Centro Infantil de los Ángeles is a nonprofit organization that provides free, quality daycare and preschool education to children with the greatest need in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Our center 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.
In fall 2017, two long-standing organizations merged to serve more families in San Miguel: Casa de los Ángeles and Centro Infantil San Pablo.
Mexico has the 14th largest economy in the world however it continues to be one of the most unequal countries in the world. More than half of the population is poor and more than 55 million Mexicans live in poverty. Almost half of Mexicans are under 25 years old and the average age of women at their first birth is 21 years old. Teenage pregnancy continues to be a problem in Mexico and single motherhood continues to be extremely prevalent in Mexican communities.
When Donna Quathamer came to San Miguel in 2000 she asked local women selling their goods in the market and on the street what could she do to help to make their lives easier. It was common to see women working with babies wrapped in cloths and strapped to their backs as well as young infants and toddlers hiding around their feet. These women expressed a need for a safe place to leave their children while they worked and earned money to feed, clothe and house their children.
Casa de los Ángeles was born with that vision: to create a free daycare where poor, working mothers have the comfort of knowing their children are safe and families are nurtured, respected and supported and can learn in a secure environment.
Since then, Casa de los Ángeles has grown to serve nearly 100 children each day. The daycare center provides a happy, educational environment for children under the age of five where they get to play, eat, learn and laugh. In addition, we have become a support network for local women who complete an hour of service for each day that their child is at the day care, thereby participating actively in the care of their children.
Centro Infantil San Pablo (CISP) is a nonprofit organization founded by St. Paul’s Anglican Church of San Miguel. It was founded with a mission to provide free, high quality, secular pre-school education to Mexican children with the greatest need and prepare them to enter the first grade.
We know that an investment in children’s education at the Centro produces results. Now, with our two organization merged, we will serve more than 170 children and families from age 2 month – 6 years.
Many of our families live on the outskirts of San Miguel in basic and often do not have access to water mains or electricity. Many of our children live in small spaces shared with extended family members.
Even though our 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. No scores were below average. Our teachers scored 93 out of 100 in their evaluations, and the school was one of 3 schools in San Miguel (a city of over 120,000) that was recognized for special achievement by the Secretary. In the same round of testing one of our graduates, now in the second grade, got the top score of all students in all the primary schools in San Miguel. Since academic results usually are correlated with socio-economic status we are especially proud of what these economically disadvantaged children have achieved.
In addition to preparing the children for the first grade in the Mexican public school system, we offer the following enrichment programs: