. Thanks to Casa Guanajuato for partnering with Stepping Stones during our out of school time programming!
Bret Dale, Programming Assistant at the River Music Experience, recently visited Wilson Elementary School to provide a musical enrichment activity for Stepping Stones students. Mr. Dale talked about the basic structures that tie all types of music together, including a lesson on the basics of sheet music and how to count to a musical beat. He also entertained students with fun and informative stories pertaining to musical folklore and the history of blues music. Students greatly enjoyed the culminating sing-along activity that involved a Halloween-themed group performance. During the song, students joined in by naming bugs and monsters that, as the song’s refrain said, “don’t scare me.” Thanks to the River Music Experience for partnering with Stepping Stones to provide quality out of school time programming for our students!
Stepping Stones is being showcased at the Iowa Afterschool Alliance’s conference, “Impact After School,” sponsored by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and the Iowa Department of Education. Program leaders Shaney Ford and DeMetria Isabel traveled to Des Moines to lead a session on community collaboration in after school and summer programming. The conference features best practices and exemplary programs from across the state.
Leaders of the Davenport Community Schools, City of Davenport and ISU Extension and Outreach visited the Monroe Elementary Stepping Stones program on Tuesday. Mayor Bill Gluba, Alderman Nate Brown, Monroe Principal T.J. Schneckloth, Superintendent Art Tate, ISU Extension Director Becky Bray, school board member Bill Sherwood, and a host of other Davenport Community Schools staff members toured the program and met in a planning session for the collaboration. Begun in 1999 the partnership has grown to serve every public elementary school in Davenport, Blue Grass and Buffalo with low or no cost after school and summer enrichment programming.
Five representatives on a Rotary Exchange visit from Chile learned about the Stepping Stones after school and summer model. The visitors met with school district and Extension leaders to learn about the programming and impact of this award-winning collaboration between the City of Davenport, Davenport Community Schools and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Last week, nearly eight hundred students of the Stepping Stones program celebrated a gorgeous afternoon with an Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt! To view a slideshow of photos from the day, click on “Read More” at the bottom of this post.
Stepping Stones is a collaboration between Davenport Community Schools, the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department, and Iowa State University Extension. The award-winning program serves seventeen of our elementary schools with high-quality before and after school enrichment programs, as well as top-notch summer programming. To learn more information about registration, please visit our Important Forms page.
You may also contact the Stepping Stones office at 563-336-5033.