Centro Infantil de los Ángeles

Project Details

Centro Infantil de los Ángeles is a free daycare and preschool center for children of single mothers and low-income families in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Centro Infantil de los Ángeles provides free, high-quality daycare and preschool education to children from the most financially challenged families in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Our programs afford working parents (mostly single mothers) the comfort of knowing that their children are fed, nurtured, and taught in a safe and caring environment.  Free childcare enables parents to work and make a better life for their children, who are more prepared to succeed in primary school and beyond. 


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 lying next to 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. 

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.

In August 2017, the two long-standing organizations merged to serve more families in San Miguel. We know that an investment in children’s education at the newly-named Centro Infantil de los Angeles produces results. Now, with our two organization merged, we will serve more than 200 children and families from age 3 months – 6 years.


Mexico has the 15th 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.

Many of our families live on the outskirts of San Miguel in very basic housing and often do not have access to water mains or electricity. Many of our children live in small spaces shared with extended family members.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Hayden Huffaker
Hayden Huffaker
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Centro Infantil de los Ángeles supports the local community of low-income, young, working parents in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Instead of infants being left at home in dangerous environments while their parents work hard to provide food and shelter for their families, these children attend our center where they learn, play and eat. This is better for the child and better for the parents who do not have to constantly worry for the wellbeing of her child.

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.

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