My name is Iliyah Demafeliz, and I am excited to be the Program Director at Building Kidz of Citrus Heights. I began my journey as an Early Childhood Educator four years ago. I have had the pleasure of working with children of all ages. I received my teaching credentials from ARC and am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Little Explorers: 13-24 months (1.5 yr – 2 years)
Our classroom provides an ideal environment to foster individual development and self-help skills. We use a scaffolded approach to learning through systematically building on students’ experiences and knowledge as they are acquiring new skills in order to enhance learning and aid in the mastery of tasks. Their curious minds are exposed to an enriched curriculum focusing on language development by using pictures, books and basic academics in their environment. Following simple instructions is implemented through circle time, story time, art, and curriculum projects. Besides the social, emotional development, we also focus on developing fine motor skills through fun and sensory activities. Our Little Explorers are ready to put to practice their newfound independence by exploring their surroundings as they come with a Brighter understanding of their world around them.Learn More
Little Learners: 25-30 months (2 yrs – 2.5 years)
Our classrooms are filled with endless learning opportunities to enhance children’s cognitive and language skills with basic academics through small-group activities that encourage investigation, exploration, and discovery. Our scaffolding approach is a critical component in teaching new tasks with multiple steps where our teachers provide support for students. Our children that are now engaging in short sentence conversions are able to absorb information within our curriculum that is designed to support creative expression, literacy and music by fostering their curious minds. By introducing skills that enable independence through enriching art projects and hands-on activities, we are ensuring they are able to expand concepts that were developed in Little Explorers.
Natureville: 31 – 42 months (2.5 – 3.5 years)
Our curious children are exposed to an environment which supports academic goals while immersing themselves into the beauty of the nature that surrounds them. Children are encouraged to explore within their classroom and within nature to incorporate a broader understanding of colors, shapes, letters and numbers. They are also taught during their creative circle to participate with open-ended questions that spark their cognitive, language and social skills. The children analyze information they know and continue to build their skills through experimenting, comparing and contrasting knowledge. Through everything they acquired while being in this group, the children are bursting with confidence and are ready to learn more about the world.
Around the world: 43 – 54 months (3.5 – 4.5 years)
This classroom provides an enriched and challenging hands-on curriculum that continues to ignite children’s inner curiosity enabling realistic learning opportunities through a solid routine that brings out their creativity. Exploring world geography, reading multicultural literature, researching world cultures, playing traditional games are just some of the ways we are building a community of global learners. Throughout the learning process, our students are able to watch their teacher model, or demonstrate, each step in the task or strategy multiple times. Such modeling and repetition allows students to understand both how to perform each step and why each step is important. In this phase our children are practicing by applying their knowledge and developing it further by learning about the world and its food, music and clothing. Children will get to explore and experience various cultures Around the World.
Exploratorium: 55 – 66 months (4.5 – 5.5 years)
Our super star explorers have already developed their Confidence, Commitment and Character and are now getting ready for the next phase in their preschool endeavors as future Kindergartners. These children will continue to be life-long learners and will foster the love for exploration by further building on their existing knowledge base from getting additional exposure to science, math and technology. We implement many opportunities for growth and will continue to build on their emotional, social, cognitive, physical, communication, and academic skills. When the children leave our program, they will be ready to embark on their next journey and will be prepared to take on new challenges confidently!Learn More
My first born daughter has been here since she turned two years old. I have loved this facility for her for many reasons and am comforted knowing my second daughter will be attending here as well. Miss Icee and Miss Iliya are great. They are constant, organized a d great with the children and my daughter sings their praises often!
We have loved the school so far. Our child has been in for 1 month and she enjoys going to school. She gets excited to go and always has a good time. Teachers are nice and welcoming.
We love Building Kidz of Citrus Heights!!!
It's a clean, open, friendly environment.
My daughter is 2.5 and has adjusted very well with never being in a preschool/daycare setting. I love the every day routine and structure. Mrs. Jenn and Mrs. Debbie have been so great!
Every day I know she is in excellent hands and is learning, making friends and having fun!
My name is Iliyah Demafeliz, and I am excited to be the Program Director at Building Kidz of Citrus Heights. I began my journey as an Early Childhood Educator four years ago.
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We are part of the Building Kidz Worldwide family of campuses, providing preschool and drop-in services for our community in Citrus Heights.. We are located at 8073 Greenback Ln, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 across from the Sunrise Mall.
Our philosophy is to develop the ‘whole child’. We focus on 6 key areas of development: emotional, social, cognitive, physical, communication, and academic. We create an environment where children are challenged intellectually and are engaged in an interest of lifelong learning through an intelligent integration of academics and performing arts. It is this philosophy and our preschool programs that has made us one of the top preschools and childcare services in America.
Our mission is to deliver a world class preschool experience resulting in children that love learning, connect with the performing arts, and demonstrate accelerated development of their character, confidence, and commitment.
Our curriculum is a comprehensive arts-integrated learning program in which children develop skills and knowledge of numeracy, literacy, music, arts, socialization, self-regulation and control, self-efficacy, morality, fine and gross motor skills, and emotional expression.
Additionally, our children perform two shows annually: a Broadway style production in June and a winter recital in December.
Our Franchisor, Building Kidz Worldwide, dedicates 25% of its profits to helping underprivileged children globally! You are not only making a great decision by choosing to partner with us in the development of your child, you are also helping children you may never meet at no additional cost to you.
If you are looking for a place where your child can grow to love learning, please visit us and see how our preschool in Citrus Heights can give your child the best start possible.