Building Kidz of Menlo Park

Where performing arts and learning take center stage!

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Sylvia Xuereb

Sylvia Xuereb

My name is Sylvia Xuereb and I am the Owner of Building Kidz of Menlo Park.

I have been with Building Kidz since 2014 and have enjoyed every minute of it! I have worked with children from 2-12 years of age as a Teacher, Head Teacher, Assistant Director and Site Director.

I have worked with children since 2001 and can’t imagine doing anything else.

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The preschool program at Building Kidz School

Preschool Program

Our preschool curriculum introduces language, math, science and social skills in a way to encourage learning at the child's own pace.

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Parent Testimonials

Great little school hidden among the trees, very welcoming and stimulating environment, awesome teachers.

Great experience for our 2-3 year old son, who since we arrived in the US had a hard time with English and was not used to classrooms and schools. He was in a small daycare before, so we were a bit apprehensive towards a big leap into a classroom, but Mrs Darcy, Jacquie, Mariana and Jordan, along with Sylvia provided a great environment and had all the patience in the world to care for him day to day. He opened up little by little, showed more and more confidence, and seemed to enjoy and learn from all the art activities in the school. We could really see the difference, and marvel at the progress he made along the way. Warmly recommended.

Both of my littles have been at BK since the moment they were old enough and I can't say enough great things. My older one now graduated to kindergarten and he is thriving, in part because of the experience he had at BK. I truly consider the teachers and staff to be like family. Not to mention that we have met some of our closest friends through BK and truly feel like the luckiest people in the world to have the school.

The school is small, which for some parents can be a negative. We love it because our kids form lasting friendships with their classmates. We also get constant communication throughout the day to let us know that our little guy is thriving and cared for, which is all we could ask.

In pre-pandemic times it was also incredibly convenient for my commute, but even now it is a neighborhood place for us and we are so lucky to have it.

Both of my littles have been at BK since the moment they were old enough and I can't say enough great things. My older one now graduated to kindergarten and he is thriving, in part because of the experience he had at BK. I truly consider the teachers and staff to be like family. Not to mention that we have met some of our closest friends through BK and truly feel like the luckiest people in the world to have the school.

The school is small, which for some parents can be a negative. We love it because our kids form lasting friendships with their classmates. We also get constant communication throughout the day to let us know that our little guy is thriving and cared for, which is all we could ask.

In pre-pandemic times it was also incredibly convenient for my commute, but even now it is a neighborhood place for us and we are so lucky to have it.

We love Building Kidz! Both our kids have been at BK since they were 2. The oldest is now a kindergartener and thriving, thanks to the social and academic foundation provided by BK. The younger one started his second year at BK this fall, following the re-opening after a brief closure due to the pandemic.

There are a million things I love about BK, but the most important to me is that my kids love it. The teachers make my children feel special. Their genuine love for children is so obvious, and I've never doubted that they care deeply about each of the students in their care.

Both our kids are on the shy side and the teachers at BK have been amazing at patiently supporting them through the social challenges of group activities, always making them feel comfortable about their own reactions to those activities and never pushing them past their comfort level. Both kids struggled to engage with the performing arts activities (dance, music, theater classes), but their teachers went above and beyond to make sure neither boy felt ashamed or inadequate about it. Eventually both kids came to love the group enrichment activities and learned to communicate more openly about feeling shy at times in other social settings. In the end, the performing arts activities at BK were really impactful because of the way the teachers helped my boys accept their own limitations and encouraged them to ease into participation as their comfort levels increased. I think that in other settings or with other teachers, the outcome may have been completely opposite.

I also really appreciate the drama-free nature of this place. Issues are managed swiftly and professionally. Teachers offer helpful advice and input when you ask for it, but you don't get a detailed play-by-play each day. Some parents are more involved than others but there is no pressure and there are no favorites.

I've had my two boys at Building Kidz MP since they were just over two. I selected this location based on the warmth and kindness of Sylvia Xuereb. She looks after each of the kids with the care and concern I would wish for in my absence. Each of my boys loved their time there and my youngest is still there and thriving…

Best decision to send child here. The teachers care for and love the kids. The place is spacious and clean. There is a nice dancing program and also park right next to it.

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Sylvia Xuereb

Sylvia Xuereb

Owner

My name is Sylvia Xuereb and I am the Owner of Building Kidz of Menlo Park.

I have been with Building Kidz since 2014 and have enjoyed every minute of it!

Darcy Howard

Darcy Howard

Program Director

My name is Darcy Howard and it is my honor to be able to have a part in shaping the future by having a positive impact on the children that I teach and care for.

Teacher

We Are Always Looking for Great Team Members!

Are you interested in working at a dynamic preschool that integrates the Performing Arts (dance, music, and theater) into age appropriate developmental guidelines to enhance whole child development and academic excellence within a world class environment? If so, then we want to hear from you — just click the button and email us your contact information.

Current Openings
Preschool Teacher Aide – Part Time

Building Kidz School of Menlo Park is a developmentally appropriate preschool program, designed to focus on children’s interests through academics and performing arts. For over 6 years, Building Kidz of Menlo Park has been able to provide children with a unique and rich early childhood education because we hire the highest quality teachers

We are currently seeking warm, nurturing, mature and creative teachers and teacher aides full time or part time. Each teacher will be a member of a teaching team. Primary responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Preschool ratio 1:9
Being an active and supportive member of his/her teaching team
CE units minimal with 2 or more years’ experience for Teacher
6 ECE units and 1 year experience for Teacher Aide
Strong commitment to education
Genuine passion for nurturing and inspiring children to
Solid interpersonal skills working in a team environment

At Building Kidz of Menlo Park Preschool we are committed to providing a positive, productive and rewarding environment for our staff.

We offer competitive compensation packages including medical, dental, tuition reimbursement and retirement benefits. Salaries based on education and experience.

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Ready to get started? Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Building Kidz of Menlo Park to get a personalized tour. See our classrooms and ask any questions you need. We can help your family thrive!

About Building Kidz of Menlo Park

We are part of the Building Kidz Worldwide family of campuses, providing Menlo Park preschool. We are located conveniently close to I-101 at 490 Willow Road inside the Willow Oaks Park.

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 Franchisor, Building Kidz Worldwide, dedicates 25% of its profits to helping underprivileged children right here at home and around the world!

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.

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 at the end of the school year and a winter recital in December.
It is this philosophy and our preschool programs that has made us one of the top preschools in Menlo Park.

If you are looking for a place where your child can grow to love learning, please visit us and see how our preschool in Menlo Park can give your child the best start possible.