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Early Childhood Center

The San Angelo Early Childhood Center provides an enviroment for our children to develop and prepare for school. This non-profit organization primarily serves low-income families with 200 thriving children under their roof.
The San Angelo Early Childhood Center provides an environment for our children to develop and prepare for school. This non-profit organization primarily serves low-income families with 200 thriving children under their roof.

The Early Childhood Center serves children ranging from 7-weeks-old to five-years-old in age. Executive Director, Irma Contreras, takes pride in the daycare she has helped build.

"My biggest focus is for children to learn, this is the most important time of their life. These are the years where they really do a lot of their learning, so this is my main focus and has  been my focus for 30 years," Contreras said.

According the the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 about 24 percent of children four years and younger spent the most amount of time in a center-based arrangement like the Early Childhood Center.

Contreras says learning is pivotal for our young people, and providing a rigorous curriculum for their children by their well- trained teachers are just a couple reasons the center achieved a 4-star "Texas Rising Star" certification.

"We try to maintain the basics where they can learn how to read and how to write, and they'll recognize their colors and shapes forwards and backwards."

Cheri Hernandez recently joined the Early Childhood Center family and works with 18 to 24-month-old children.

"Working at a daycare is something I've always wanted to do. Just helping kids to learn and knowing that I'm impacting their lives on a daily basis and being there for them; it's just enough for me," Hernandez said.

Hernandez's two kids also benefit from this enriched learning environment.

"[My son is] constantly telling me 'Look Mom a star...look a circle'. He knows, and he's learned so much here," Hernandez said.

This non-profit organization pride themselves in providing several services and opportunities for their children in preparation for school.

"This is the time to work with kids not wait till kindergarten and find out that they don't speak very well or they're missing this or that; so we try to get all of that done while they're here with us," Contreras said.
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