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 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 12 children! Our families are incredibly supportive and the children are full of hugs and smiles when they walk through our doors! 


Meet our teachers

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 help coach fall JV field hockey for the high school! 

Lisa Thompson

Lisa is assistant teacher at The Children’s Center at Valley View. She has 3 children of my own. And it took marrying her husband to realize her mission was always with children. When she used to work at an indoor play space, she had just the most fun. Lisa feels truly blessed to be working with, teaching, and molding these little ones. Super fun!

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