OUR STORY

THE STORY BEHIND SUCCESS

Fifteen years ago, after her daughter was born, Karen Messner started her childcare business in an apartment building along Cully Boulevard. After several years, she moved to a house near Sacajawea Head Start, which allowed her to provide childcare for fifteen children. Since Karen lived nearby, she worked with Sacajawea, Harvey Scott Elementary, and Rigler Elementary schools. As an added benefit to her childcare services, she provides drop-off and pick-up services for kids who attend those schools. As Karen puts it, “We’ve just been growing step-by-step.” Fast forward to today, and she runs three locations. “One [location] is for infants ages zero to three, another [location] is for preschool and school-aged children, and the third location is just for school-aged kids.”


Karen mentions that her daycares serve a diverse group of children, and parents can drop their children off as early as 5:00 am. The fact that Los Pequeñitos is a Spanish language immersion school reflects that diversity. Part of the reason behind Spanish immersion is “for the kids who speak Spanish at home, to [be able to] keep their language and not forget Spanish when they grow up.” Karen points out that white and African American families also take advantage of the program, so their children can learn Spanish. On top of their quality services, Los Pequeñitos is committed to providing affordable childcare to families in need. Los Pequeñitos participates in several programs to help families with the cost of childcare, including Employment Related Day Care, Baby Promise and Preschool Promise, and the Community Childcare Initiative program. They have also applied to participate in Preschool for All through Multnomah County. This commitment to providing affordable childcare in Cully led Karen to seek out a larger space where she could expand her business. 

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

 Pequeñitos Child Care Is A Spanish Immersion School In Portland, Oregon. We Offer Preschool, Kindergarten, And An After-School Program For School-Age Kids. 

OUR MISSION

 Our Mission Is To Provide The Best Academic Service In The Community And Unlock The Potential Of Our Children. We Are An Inclusive Program, We Accept All Children Without Exception, And Respect And Invite Families To Share Their Cultures, Preferences, And Beliefs.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

At Pequeñitos Child Care we believe that each child is unique and independent. The abilities or skills are innate to each individual therefore the way of learning is also different. We want to provide your child with an environment where their social and emotional experiences reach a high level in the following areas: Learning and Development, Health and Safety, Association with Families, Qualification of Personnel, and Administrative and Social Practices.

 We offer meals, and we accept ERDC, Private Pay. We are participating with Baby Promise, Preschool Promise, And Preschool for All.


OUR TEAM

MAIN LOCATION

KAREN 

MESSNER

CEO & FOUNDER

GENERAL DIRECTOR

STHEFANY 

MESSNER

ADMINISTRATOR & COORDINATOR

TODDLER CLASSROOM

DAISY BUSTOS

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

MARY JUNIESKY

CASTILLO

HEAD TEACHER

PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER

MARIA DELIA

GUTIERREZ

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

PRESCHOOL I CLASSROOM

EMELI

GONZALES

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

DIANA

MESSNER

HEAD TEACHER

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TEACHER

MIREYA

NAVA

TEACHER

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

PRESCHOOL II CLASSROOM

ROCIO

SANCHEZ

HEAD TEACHER

GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHER

AMAIRANI 

NUNEZ

HEAD TEACHER

ENGLISH TEACHER

CAROLINA

MOLINA

TEACHER ASSISTANT

PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER

PRESCHOOL III CLASSROOM

CRISTHEL

CALDERON

TEACHER ASSISTANT

PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER

CLAUDIA 

JUAREZ

HEAD TEACHER

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

MARIA RITA

RAMOS

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

ASSISTANT FLOATERS

JORDAN 

MADERA

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

JAZMIN

TORRES

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

ASUNCION

GIJADA

KITCHEN LEAD 

AIDE II


LOMBARD

KAREN 

MESSNER

CEO & FOUNDER

GENERAL DIRECTOR

STHEFANY MESSNER

ADMINISTRATOR & COORDINATOR

C. KARINA CAMPERO

SITE DIRECTOR

INFANT CLASSROOM

LETICIA GAMINO

HEAD TEACHER

INFANT TEACHER

NATALI ORGANISTA

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

TODDLER CLASSROOM

MERCEDEZ CATALAN

HEAD TEACHER

TODDLER TEACHER

ANGELICA RICO

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

PRESCHOOL I CLASSROOM

ANA BARRON

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

GABRIELA M. SALCEDO

HEAD TEACHER

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

ESMERALDA HERNANDEZ

TEACHER ASSISTANT

AIDE II

ASSISTANT FLOATERS

MARIA N. BARRIOS

KITCHEN LEAD 

AIDE II