Corey and Kathy met in 2006 when their girls were in the same kindergarten class. They quickly established a strong bond and friendship that has carried the business to be what it is today. Together they started Big Star Studios in 2011 when they discovered a growing need for performing arts in the Snoqualmie Valley area. After five years of getting Big Star Studios on the map Corey decided to pursue her life-long dream of opening a preschool and thus Little Stars Preschool was born!
Opening Little Stars Preschool has been a long-time dream of Corey’s since she started teaching in Bellevue School District many years ago. Corey has a degree in Human and Child Development from Washington State University (GO COUGS!) and went on to get her master’s degree in Education at Western Washington University. After teaching Kindergarten through third grade in public school for years Corey decided to stay home and raise her four children. As her fourth child got older, she knew she wanted to get back to work with children. In 2011, Big Star Studios was born out of a shared passion for educating children in the arts with Corey’s close friend, Kathy Gehrig. Once Big Star Studios was well underway and successful Corey knew it was time to get to work on her dream of opening a Reggio Emilia preschool.
In 2017 Little Stars Preschool became a reality when the studio moved into a new 4000 square foot space and was able to build out two beautiful Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms. The program has been growing leaps and bounds ever since! We now have an additional building in downtown Snoqualmie with two more classrooms and three gorgeous outdoor classrooms for our Nature School. Students who walk through our doors are given so much more than just kindergarten readiness. Students build confidence, learn team-building skills, create lasting friendships, experience positive role models, and have lasting memorable experiences. Our approach to teaching is a child-led, play-based curriculum that embraces all the qualities each student has to offer. With nine amazing teachers and two support staff here at Little Stars Preschool you will not find a more dedicated, enriching, and supportive program for your preschooler. We prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond!
Couldn’t be happier!
Our daughter was in the Little Star’s Preschool program for two years before going to kindergarten. She has always been hesitant in new situations and the teachers and staff at Little Stars were so friendly and welcoming that our daughter quickly warmed up and felt at home. Every day she came home excited about what she learned and often spent our entire dinnertime telling us every detail of her day. My sons regularly made comments like “wow, wish we could do that all day!” Nature day with Miss Claire was so amazing. She was encouraged to get her hands dirty which she eventually did and was so proud of herself afterwards. Overall, we couldn’t be happier with our experience and how our daughter has adapted so well to kindergarten life thanks to her time at Little Stars. They have figured out how to educate our kids while teaching them to explore their creativity and building self-confidence and independence – lessons that will last them a lifetime. Thank you Little Stars!I just wanted to take a minute to let you know what an amazing experience we have had a Big Star. Our son Zach has absolutely blossomed being a part of your Musical Theater Class. Before taking classes at Big Star, Zach was very shy and lacked self confidence. We find it absolutely amazing what Kathy has been able to get Zach to do on stage. Sing, dance and monologues, he is in his element on stage. Sports were never Zach's 'thing', but with Big Star, he finally feels like he is a part of something special. He would be there every day if he could!
With praise and gratitude for Big Star Studios, we put our highest recommendation on Little Stars Preschool. Coming from a family of educators, with three kids who have been benefited from the programs at Big Star, our hearts are always filled with joy seeing our kids smiling ear-to-ear at drop off and pick up. We love how Big Star puts an emphasis on creative learning, learning by doing and discovery, and really plays off students' individual interests and desires which makes learning fun, interesting, and desirable. In addition to the learning and creative atmosphere that we love , the staff at Big Star are always so willing to work with individual family's needs and schedules and have made the preschool experience for our family such a positive one. We are grateful for everyone at Big Star Studios and our kids LOVE the preschool and programs they offer.
We’re entering our fourth year with Little Stars and I can’t say enough great things about the teachers, staff and program! They go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a wonderful experience. My oldest graduated this past spring and I am confident the program has fully prepared him for kindergarten. My three-year-old will be starting his second year and has been asking all summer if he can return to school yet. He loves being there and I’m confident that he’s learning and developing in a safe and nurturing environment. I highly recommend Little Stars to anyone with preschool-aged kids!
My daughter, Abby, has been in preschool at Little Stars for almost two years now. We were there before COVID, through the closures, and since. We have been incredibly impressed with how Corey and her amazing team have handled this hard time with closures, remote preschool, and transitioning into a safe in-person experience for the kids. They have done a great job with their safety regulations and teaching the kids to still have just as much fun while wearing a mask, learning to wash hands frequently, distancing while eating, and having a day of “nature school” where they play outside all day. They have allowed Abigail to feel that this time was pretty normal, which is such a gift since the last year has been anything but! Little Stars has been an oasis where she can grow and learn and we are so happy to have found it.
Both of our children love Little Stars Preschool. The atmosphere there is so unique and special, unlike any other pre-school I have seen. Our daughter struggled in other school environments until she found the perfect fit at Little Stars. The art based curriculum brought out her creativity and sparked her imagination in a way that I had never seen before. She truly flourished there and has loved every bit of her time with the wonderful teachers who nurtured her artistic spirit. Our son has been at Little Stars for a year now and is so happy there. He can’t wait for school and always has so many exciting stories to tell his friends and teachers. As a mother I feel so blessed to have found such a wonderful atmosphere for my children to learn in. Little Stars Preschool is truly amazing and I am so grateful my kids get to experience such joy in going to school.