Stepping Stones Celebrates End of School Year

Nine children stand under a balloon arch.

Twenty-eight students and their families celebrated as the children at Stepping Stones School marked the end of a school year that included many developmental milestones, lots of learning, and an exciting move into a new school building.

The June 18 ceremony featured nine Preschool students, eight Transition Kindergarten students, and 11 Primary classroom students. What would traditionally have been a graduation and farewell for some of the Primary-aged children instead became a moving up, as seven of the students will be entering the new “Primary Plus” classroom for the 2024-2025 school year, now that the larger school building allows for extending the ages of student enrollments. The ceremony included singing and dancing, a photo slideshow, and the presentation of a framed photo gift to each student.

The school’s Extended School Year began this month.

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities.  Located in Fairfield, NJ, the school is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs.  For more information, or to request a virtual tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Robin Moses, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or