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BIOGRAPHY: Estrellita AlaffaFeatured

My name is Estrellita Alaffa, I was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, on February 19th, 1982. I graduated with a technical degree in business administration, I worked in Mexico as a secretary in a law firm for three years, then I got married and emigrated to the United States in 2003.

I am a mother of four children, two of them have autism and although it has not been easy, my resilience has helped me reinvent myself as a mother and at the same time work wise. In 2012, I took a course to obtain my CNA license in the state of Texas and worked for almost four years in a nursing home, where I put into practice all the ove, patience and empathy that my children taught me as they grew up.

But at the same time, my children’s needs were requiring more and more of my time, so I decided to leave my job and dedicate full time to my children.

In 2018, we emigrated again to the state of Wisconsin, looking for new opportunities and although I was home for several years, I always had the desire to do something else besides that.

So in 2020, I joined the group of health leaders as a volunteer, from the Sixteenth Street Clinic, where I participated as a health promoter and received training in community advocacy. This great experience was a great tool to develop me professionally, because in 2023, i started working with UW-Madison Extension, as a bilingual nutrition educator, and at the end of this same year i was nominated to be part of the board of directors at the Sixteenth Street Clinic and for me it is and honor to be part of this board of directors.

Therefore, every day I strengthen my commitment to my family and my community, my resilience drives me to cultivate myself as an individual, I live to be useful in the lives of the people who know me and I feel the moral commitment to serve and intercede for those voices that are not heard.

Although being a mother of two autistic children has not been easy, since there are many challenges that we face every day, there are also many gratifying moments that we experience every day and that is the most important thing.

What we enjoy the most as a family is doing outdoor activities. I am pleased to see their smiles, their innocence and the unconditional love of each one of my children.


BIOGRAPHY: Ileania Sosa

My name is Ileania Sosa, I was born on August 24th, in La Pintoresca town of La Soledad municipality of Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz, México. Raised by parents of Mexican origin, my mother played the role of housewife while my father, a passionate farmer, businessman and political activist, left a deep impression on my life from an early age.

Guided by my father, I learned the value of commitment and excellence, adopting his motto “never leave anything half done.”

“Never leave anything half done.”

– Ileania Sosa

From my earliest years, a memorable anecdote encouraged me to overcome my fears when I learned to ride a horse. “If you don’t take control of the horse, he will do it for you,” my father’s wise warning resonated in my memory, instilling in me a sense of self-control that would accompany me throughout my life. This early lesson not only forged my determination, but also guided me in my efforts to face challenges with courage and self-confidence.

Despite facing financial obstacles in my youth that prevented me from pursuing my dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in my homeland, I immigrated to the United States in 2003 with unwavering determination and a suitcase full of dreams. After enrolling in English as a second language classes, it was not until 2016 that I decided to pursue my true passion for school and decided to start studying Early Education, a change that would mark a turning point in my life.]

With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, I embarked on an educational journey that included diplomas in positive psychology, business administration, and marketing for entrepreneurs, as well as an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.

My love for reading is reflected in my affinity for visionary authors such as Robert Kiyosaki, Paulo Coelho, Miguel Ruiz, Clarissa Pinkola and Robin Sharma, whose works have profoundly influenced my perspective on life and my personal growth.

With deep conviction, I recognize the creator of the universe as the mastermind behind all these inspiring works, I recognize the transcendental importance of knowledge in my spiritual and professional journey.

With a clear vision towards the future, I founded my first family daycare: New Stars Family Daycare in 2017, then in 2019 we founded the second location: Fun for Kids Bilingual Academy in south Milwaukee, and with plans to expand to a third location in 2023 we open the doors to a new facility.

Inspired by my children, my mother and my father’s legacy, I am proud to provide a quality environment for children’s development and promote independence and self-sufficiency in an environment free of social, economic or religious prejudices.

Convinced that change begins with oneself, I advocate for greater empathy and collaboration between parents and teachers to build a better world and foster fundamental values ​​in future generations.

I advocate for equality and equity, and without prejudice. I firmly believe in the need to come together as one community, the time has come to leave barriers behind and work together towards a more inclusive and unified future.

“I advocate for equality and equity, and without prejudice.”

– Ileania Sosa

BIOGRAPHY: Sanjuana Rentería

My name is Sanjuana Rentería, I was born on April 26, 1967 in Guanajuato, Mexico, I am the eldest daughter of 6 children that my parents had.

My mother died when I was 21 years old and then my younger brother also died and despite these losses we were able to move forward.I am a kind and patient person interested in providing positive childcare experiences to promote the social, emotional and educational development of children.

I have been married to Mr. Fernando Rentería for 29 years and we have 4 children and in 1992 I came to Milwaukee Wisconsin and worked in a daycare for 5 years.

In 2011, I finished my infant and toddler credentials. In 2016 I graduated with my Associate’s degree. After that, it was when I made the decision to have my own family center so that the children could feel calm, loved and calmed by the activities they learn through playing.

I like to make them feel at home and provide a safe and healthy environment to give the best to the children and families of our community.