Where every child shines!

Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow.

At Shining Star Preschool, we develop happy, independent, caring and creative thinkers.


About Us

Hello, my name is Juli Santoriello and I am the owner and licensed operator of Shining Star Preschool.  I was born and raised in Sacramento and have called Folsom my home for more than a decade.  I have spent over half my life teaching and mentoring children.  I am a fully trained and credentialed K-6 teacher with the State of California. My interest in working with children started at a young age, and continued on in college where I graduated from Sacramento State University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and with an emphasis in child development.   I was a teacher in the Elk Grove School District and have taught grades K-6. 

I ended my full time teaching position in Elk Grove with the marriage to my husband, Rob, and the responsibilities at home as a Mom raising my five children.  I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to explore preschool hands-on at a parent co-op preschool here in Empire Ranch, and have enjoyed the age and curriculum greatly.Now that my youngest child is in school, I decided to get back to what I truly love.  Teaching is my passion and I am excited to have the opportunity to develop happy, independent, and well rounded children.  I am excited to be working with your child here at Shining Star Preschool, where every child shines!

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow.  
At Shining Star Preschool  I develop happy, independent, caring and creative thinkers.

Our Philosophy
Our philosophy is based on balance.  The balance of structure, exploration, and independence.  Children will be stimulated with hands-on learning and encouraged to create and explore through their own discovery as well as teacher directed lessons.

Juli Santoriello


"We love Miss Juli and Shining Star Preschool. The class size is small and she spends individual time with each child. She also used to be an elementary school teacher, so she is well aware of all the skill the kids need to have before starting kindergarten. My son loves going to this school and I could not be happier."
- Ashleigh H.


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