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Casa de los Angeles and Centro Infantil San Pablo

By April Pedersen

Two well-established nonprofit organizations in San Miguel, Casa de los Angeles and Centro Infantil San Pablo have announced that they are joining forces to become one organization which is now called Centro Infantil de los Angeles.

For the past 17 years, Casa de los Angeles has been serving the community by providing a daycare to low-income, working mothers. They have served thousands of children and now have the capacity to host 100 kids at any given time.

Centro Infantil San Pablo has also been operating in a very similar capacity, serving low-income families by providing preschool and kindergarten education for the same number of years. About 65 kids are afforded the opportunity to a safe, nurturing educational environment every year at Centro Infantil.

Merging these two important organizations means that the care they provide for these children and their families will now be expanded to include daycare for infants and toddlers and preschool and kindergarten education for young children.

The merger provides a wonderful opportunity to maintain stability in the lives of the children they serve for up to 6 years. This will provide a very solid foundation for entry into primary school since they will be under their care from the time they are babies.

Centro Infantil de los Angeles affords working parents the comfort of knowing their children are fed, nurtured and can learn in a safe, caring environment as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole.

An investment in children’s education at the Centro produces results. Many of the families Centro Infantil serves live on the outskirts of San Miguel in basic housing and often do not have access to water mains or electricity.

And even though the preschool students are from some of the most economically disadvantaged homes in San Miguel, over 70% of their scores were “above average” or “outstanding” in standardized tests given by the Secretary of Education.

While the merger is exciting, it’s also a bittersweet time for the organization as Donna Quathamer, the founder of Casa de los Angeles, who has grown the organization from an idea to serving 1267 children in 16 years, is stepping down from her leadership role. She will remain involved in an informal capacity and will continue to grace San Miguel with her presence. The community of San Miguel is eternally grateful for what she has done here and she deserves an incredible debt of gratitude for her tireless efforts.

Patricia Palacios, the former director of Centro Infantil is now serving as the Director of Centro Infantil de los Angeles. The energy and enthusiasm she brings along with her extensive knowledge in early childhood education will ensure the future success of the organization.

April Pedersen, a recent transplant, has also joined the new organization as the Director of Communications and will oversee all communications, fundraising and events. Her two decades of experience working with nonprofits in Washington, DC will be surely prove to be invaluable as the organization grows to better serve families in most need.

The community is invited to participate in their first event as a combined organization on Thursday, October 19 at Casa de la Cuesta. TIMKA! Will perform. Tickets can be purchased here:

actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/a-benefit-happy-hour-hora-feliz-con-timka

Donations can be made here: centroinfantil.or

 

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