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 is stayed till 2020.

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.

A huge property was purchased in 2014 and now the school is housed at its new location in Sucat, Parañaque.


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 Disabilities, Speech Language Impairments, Multiple Intellectual Disabilities, Orthopaedic Impairments, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, William Syndrome and other related development  impairments.

The school promotes inclusivity, with enrolled children coming from all sectors. We employ a socialized tuition fee where affording students pay in full and scholarships are available for those who cannot.