Star Room

The Stars are a full time preschool program for children ages 4 years to 5 years old who must be going to kindergarten in the upcoming year.

Curriculum

We are happy to welcome you to the Star Room for an exciting year of growth in your child’s life. The Star Room is made up of ~19 children who are or will be turning five years old throughout the school year. Keeping in mind each child’s unique qualities and interests, the Star Room incorporates developmentally appropriate activities while promoting an increased independence in your child. Their time at North Broadway Children’s Center will further their social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills.

Star Teachers

Becca Cao

Star Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    July 2016
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    A pink stuffed animal shaped like a pig!
What do you love most about working with children?

I love seeing children interact with new things and people! To watch them learn so much while playing and enjoying childhood is so rewarding!

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I am complimented on being attentive to detail and working hard at the tasks in front of me.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love to make and look at art! I love doing crafts and making things with my family and friends.

Melissa Gass

Star Room Lead Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    June 2003
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    Care Bears
What do you love most about working with children?

I love that each day is always different. You never know what will happen when working with 5 year olds!

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Probably how I help children work thru conflicts and big emotions, using language that supports them and their needs. Also, my enthusiasm! I truly love what I do each day. Not everyone gets to go to work and be pulled into "salon", watch a child write their name for the first time, or learn how to play chess from a 5 year old!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Love to cook with my family. Enjoy trying new foods and recipes. We also have some epic nerf battles!

Hillery Hentges

Star Room Assistant Teacher


  • Joined NBCC:
    TBD
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    TBA
What do you love most about working with children?

Please ask.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Please ask.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Please ask.

Our Environment

The Star Room is divided into several areas that help promote child development and uphold the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards. While the room arrangement may occasionally change, the purpose of each space remains the same-to nurture the children's interests and support their ideas and existing knowledge.

Star Room Areas
  • Art space
  • Manipulatives
  • Block space
  • Sensory Table
  • Homeliving
  • Woodworking
  • Book space
  • Light table
  • Discovery table
  • Calming space
  • Writing Table
  • Playdoh/Flubber table

Licensing Policies

All sleep items must be stored in a plastic bag on the cots for sanitary reasons. We recommend a travel size pillow to allow for easy and safe cot storage to adhere to licensing regulations.

Teachers who are on the phone are not counted as in ratio. This means that teachers may not take phone calls or return calls until the entire teaching team is present. Emails and messages left with the office will be returned promptly.

Special occasion treats must be store bought and in their original packaging. We no longer allow homemade treats such as cupcakes, brownies, cookies, etc. for birthdays or other celebrations. Instead, we encourage healthy eating choices. Please see a teacher if you need help thinking of a healthy alternative.

Our Stars shine bright!

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Nut-Free Zone

NBCC is a nut free zone due to the severity of peanut and tree nut allergies in children. Please be sure to avoid sending products with peanuts, peanut butter and tree nuts even on field trip days.

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Classroom Electronics

Drop off and pick up time is an important time when teachers can meet with you and talk about your child's day. We would greatly appreciate that cell phones remain off during these times.

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Information Packet

Our Star Room information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.

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