Stepping Stone has come a long way since its creation as a project of the Rotary Club of Makati in the early 1970's. Back then, the goal was to provide education for indigent children from across the street from where the Rotary building was and still is located. Over time, more and more children with special needs were becoming part of the student population, earning a reputation as a school for Special Education. Because of the growing student population, the Rotary Club of Makati invited Clubs from District 3830 and seven (7) other clubs from Makati took on the challenge to run the school.
In 1986, Stepping Stone was formed into a non-stock, non-profit foundation under the name Development Center for the Handicapped Foundation, Inc. (DCHFI). For 25 years, the Foundation was run by eight (8) Rotary Clubs including the Rotary Club of Makati. In 2005, the Foundation moved to Bernardino Street also In Guadalupe Viejo where it still is today.
In late 2013, the foundation changed its name to Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation, Inc. to reflect a more appropriate identity as the premiere school for special education in the country and in keeping with its vision of creating a Center for Excellence in Special Education.
In 2014, the foundation acquired a one hectare property in Sucat Parañaque, a former elementary school owned and operated by the Augustinian Recollect Sisters.
Stepping Stone is on the move, building a better future for our special needs community.
What is the Role of Stepping Stone?
Center for Excellence takes care of children with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, using or modifying the general education curriculum to meet the child's individual needs. Primarily, we teach them life skills and basic literacy, so that they can become functioning members of society.
Our special education teachers instruct students at the pre-school, elementary and pre-vocational level. Our special education program caters to children with various types of disabilities. These include specific Learning Dissabilities, Speech Language Impairments, Multiple Intellectual Disablities, Orthopaedic Impairments, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, William Syndrome and other related development impairments.
95% of the student enrolled in the center come from indigent families. Families with income from zero to P10,000 00 a year, with unemployed family members or who have insufficient family income not enough to cover for the daily necessities, are not able to send their child for special education. Most of these families live in areas as informal settlers. They live on a hand-to-mouth existence and in very uncomfortable conditions.