Stepping Stones Full-Day Preschool program

Full-day, year-round preschool program

Register for the 2018-19 school year!

Online registration for the 2019-20 school year opens Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. 

There will not be a lottery this year. In-district families have priority registration until Feb. 14 at 7:59 a.m. At 8:00 am on Feb 14, all out-of-district registrations will be processed on a space-available basis.

Plan now for 2019-20 preschool at Hopkins! Join us at our January Visit Us events!

2019 Stepping Stones 'Visit Us' Open House Dates

  • Gatewood Elementary: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    14900 Gatewood Drive, Minnetonka
  • Meadowbrook Elementary: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
    5430 Glenwood Avenue, Golden Valley
  • Tanglen Elementary:  Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    10901 Hillside Lane, Minnetonka

About Stepping Stones Preschool

Engaging classrooms, nurturing teachers, discovery-based curriculum, social and school readiness development — all designed to ignite your child's love for learning and build a solid foundation for kindergarten and beyond. Stepping Stones is an unparalleled year-round, year-before-kindergarten preschool.

Open from 6:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at convenient west metro locations: Tanglen Elementary School in Minnetonka, Gatewood Elementary School in Minnetonka, and Meadowbrook Elementary School in Golden Valley. Children must be 4 years old as of September 1 to attend.

An exceptional preschool choice

  • Our curriculum. Developmentally appropriate, our guided, discovery-based curriculum is inspired by the signature Reggio Emilia Approach. The curriculum adapts to the interests of the children and allows them to plan, think, experiment, evaluate and amend their ideas.
  • The environment. We boast creative, engaging classrooms and natural playgrounds that encourage exploring and inspire learning.
  • Our well-trained teachers. Not only do all hold a master's or bachelor's degree, they have extensive experience in creating nurturing surroundings that kindle curiosity and boost learning.
  • Social and emotional growth. Your child will make social, academic, and physical connections to school, while creating long-lasting social relationships with peers.


More about Stepping Stones curriculum:

Inspired by the signature Reggio Emilia Approach, we foster critical thinking skills, as well as social and emotional growth in a guided discovery-based setting that helps prepare children for kindergarten.

Activities and exploration will be provided in: music, STEM/science, art, cooking, computers, math literacy kills, social skills, literacy activities, problem solving, cooperative activities, indoor and outdoor play times, large muscle activities, fine motor skills, and dramatic play. We also offer:

  • Field trips.
  • Natural outdoor playscapes.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks.
  • A transition and introduction into the elementary school.


Stepping Stones 2019-20 Tuition Information:

  • Full Year -  $1,010/month
  • School Year - $1,045/month

Tuition is a yearly total divided into equal monthly payments for your convenience. Once enrolled, any change to your contract may affect this monthly payment. Please note: Prices are subject to change, please call our office for the most accurate tuition information: 952-988-5000.

Once your registration is confirmed, you are able to withdraw by July 1, 2019 and receive a credit of your deposit.  Please note: Your $30 registration fee is non-refundable. No refund will occur after the July 1 deadline.  Once school has begun, provide us with a 30 day notice and we will apply your deposit to your tuition balance at that time. If less than 30 days is given, your deposit is forfeited. If your family chooses the full year Stepping Stones preschool option, the monthly fee is calculated to include two weeks of vacation as a credit, as long as your preschooler continually attends Stepping Stones from September to August. 


  • Gatewood Stepping Stones, 14900 Gatewood Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • Tanglen Stepping Stones, 10901 Hillside Lane, Minnetonka 55305
  • Meadowbrook Stepping Stones, 5430 Glenwood Drive, Golden Valley, MN 55422


Please call our office at 952-988-5000 or email Kathy Willett, preschool programs supervisor:


Gatewood Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Gatewood Stepping Stones Preschool families.

Meadowbrook Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Meadowbrook Stepping Stones Preschool families.

Tanglen Stepping Stones Preschool

For our Tanglen Stepping Stones Preschool families.

No School/Bag Lunch Days 2018-19 (pdf, 77 KB)

Click here for the days the elementary schools will not be in session. Stepping Stones is open, but lunch will not be provided. Please plan to send a bag lunch with your child on these days.

Explore Hopkins Preschools at a Glance (pdf, 316 KB)

Use this comparison chart to find the Hopkins Preschool option that is right for your family!

Contact Stepping Stones

CE Stepping Stones Contact 952.988.5000

Kathy Willett
Preschool Supervisor
Hopkins Community Education
125 Monroe Avenue
Hopkins, MN 55343

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tanglen Stepping Stones
Gatewood Stepping Stones
Meadowbrook Stepping Stones