Growing up in a multilingual household where education was the priority, I learned just how vital the school-home connection was to my success as a student. There is a lot of research out now that tells us exactly the same thing. But I didn’t need data to see the benefits of my parents’ constant communication with my teachers. A strong relationship with families and the community was exactly what we envisioned when developing the concept for Little Marvels.
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My name is Daniela Slepak Caceres, and I am the Director at Little Marvels Early Childhood School. I, along with my parents, Dora and Michael Slepak, wanted to build a school that would feel like a second home to children, a place where they are loved and where the importance of a good education is valued. It was my dream to create an inviting, happy childcare and preschool facility where my own children would also thrive someday. Little Marvels is that dream come true.
My own education began in Chicago and continued in the suburb of Skokie. I attended the University of Illinois and Lake Forest College, where I studied Education and Communications. I then received my Master’s in Education for Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University.
I have been fortunate enough to work with many incredible children as a teacher, a nanny, literacy volunteer, and a tutor. I bring to the table over 15 years of experience, a love for children, a passion for teaching, and a strong desire to be connected to the people of the city I love so much, sweet home Chicago. Allow me to welcome your family to the Little Marvels family