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About Us
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History and Achievemets
History

El Campito was founded by Concepcion and Ignacio Niño in 1970. It was created for the children of migrant workers, hence the name. The parents would go to "el campo", the field, and the children would go to "El Campito", the little field. The focus was and continues to be on children of migrant workers as well as low-income families. They started out of their home, and it grew and grew until they bought a second house, then a small brick and mortar building, until 1986 when St. Stephan's Church donated their old school building on Thomas Street, where we still reside today.

We pride ourselves on being able to provide the best quality of care to those in our community who would not have access to it otherwise. Today, through the generous support of the community, El Campito has grown out of the Niño's home to become one of South Bend's oldest non-profit child development centers. We continue to demonstrate our commitment to creating a community of our own - an inclusive environment that embraces and celebrates children from all cultures and backgrounds.

Achievements
  • State Licensed                                       

  • Bilingual

  • Paths to Quality Level 4

  • NAEYC Accredited 

  • 501(c)3 Non-profit

  • In business for 50+ years

Programs
Programs
1's and 2's HighScope Classrooms 

In partnership with HeadStart, our 1’s and 2’s classrooms offer high-quality care to children starting as early as one year old! Each classroom is taught by two HighScope trained teachers in order to provide the best quality of care. Each classroom is equipped with at least one bilingual teacher in order to maintain a multicultural environment. Enrollment is handled through Early Head Start. Call our office for the number. 

Similar to our toddler classrooms, our preschool classrooms are taught by two HighScope trained teachers who work hard to implement the HighScope curriculum. Developmentally appropriate activities and projects help to prepare children for kindergarten.  Each classroom is equipped with at least one bilingual teacher in order to maintain a multicultural environment. 

3's and 4's HighScope Classrooms

After School Program 


Our after school program is available for children ages 5-12. After school participants receive help with their homework and reading time. Each classroom is equipped with at least one bilingual teacher to maintain a multicultural environment. Children also receive a nutritious snack and the opportunity to engage with other children in a safe environment. Please check with your school on the availability of transportation to and from El Campito. We do not provide transportation. Our after school program is offered during all SBCSC closings and breaks. During the summer our summer full-time program is offered to our students. 

Our Staff
Our Staff
Here at El Campito, our staff is comprised of high-quality Early Childhood Education professionals. Each member of our staff brings a variety of experience and education to our building. All staff receive training annually and are continuously furthering their education through programs such as T.E.A.C.H.
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Ms. Denyse
(she/her)

As the Director of Programs and Operations, Denyse manages the teaching staff, maintains curriculum, and provides the best quality of care for the staff and for the children. She has worked with children since 1995, and 15+ of those years she has spent caring for the children of El Campito.

 

Child Care Experience since 1995

Favorite ColorGreen

Favorite Snack: Brownies 

Favorite El Campito Activity: The Christmas Program and Preschool Graduation
 

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Ms. Erika
(she/her)

As Bookkeeper/Office Assistant, Erika encompasses human resource, bookkeeping, and general office activities.

Child Care Experience since 2020

Favorite Color: Olive Green

Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos

Favorite El Campito Activity: The Taco Battle Fundraiser

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Ms. Autumn
(she/her)

2's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2018

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Snack: Anything white chocolate

Favorite El Campito Activity: Sensory Play 

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Ms. Sommer
(she/her)

3's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2017 

Favorite color: Green

Favorite Snack: Cheese Crackers

Favorite El Campito Activity: Sensory Play and Outside Time

 

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Ms. Megan
(she/her)

School Age Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2017

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite Snack: Caramel Rice Cakes 

Favorite El Campito Activity: Garden Activities

 

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Ms. Thana
(she/her)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience since 2022

Favorite color: Light Blue

Favorite Snack: Nachos

Favorite El Campito Activity: Outside Time 

 

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Ms. Teala
(she/her)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience since 2016

Favorite color: Red

Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos

Favorite El Campito Activity: Music Time

Ms. Pilar
(she/her)
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Ms. Aleyna
(she/her)

As Director of Development and Community Outreach, Aleyna researches and prepares grant proposals and other funding applications to ensure a high-
quality program is maintained.  She develops partnerships within
the community to further advance El Campito’s mission and outreach!  ​

Child Care Experience since 2015

Favorite Color: Periwinkle

Favorite Snack: Colby Jack cheese with pretzel crackers

Favorite El Campito Activity: Outside time, and the Back to School Picnic

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Ms. Alli
(she/her)

Alli serves as the Administration and Family Support Assistant. She provides assistance to the the administrators while also being the face of El Campito for anyone who walks into the building. You will most likely find her up at the front desk. She always tries to be cheerful and help out as much as she can! 

Child Care Experience since 2022

Favorite Color: Lavender 

Favorite Snack: blueberries, strawberries, basically any fruit

Favorite El Campito Activity: Rest Time or Small Group Time

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Ms. Lauren
(she/her)

1's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2014 

Favorite color: Yellow

Favorite Snack: Reese's cups

Favorite El Campito Activity: Large Group Time

 

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Ms. Alma
(she/her)

2's Teacher

Child Care Experience 2014

Favorite Color: Sky Blue

Favorite Snack: Pretzels

Favorite El Campito Activity: Back to School Picnic
 

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Ms. Nela
(she/her)

4/5's Teacher

Child Care Experience Since: 2010
Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Snack: Chips
Favorite El Campito Activity:  Small Group Time

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Ms. Liz
(she/her)

1's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2020

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Snack: Cheez-Its or peanut M&Ms 

Favorite El Campito Activity: Small Group Time


 

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Ms. Thaina
(she/her)
Ms. Andrea
(she/her)
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3's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 1997

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Snack: Coconut ice cream

Favorite El Campito Activity: Greeting Time

4/5's Teacher

Child Care Experience since 2021 

Favorite color: Lime Green

Favorite Snack: Chips

Favorite El Campito Activity: Large Group Time

 

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Ms. Nicole
(she/her)

School Age Teacher

Child Care Experience since 1998 

Favorite color: Green

Favorite Snack: Sun Chips

Favorite El Campito Activity: Small Group Time

 

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Ms. Nahomi
(she/her)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience since 2023 

Favorite color: Pink

Favorite Snack: Muffiins

Favorite El Campito Activity: Outside Time

 

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Mx. Mars
(they/them)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience since 2019 

Favorite color: Yellow

Favorite Snack: Popcorn

Favorite El Campito Activity: Outside Time

 

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Ms. Smuda
(she/her)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience Since: 1994
Favorite Color:
Sunset Orange
Favorite Snack: Almonds
Favorite El Campito Activity: Outside Time 

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Ms. Daniela
(she/her)

Support Staff

Child Care Experience since 2023

Favorite color: Black

Favorite Snack: Cheesy crackers

Favorite El Campito Activity: Small Group Time

 

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Ms. Lety
(she/her)

Cook

Child Care Experience Since: 2015
Favorite Color:
Dark Purple and Red
Favorite Snack:  Strawberries
Favorite El Campito Activity:  Taco Battle

Facility Maintenance

Child Care Experience since 2016 

Favorite color:  Black

Favorite Snack: Mexican food

Favorite El Campito Activity: Seeing her job finished 

 

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board Members

Rob Michalak | Masterbilt, Inc
Jonathan Kitchens | Le Chat Digital Marketing
Shelley Pulaski | United Federal Credit Union
Tatiana Botero | University of Notre Dame

John Kersey | The Healy Group

Julia Cordova-Gurule | SBCSC
Andrea Crawford | Writer and Communications Consultant
Adrienne Batteast | SBCSC Empowerment Zone

Courtney Kubly | DTSB

Current Officers

Rob Michalak | President

Jonathan Kitchens | Vice President

Shelley Pulaski | Treasurer

Tatiana Botero | Secretary

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