About Shining Stars Academy

Mission Statement

The Shining Stars Academy Inc. mission is to provide a secure, nurturing, loving and stimulating environment that encourages and promotes developmental growth in all areas of learning as well as help children to develop to their fullest potential. We are committed to providing the highest quality childcare, early education, and work/life solutions in the nation.

Shining Stars Academy Inc. is privately founded and owned child development center by Vic & Mayra Cintrón de Shahid in 2005. We are located in the East Arrowood area in Charlotte North Carolina.


After looking for child care for our two year old son, my husband and I were getting discouraged by the lack of quality child development centers in the area. Having a degree in Early Childhood Development and over fourteen years of hands on experience in the child care industry I know how important these first years are for children.

I’ve been involved in managing high quality child care programs for over eight years in other states and had spent four years as a teacher and caregiver. I know what to look for when looking for a child care facility and I just wasn’t finding it in the Charlotte area.

That’s when we decided to take matters into our own hands and start a center that would live up to our standards and be something that provides value to the community. Between the two of us we have the knowledge, experience, skills and most of all, the desire and commitment to build an exceptional Center not only for our child but others.


In 2005 Shining Stars Academy Inc. was formed to create an early childhood education environment far superior to any available in any area we operate in. Children learn through play and hands on activities, experimentation and exploration, which helps their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development.

We value our parents, our staff, and the opportunity that we have to be a part of your child’s development. The impact that we can have as partners for children is beyond measure! We believe that parents leaving their children with us should feel confident that the quality of care and environment would be as nurturing and safe to their child as in their own care, if not better.

For the children:

  • We believe each child is a unique individual,
  • We nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential,
  • We support families through strong partnerships,
  • We provide a physical environment that is safe, and healthy, clean and child friendly,
  • We have a commitment to excellence in services,
  • We provide a nurturing, safe and healthy environment for children,
  • We nurture each child’s unique qualities and potential,
  • We maintain a professional work atmosphere,
  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities that focus on the process of learning by helping them enjoy successful experiences,
  • Arrange classrooms so they offer challenging play and learning choices at a range of developmental levels,
  • Provide learning centers that allow children the opportunity to explore, to experience and most importantly to succeed.

Professionally we strive to:

  • To serve as a supportive network and resource for families and provide a flexible, responsive service that meets the needs of families, Hiring capable, qualified and motivated employees that exhibit a naturally caring nature, love to work with children, and take pride as caregivers,
  • To create a work environment that encourages professionalism, growth, and diversity,
  • Support families through strong partnerships,
  • Collaborate with employers to build family friendly workplaces,
  • Grow a financially strong organization.


  • We value, encourage and reward:
  • Love of Learning
  • Passion for Excellence
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Innovation
  • We aspire to do this successfully to make a difference in the lives of children, families and in the communities where we live and work.

Our Prayer

God’s Prayer!

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I am blessed because You are forgiving and understanding. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to You.

I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper about things over which I have no control. And it’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak… Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way… I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those that don’t believe.

But I thank you that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight