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Our commitment working with children has transcended through the years. Beginning our career as front-line staff in childcare programs we’ve learned vital lessons that prompted us to create quality programming. Children should have a space where they feel they belong, where they are nourished, and encouraged. Their families need to be confident in the provider they choose and need to feel their children are safe. We have designed staff teams, programs, events, fundraisers, and networks with intention and sense of purpose. We do not only create, but we also join the families we work with on the ever-expanding journey and together creating a community filled with joy, support, and belonging.
Karina C. Pina-Armas
Karina served as the Director of Licensed Child Care programs and DASH for the South Bay Family YMCA where she learned in depth needs of her community families. For the past 14 years Karina has worked in Child Youth and Development and has overseen a team of over 160 employees yearly where she was fiscally responsible for developing and managing budgets of over 3 million dollars. Karina has been successful in her fundraising efforts by requesting donations from individuals and businesses. Karina has successfully obtained various grants that allowed her to develop programs to combat childhood obesity in partnership with the Chula Vista Elementary School District. She partnered with Taylor guitars to expose the students in her programs to music and the benefits that come with the musical arts. These programs have been featured on local news networks highlighting the direct impact on children and their families. Networking and connecting can be challenging, especially for a family that is new to the city. In order to help these families, Karina developed various family engagement events all with the goal of building a good support system and lifelong friendships. Karina holds a Bachelor’s in Arts Human Development from California State University San Marcos. Karina is bilingual in English and Spanish. She was nominated and selected as a local Champion for the City of Chula Vista. Karina enjoys reading, gaining ongoing knowledge on how to help others and bring peace and balance in our lives, and traveling with her husband, son, and newest edition to her family her daughter.
Beatriz used to oversee and coordinate for a team of 160 plus for the South Bay Family YMCA in before and after school programs. She brings 16 years of experience working as a non-profit professional in the childcare field where she and her team successfully had a 90% retention rate. The programs she helped oversee where on 20 CVESD campuses located in east Chula Vista. She yearly volunteers for toy drives bringing underprivileged children joy during the winter festivities. Beatriz has a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology
Cecilia has spent the last 7 years as a program administrator for the South Bay Family YMCA. She lead a team of administrators for programs which served over 2,000 children and their families yearly. Cecilia brings 17 years of experience working as a non-profit professional. Cecilia has served as a Behavioral Therapist for children with autism helping and aiding in clinical developmental assessments for children from 0-5. Cecilia has worked with a range of agencies in San Diego that help support financially with after school care with military and non-military families. She has also worked with agencies that provide support to children with special needs. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has her success in working with third party agencies to provide financial assistance will empower and provide help for families of Chula Vista. Cecilia has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from San Diego State University. When Cecilia is not assisting families and ensuring they have the best plans set in place, she is crazy about finding new beaches to explore while traveling and she enjoys hiking San Diego’s best views, or dancing for the best cardio fun.