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OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.

MEET OUR TEAM

Qualified Teaching Opportunities Available

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CHRISTY AVILA

Owner

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.

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CINTHIA SANCHEZ

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Cinthia Sanchez has over 8 years of experience working in the field of Child Development. She obtained her B.A. in Child Development from California State University, San Bernardino. Cinthia has teaching experience with various ages, worked as a Child Enrichment Specialist for the Science of Parenting Program at CSUSB, and is now Director at Star Kids Preschool. Cinthia has worked closely with children and their families throughout the community to provide positive child guidance strategies. Additionally, Cinthia obtained her Child Development Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California and has extensive experience leading and guiding programs. 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 students, teachers, and parents, assuring they feel respected and happy to come to school.

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ABIGAIL AHUMADA

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Ms Abigail’s passion for working with children started when she began to babysit for friends and family while she was in high school. She is currently attending Chaffey Community College where she will be receiving her Associate degree in Psychology at the end of this year. Ms. Abigail plans on transferring to Cal State Fullerton to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her career goal for the future is to become a therapist for children. It has always been her goal to work with children and make a positive impact in their lives.

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LESLIE POLANCO-PARRA

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Ms. Leslie graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. She has always loved working with children. While attending high school, Ms. Leslie babysat for family. Throughout college, Ms. Leslie completed her fieldwork at a preschool, working with children ages of 3 to 4-years-old. Her passion to pursue a career in the field of child development truly began when she volunteered in early childhood settings. Ms. Leslie rejoices in how children think, learn, and apply what they are being taught. Most of all, as a teacher, she recognizes her ability to influence children in positive ways, at a young age. Ms. Leslie looks forward to continuing her education in child development and early childhood education.

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JOCELYN ALVAREZ

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Ms. Jocelyn graduated from Victor Valley College with an Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She has gained experience working in the field for the past four years. Ms. Jocelyn strongly believes that there is no greater joy than being able to teach such young minds, while watching them grow and develop each day. Ms. Jocelyn’s favorite quote comes from C.S. Lewis: “Children are not distraction from important work, they are the most important work.”

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MAYRA TALAVERA

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Ms. Mayra loves working with children because she enjoys seeing them grow and develop. Ms. Mayra has gained experience working with children for over 20 years. She worked as a computer class teacher and a teacher’s assistant for the Downey Unified School District for four years. Ms. Mayra also worked for a Montessori preschool for five years. She has continuously volunteered for a variety of schools throughout the years, too. Ms. Mayra attended and received her education at both Cerritos College and the University of Fresno.

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SARAH ALZAGA

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Sarah has studied at San Bernardino Valley College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is pursuing her Associate degree and Master Teacher Certificate. Sarah has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 3 years. She loves working with children because she enjoys using the tools she has gained through her education and experience to guide them, while watching them grow and develop.

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MONICA CORONADO

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Monica has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She began her journey in Child Development babysitting siblings and nephews. While in high school, Monica took an ROP Child Care class. She became a student worker and began working for the Rowland Unified School District after high school graduation. Monica then worked for the Walnut Valley Unified School District for 7 years, spending 6 of those years working with infants and toddlers and 1 year working with school-aged children in the after-school program. She has additional experience in the field working as a nanny. Monica is currently working toward obtaining her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education at Chaffey College. She believes working with children is the most rewarding job. Monica enjoys watching them grow and progress in different milestones and knowing she has a role in their development.

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KAREN ALVA

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Karen loves working with children because she likes to see how they grow and how their little minds work.  She has been working in the field of Early Childhood for 5 years. Karen took ROP Child Care in high school and emerged into the field after graduation.  She has obtained her core college units in Early Childhood Education and gained experience working with all age groups. Karen absolutely loves what she does and finds it fulfilling to continue to pursue her passion.

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DEZTINY ALAS

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Deztiny is currently a student at California Baptist University. She has completed 60 units. She has gained experience in Child Development by working with a variety of children. Besides being the oldest of 7, she has worked one-on-one with infants and toddlers as a nanny. Destiny has also worked in a facility setting with special needs children and adults, which required her to feed, change, interact, and teach everyone to master basic life skills. She is passionate about young children and her work. Deztiny is excited to be a part of the Star Kids staff.

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KARISSA REYES

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Karissa Reyes has a passion for creating engaging and nurturing learning environments. She is currently a student at Riverside City College and has been teaching young children for 2 years. Karissa believes that every child is unique and deserves to be respected, valued, and celebrated for who they are. She is committed to fostering a love for learning in each of her students and helping them develop the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

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EVELYN INOSTROS-HERNANDEZ

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Ms. Evelyn is extremely excited to continue her 4th year as a preschool teacher. Her experience has primarily been working with infants and toddlers. Ms. Evelyn is currently working on completing her associate degree in Liberal Arts and will continue to further her studies in Early Childhood Education.

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KIMBERLY ALVARADO

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Kimberly Alvarado is currently attending CSUSB, studying Child Development. She has gained experience through working with children in programs both at CSUSB and various after school programs.Kimberly also has experience working with children of all ages through babysitting and assisting with children within her family. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential.

For additional information on our course offerings or to talk with a member of our staff, please feel free to contact us.

WHAT OUR FAMILIES ARE SAYING

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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.

Taylor W.

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