The Children's Center at Valley View

The Children's Center at Valley View is a satellite preschool that is bringing a high-quality preschool education to an area where no other opportunities for young children have previously existed. It opened in February of 2020 at the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority neighborhood of Valley View in Akron's North Hill. The Children's Center at Valley View offers a full curriculum to prepare our students for Kindergarten, including pre-reading, writing, and math skills. We also provide breakfast and lunch each day. This year, we are at full enrollment with 10 children! Our families are incredibly supportive and the children are full of hugs and smiles when they walk through our doors! 

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Meet Our Valley View Team

They are truly invested in the mission of Valley View and approach each day with positivity and love.

  • Nancy Martinez

    Nancy is the lead teacher and administrator at The Children's Center at Valley View. She has helped start up and continue the operation of Valley View preschool since the summer of 2019. Nancy has been married for 25 adventurous years to her wonderful husband, Jorge. They have 3 beautiful children and two adoring dogs who keep them smiling and laughing. Nancy enjoys spending time with my family, finding creative projects to take-on and cheering on the local sports teams. She also helps coach fall JV field hockey for the high school! 


  • Kelly Collins

    Kelly is an assistant teacher at The Children's Center at Valley View. She loves getting to know the children and watching them grow and learn! Kelly lives in Hudson with her husband, Aaron, their three children, and Rosie, their sweet goldendoodle. Kelly loves to spend time in nature, walking and hiking. She also enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling. She is looking forward to a great school year!


  • Lori Fauver

    Lori is a assistant teacher at The Children's Center at Valley View. She enjoys getting to know each family in their school community and being a part of each student’s preschool journey. So fun and rewarding! Lori is originally from East Lansing, Michigan and is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. Lori has a master’s degree in audiology and speech sciences from Case Western Reserve University and has enjoyed many years working with young children as a speech-language pathologist. She is married with three active teenagers and loves all sports, traveling and the outdoors.