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Our Mission

We offer advanced instruction to children. We are committed to providing a quality preschool program where children not only learn but also feel safe and secure. We offer an environment where children can meet and exceed their full potentials. Your family will experience this same success as you step up to new and exciting milestones of academic excellence.

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A Woodlands Tradition for more than 20 years! See why our Students choose to carry on the tradition and send their families here!

Meet Our Owners

As cousins, it was always our dream to own and operate our own child care. We designed and built both of our facilities from the ground up beginning in 2000. We are truly a family-owned and family-operated business.

We hope to develop a mutually interactive relationship throughout The Woodlands community, not only for the betterment of our families and employees but for the betterment of the community at large.

Working with families and children has always been our passion. We embrace this opportunity to serve you and your precious families.

Erin McDowell
Erin McDowell

My name is Erin McDowell, and I am a mother of a college senior and a college freshman. My husband and I have lived in The Woodlands area for the last 22 years. I earned both my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. Whoop! In addition, I have volunteered my time in many local organizations, such as National Charity Roundtable, Yes to Youth, AVM Research Foundation, TWHS Baseball, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, and AIM Athletics to name a few.  I have enjoyed serving The Woodlands community for over 20 years.

Kellie Anderson
Kellie Anderson

My name is Kellie Anderson, and I am the mother of two college students. My husband and I have lived in Montgomery for over 20 years. Together, he and I have owned and operated Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park on Lake Conroe for over 10 years. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas A&M University. I earned my Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Finally, I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology back at Texas A&M University. In addition, I have served as the President for the National Charity League, Bentwater Volunteer Families, and the Bentwater Tennis Association. I served on the Montgomery ISD School Board for three years as well. I am also a member of the Bentwater Civic Association and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Jessica Mendoza, Director

Meet Our Director

Jessica Mendoza, Director

Jessica Mendoza has been working in the child care field for over 20 years. Ms. Mendoza began her career as a nanny for school-age children and quickly realized her passion for teaching young children. After joining Stepping Stones in 2003, she earned her Child Development Associates in 2004 and Director’s Certificate in 2010, and has been overseeing the school for well over 16 years. In addition, she has three beautiful children and a huge family.

“Stepping Stones is my passion and truly my home away from home. I believe the key to a great school is communication!”

Meet Our People in The Woodlands & Spring, TX


Stepping Stones Child Care’s Teachers are highly motivated and dedicated early childhood professionals. All of our Teachers are trained in principles of child development and methods in early childhood programs and child guidance.

We are committed to our Teachers and recognize them as vital components of a successful program for your children. We value each Teacher’s life experience and want to empower him or her as individuals.


Interested in a career at Stepping Stones Child Care? We’d love to hear from you! For additional information, please contact us.

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