Shining Stars was founded in 2002 and began in the home of Trish Murphy. She started this wonderful journey with the support of lifelong friends Christine, our director, and Sue, one of our Assistant Directors!
Over the years Shining Stars has outgrown not only the Murphy home, but a Central Street location, and most recently, the former Evans School on East Denver Street in Saugus.
Now Trish and her much-expanded Shining Stars family have found a permanent home in Cliftondale Square and could not be more proud of the newly renovated building that Shining Stars proudly calls home!
In this picture featured in an article by the Saugus Advertiser, Trish is standing in front of what will become the Older Toddler room behind her!
Our dedicated staff is the heartbeat of our school! Several have been with us since our opening day in 2002! Our Director, Miss Christine, and Assistant Director Miss Sue have been with Shining Stars since the beginning! Many staff have been with SSLC for 10-plus years!
We are so proud of the important connections they make each year with the children! Please reach out to them throughout the year with questions.
The connections are so strong at Shining Stars that two of these children actually grew up to work at Shining Stars! One of them is still working here while working on her college degree! It is not unique to find out that an assistant teacher at SSLC is a former student!
Shining Stars Learning Center believes each child is unique. We strive to meet their individual physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs based on the child's development, interests, abilities, culture, and learning style. Shining Stars bases its curriculum style on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences so that children
Shining Stars Learning Center believes each child is unique. We strive to meet their individual physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs based on the child's development, interests, abilities, culture, and learning style. Shining Stars bases its curriculum style on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences so that children will have a better understanding of the materials presented to them.
Each classroom typically begins circle at or about 9 am and we ask that all children arrive prior to that time.
Following Circle each classroom follows a schedule of learning activities, outside time (weather permitting),am snack, rest time and pm snack.
Please see individual Classrooms for specific times and more curriculum details.
Shining Stars is a proud participant of the Department of Early Education and Care grant funded by ECSO, which has enabled us to introduce the Literacy-Based, CLI/Bluprint for Early Learning Curriculum in all of our classrooms. Pre-school Classrooms also participate in the Lively Letters Phonemic Awareness Program.
Shining Stars families can communicate in many ways with our staff! We use the Brightwheel system for messaging privately between parents and staff. Additionally, we are available by phone throughout t the day and in person at pick up and drop off.
Parent Teacher conferences are held at regular intervals throughout the year and additionally as needed or requested by parents.