At Star Kids Preschool, our philosophy is to provide a variety of academic and creative learning experiences in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. Our developmentally appropriate classrooms will encourage each child to reach his/her full potential cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. Each child will have the opportunity to explore the areas of education appropriate for his/her age and stage of development, while utilizing his/her five senses, therefore enabling the child to develop a feeling of accomplishment and self-confidence.
Young children develop rapidly. In fact, more development occurs during the first five years than at any other stage of life. A balance of social, emotional, intellectual, and physical stimulation is essential for development to be optimal. In our program, we support and enrich individual development through several goal areas.
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In 2017 Star Kids Preschool was opened by Christy Avila.
As a young adult, Christy Avila worked in a variety of child development programs with young children. She began her career in early childhood education while in high school. She spent 2 years working as an instructional aide in a toddler classroom, for a private preschool. She was offered a full-time teaching position after high school graduation, as a 3-year-old teacher. After 2 years, Christy accepted a full-time position as a Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Within a year, she was promoted to Assistant Director. After working in a private preschool setting for 6 years, Christy began teaching Pre-Kindergarten at a State Preschool for the Colton Joint Unified School District. She taught State Preschool for 2 years. Christy then accepted a position working for the San Bernardino City Unified School District as an R.O.P. Child Development Careers teacher. There, she spent 12 years teaching high school students the fundamentals of child development and supervised their community-based internships at local preschools and daycare centers.
Throughout her career, Christy earned several degrees, including her M.S. in Early Childhood Education, a B.A. in Child Development, a B.A. in Psychology, and an A.S. in Early Childhood Studies. She also obtained her Program Director Child Development Permit from the State of California and maintains an active membership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
As an advocate for quality early childhood education, Christy opened Star Kids Preschool to fulfill her dream of providing the best care and early education for young children.
Cinthia Duong has over 5 years of experience working in the field of Child Development. She has obtained her B.A. in Child Development from California State University, San Bernardino. Cinthia worked as a Child Enrichment Specialist for the Science of Parenting Program at CSUSB, where she worked closely with children and their families throughout the community to provide positive child guidance strategies. In addition, Cinthia obtained her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California and has experience working as an Assistant Manager for various child care centers. She had the pleasure of teaching the 4-year-old classroom at the private school, Rancho Heritage School, in Rancho Cucamonga. Cinthia continues to expand her learning in the field to find new ways to make children love learning in their own individual ways. Her focus is on her students and assuring they feel respected and happy to come to school.
Ms. Lauren has been in the child development field for three years. She currently attends and earned her units for early childhood education and infant care units at San Bernardino Valley College. Ms. Lauren has an Associate Teacher Permit. She has experience working with children from infancy to three-years-old. While working in the field of child development, Ms. Lauren also ran the youth program at a local library branch. She continues to grow her knowledge in the field and has a great passion and love for the children in her care.
Cecilia Trujillo has spent the past 3 years working with children. She worked at an after school program called Think Together for 2 years with students in grades 2nd-5th. While working there, she received her Associate degree in Liberal Arts: Humanities & Fine Arts at San Bernardino Valley College. She continued her education at Cal State University of San Bernardino and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Cecilia’s goal is to pursue a Master of Science degree in School Counseling and continue making a positive impact in children’s lives.
Bianca Camacho has gained a passion for child development and education, throughout the years. At the age of 18, she applied for a job at a company called Rocket Learning. She became a tutor for Kindergarten-6th grade students. During those 2 years of working as a tutor, she received her Associate degree in Administration and Information Systems, an Associate degree in Social and Behavioral Science, and gained certification as an Early Education Assistant at Riverside City College. Her passion for teaching and child development did not stop there. Bianca decided to attend CSUSB to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development - Child Track. She participated in internships at KinderCare and Teddy Bear Tymes Preschool, where she became an active observer. In December of 2018, Bianca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development. She knew she had to put everything she learned into practice. Bianca decided to apply at Star Kids Preschool. She is now actively assisting in a classroom setting, learning from amazing teachers. As Bianca learns and gains more knowledge, her passion and excitement grows for education and child development. She will soon pursue a Master degree in Education, with a specialization in Child Development.
Carmelita Windom began working with young children at an early age. She volunteered and worked as a Camp Counselor for Parks and Recreation of Pasadena every summer, while attending middle and high school. During college, Carmelita volunteered at Lake Avenue Preschool in Pasadena. She earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Pasadena City College, specializing in Infant and Toddler Care. She gained teaching experience working at a Montessori school in Denver, Colorado. Carmelita also worked for KinderCare for 8 years. She has taught children of different ages, ranging from Infants through Prekindergarten.
Araceli Hernandez developed an interest in Early Childhood Education as a profession when she took her child development class in 2014. She is currently pursuing admission into La Verne University’s Child Development Program to obtain her bachelor’s degree. For 3 years, Araceli assisted her community church with their childcare program. It was these experiences that motivated her to further her education in Child Development. Araceli believes that children are an essential part of our nation’s future. Therefore, she believes it is important to work closely with the families of the children here at Star Kids Preschool, to ensure a strong beginning foundation for the students. Araceli strives to provide the best quality care for all the children she works with. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Star Kids staff and looks forward to helping students achieve their developmental goals.
Kassandra began her journey in Early Childhood 6 years ago. She enrolled in ROP Child Development Careers and completed her field work at a nonprofit child care center. Kassandra fell in love with the career path and chose to further her education in Early Childhood. She attended SBVC to complete the necessary units to become a fully qualified Infant/Toddler Teacher. She rejoices in having the opportunity to help children grow and develop in their early stages of life.
Shanae Harris has always maintained a passion for working with children of all ages. Shanae's career began at San Bernardino Valley College, where she gained experience as a student worker in their child development center. Shanae then worked as an Academic Case Manager for the Youth Action Project, at San Bernardino High School. She gained further experience in the field of Early Childhood Education as a School-Aged Teacher for Helping Hands Child Development Center. Shanae now happily resides here at Star Kids Preschool, as one of our phenomenal teachers!
Ms. Gema’s love for teaching children came from coaching recreational/competitive gymnastics for children ages 18 months to 18-years-old. She started coaching at the age of 15. It was at Riverside Community College, where Ms. Gema fell in love with the Early Childhood Education program and teaching tiny humans. She completed her AS degree in Social and Behavioral Science in 2019. Currently, Ms. Gema is obtaining her BA in Human Development and Psychology. She plans on furthering her education and pursuing a master’s degree. As an infant/toddler teacher, her mission is to facilitate growth and learning through positive interactions, and to help her babies grow to their fullest potential! Ms. Gema absolutely loves being a light in a child’s life, and being able to have an opportunity to be an enriching soul for others is her life’s mission.
Ms. Diana’s passion for early childhood education began in 2016, after she took her first child development course at Chaffey College. In 2017, she began working for Mountain View Preschool, where she gained experience working with children ages 2 to 4-years-old. Ms. Diana also began tutoring school-age students. Ms. Diana currently has 24 units in child development and is working on obtaining her associate degree. She plans to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino, where she can further her education in child development and earn a bachelor’s degree. Ms. Diana always knew she wanted a career that would allow her to make a difference; teaching is the perfect way for her to do just that. Every day she is honored to influence and change the lives of students. Ms. Diana enjoys opening their minds to new possibilities and experiences.
Ms. Shelby has always had a passion for working with children. She began working with children in high school as a babysitter for family and neighbors. After high school, Ms. Shelby decided she wanted to get her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development – Child Track, and a second Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While at Cal Sate San Bernardino, Ms. Shelby gained more experience by completing internships at KinderCare and the child care center located on campus. She was hired by KinderCare and worked there for 2 years. Ms. Shelby also worked for Prestige Preschool Academy for 2 years. She received both of her degrees in December of 2019. Ms. Shelby is excited to be part of Star Kid Preschool’s team!
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WHAT OUR FAMILIES ARE SAYING
My child has been attending Star Kids for a year now and I love this place! The staff are so friendly and happy to work with my crazy schedule. The school is disinfected on a regular basis including all of the toys. Food is provided everyday. They help potty train. I can't rate this school enough!!! I'll be sad once my child graduates to kindergarten.