Stepping Stones Studio

Finding good parenting resources takes time you just don’t have.
Enter Stepping Stones and our new podcast, Under the Cupola!

The whimsical cupola is the museum’s most prominent feature and serves as a beacon for all the hands-on learning and kid-powered fun that takes place here. Our podcast helps you support those learning journeys by bringing you expert perspectives about parenting topics that matter most to you.

Listen to our most recent episodes below, and make sure to click the subscribe button to be notified when new episodes are available!

Episode One:
Emotional Well-Being During Pandemic

Hear Yale Child Study Center’s Dr. Craig Bailey talk with our Director of Public Relations, Robert Townes, about how we can help our children overcome the social-emotional challenges presented by the pandemic.

Episode Two:
Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness

Robert sits down with Margie Gillis, President and Founder of Literacy How, and Sarah Sormillion, Director of our ELLI Preschool to discuss registering for preschools and how the pandemic will affect young learners.

Episode Three:
Talking about LGBTQ+ With Children

Robert meets with the Triangle Community Center’s Executive Director Edson Rivas and Programs Director Sydney Henck to discuss how to talk about LGBTQ+ with children and how to support identity exploration.

Episode Four:
Water Safety with Kim and Stew Leonard

In this episode, Robert Townes speaks with Kim and Stew Leonard Jr., who turned their own devastating experience with drowning into a family crusade to teach water safety with Stewie the Duck and help kids learn to swim through the Stew Leonard Three Water Safety Foundation.

Episode Five:
Youth Enrichment with Dod March and YES2

Podcast host Robert Townes meets with Dod March, Senior Manager of Youth Programs here at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, and several volunteers from the museum’s Youth Enrichment program YES2 to talk about how the program helps teens and tweens build real-world skills – and new friendships!

Episode Six:
Inclusivity and Resilience with CPARF

In this episode, special guest host Kevin Begley from STAR 99 interviews experts from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF)! They will share how they support ground-breaking cerebral palsy research, inspirational stories about coping with the pandemic and tips for helping your child have positive, inclusive relationships.

Episode Seven:
Choose Love Movement with Scarlett Lewis

In this special episode, Star 99.9‘s Kevin Begley is joined by Robert Townes, Director of Public Affairs at Stepping Stones with guest Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis was one of 20 students and six educators tragically killed during the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. In the wake of this tragedy, Scarlett was inspired by Jesse’s heroic actions in the last moments of his life to start the Choose Love Movement. Please join us to hear about the importance of social and emotional health in our society and how you can implement the Choose Love Movement in your own life.

Our new podcast is just one of the many exciting offerings coming out of our new digital platform, the Stepping Stones Studio!

In response to the community need for more engaging, high-quality, virtual and live learning content. Stepping Stones leverages its multidimensional, play-based learning approach to create an exciting new world of family-friendly, content-rich learning experiences.

The Studio connects children and families from around the state, across the nation and anywhere in the world there are eager minds that want to explore. Daily programming includes STEAM-powered, play-filled educational classes, clubs, workshops and other immersive events from the award-winning children’s museum that will inspire and delight young learners.

Watch samples of the content you can access with your subscription below!

“As a proponent of free play and gently guided exploration, I applaud the staff and studio at Stepping Stones for creating – and creatively delivering – relevant, engaging, open-ended content for kids of all ages. #FreeToBeAKid”

– Renata Bowers,
Frieda B. Children’s Book Series Author
“The work that the Stepping Stones Studio is doing will go a long way toward addressing the need for substantive virtual experiences. While Covid continues to necessitate the use of technology to support students’ exposure to content, Stepping Stones Studio will provide immersive, interactive, and content-rich learning experiences.”

– Dr. Margie Gillis, Ed.D.,
Founder of Literacy How
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