While living in the Dominican Republic, Juana had always worked with children as a teacher in a variety of schools. After moving to the United States, she knew it would be difficult for her to continue her intended career path. She started out by working at a multiservice agency but when the company closed, she was left unemployed for over a year. She was forced to declare bankruptcy as she could not find work to make ends meet.
Taking matters into her own hands, Juana went back to school to study business and English. Her next step was to take the necessary courses to become a daycare provider. “I can say without hesitation that working with children is my passion; I have always wanted to do this, ever since I moved to the United States,” says Juana. Initially, she obtained a license for up to 6 children but now has the capacity to take on 10 children: 8 regular and 2 after-school children. She believes her biggest accomplishment to date is to have a running day care center and to be able to support her daughter and father.