Center For Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation, Inc. is a Learning & Therapy Center. It started as a project of the Rotary Club of Makati in the early 1970’s. Stepping Stone was established to provide education for indigent children from across the street from where the Rotary Club of Makati 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. After 46 years, Stepping Stone is extending its experience and services to children with special needs to a bigger school in Parañaque.