OCAEYC Peer Guides
OCAEYC is pleased to introduce you to our OCAEYC Peer Guides! We are a team of dedicated Family Child Care Leaders who are passionate about guiding and supporting new providers on their journey to opening their own in-home family child care.
OCAEYC Peer Guides understand the importance of quality training and information for early care and education providers. That's why we work closely with our partners to ensure that our members have access to the best resources, network, and training opportunities available. We believe that by equipping providers with the knowledge and skills they need, we can help them thrive in their professional endeavors.
We are a community of like-minded professionals who are committed to fostering a supportive and inspiring network of colleagues. Through our community, providers can connect with each other, share experiences, and learn from one another. We believe that by building a strong community of leaders, we can create a supportive and collaborative environment that benefits everyone involved.
If you are interested in starting an in-home family child care and would like to be connected with a Peer Guide, please contact OCAEYC Peer Guide Project Liaison, Brenda Cabrera. In addition, if you are a Family Child Care provider that is interested in becoming an OCAEYC Peer Guide, please contact Brenda Cabrera today to become a part of our community of leaders. Together, we will keep early educators connected, inspired, and supported as we work towards creating a brighter future for children and families.
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Meet the Peer Guides
Learn more about the background and interests of the OCAEYC Peer Guides.
Benita Jaimes is a dedicated and experienced child care provider who has been operating her family daycare, Think and Wonder Family Daycare, for the past four years. Prior to this, she faced a challenging job that required long hours away from home and was not well compensated. Benita's passion for nurturing young minds inspired her to start her own child care business, where she could create a warm and supportive environment for children to grow and learn.
Benita enjoys spending quality time with her family. She values the importance of work-life balance and makes sure to prioritize her loved ones in her free time. Benita's hard work and dedication to her profession have earned her a reputation as a reliable and caring child care provider, and she looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families in her community.
Michy Michea has always had a passion for education and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a teacher. After completing high school, she pursued her dream by attending university and earning a degree in early childhood education after five years of hard work and dedication. In 1994, Michy moved to California where she began working with children, starting her own licensed child care facility called Michy's Reggio Family Child Care. For the past 29 years, she has provided a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow, drawing on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education to encourage exploration and creativity.
In her free time, Michy enjoys indulging in her creative passions, including knitting, painting, and cooking. These hobbies provide a much-needed source of relaxation for her, especially when paired with the music of decades past, such as the 80s, 70s, 60s, and 50s.
Elena Douglas has always been driven to succeed in both her personal and professional life. When her children were young, she was determined to find a way to stay at home with them while also contributing to her family's financial well-being. That's when she decided to start her own business, Elena's Tiny Tots, which has been thriving for 23 years.
As the owner of Elena's Tiny Tots, Elena takes pride in providing a safe and nurturing environment for young children to learn and grow.
In her free time, Elena enjoys indulging in her love of music, dance, and singing. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog.
Adryana Roman was inspired to pursue her passion for teaching preschoolers in her first language by her mother, who recognized her talent and drive. This led Adryana to open Little Aprendiz five years ago, which has since become one of her proudest career achievements.
As the owner of Little Aprendiz, Adryana is committed to providing high-quality education and care to her young students. Her dedication to fostering their growth and development has earned her a reputation as a skilled and compassionate educator.
In her free time, Adryana enjoys channeling her creativity into crafting, from making shirts and mugs to all sorts of other DIY projects. She also loves staying active by hiking, working out, and practicing yoga. Adryana loves to travel and experience different cultures.
Mahnaz Javadiaghdam's experience working with special needs children as a behavior interventionist inspired her to seek out a career that would allow her to provide the kind of personalized care and attention that can be hard to achieve in a traditional work setting. That's what led her to start Bright Nest Home Daycare three years ago.
As the owner of Bright Nest Home Daycare, Mahnaz is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for the children in her care.
With her background in behavior intervention, she has a unique perspective and skill set that allows her to tailor her approach to each child's individual needs. Outside of work, Mahnaz loves spending time with her family and cherishes the moments they get to spend together.
Belen Arnosio has always had a passion for teaching and guiding young children through their early stages of development. That's why, when she was pregnant with her second child and looking for a way to stay home with her children while also pursuing her career goals, she decided to open her own home childcare program.
Eleven years ago, Step by Step Childcare Inc was born, and since then, Belen has been dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for the children in her care. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of child care, she has developed a keen understanding of how to help children thrive and grow, and she is committed to helping each child in her program reach their full potential.
In her free time, Belen loves spending time with her family, whether they're taking walks in the park, cooking together, or just enjoying each other's company. She also enjoys staying active through exercise and pursuing her creative interests through crocheting
Karina Bernabe has been passionate about taking care of children from a very young age. When her first child was born, she knew she didn't want to leave his side and decided to open up her own childcare business at home. For the past 20 years, she has been running Happy Childhood Daycare and has been dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all the children under her care. Her dedication to the field of early childhood education and her commitment to the children she cares for have earned her a reputation as a trusted and reliable child care provider in her community.
In her free time, Karina loves spending quality time with her family and exploring the great outdoors through hiking.
Myriam Reyes discovered her passion for working with children after becoming a mother herself. Previously in the corporate world, she found herself missing out on quality time with her daughter and realized that she wanted to earn a living doing something she loved. A friend introduced her to the daycare business, and eight years ago, Mimi's Daycare was born. Myriam takes great pride in providing a safe, nurturing environment for the children in her care.
In her free time, Myriam prioritizes spending time with her loved ones, but she also recognizes the importance of self-care. She enjoys taking classes in child development to expand her knowledge and expertise. Additionally, she has started to carve out time for herself, whether it's by working out, watching a show, or pursuing her hobbies.
Anabell Garcia-Chak was inspired to open Ready Play and Learn Child Care so she could raise her sons at home, teach them Spanish, and share her culture with them while running her own business. With 17 years of experience in the childcare profession and a commitment to professional development, Anabell loves her job because she has the opportunity to change lives and help families. During her free time, Anabell enjoys spending time with friends, going out and exploring new places.
Angie Ding became the program director of an after-school program that also offered a preschool program. While observing the toddler classroom, she discovered her passion for working with children. This led her to pursue ECE classes in college, and obtained a Child Development Program Director Permit. She continued to work in the toddler classroom until she got married and moved to Irvine. That is where she discovered the Montessori philosophy and began her Montessori education.
Angie obtained an AMI (0-6 years) diploma from MISD and used her experience and knowledge to start her own family child care business, Angie's Children House. In her free time, she enjoys hiphop dance, cooking, and snowboarding in the winter.
Juan Araya has always been passionate about early childhood education. After finishing high school, he explored various career options before ultimately deciding to pursue a degree in child development. His love for working with children began at a young age, as he grew up helping out in his mother's child care program. Today, Juan is proud to co-run Michy's Reggio Family CC with his mother, where they provide high-quality care and education to young children.
In his free time, Juan enjoys working on his YouTube channel, where he shares his knowledge and expertise in child development. He also loves playing games, going out with friends, and spending quality time with his girlfriend.
Juan Cabrera is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who co-founded Mrs. Cabrera's In-Home Preschool & Child Care to fulfill his vision of creating an educational center that aligns with his values and ideals. With over 24 years of experience in education, Juan has worked in diverse educational environments and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his business.
In addition to his passion for education, Juan is also interested in staying up-to-date with technological advancements and enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking. He loves embarking on exciting travel adventures with his family and believes that experiencing different cultures and ways of life is essential for personal growth.
Nayibe Abdel used to work long hours at a restaurant and missed out on precious moments with her children. She was inspired to start Mamy's Daycare as it would allow her to be present in their lives while also pursuing her own career. For 19 years, she has dedicated herself to running a warm and nurturing environment for the children in her care, and takes joy in being a positive influence in their lives.
As a native Spanish speaker, Nayibe also takes pride in sharing her language and culture with her young children and finds that every day brings new opportunities for learning and growth. On her free time she enjoys