Rosangela Valerio-Dyszkant is founder and director of Little Dreamers Early Childhood Center in Thousand Oaks. Born in Spain and fluent in four languages, Valerio started the preschool in 1997 after studying child development at UCLA and being a licensed marriage and family therapist.  

What inspired you to start your business?  

Back 25 years ago, a good amount of preschools were just a morning program. Or they were a full-day daycare, with children whose parents worked all day. I knew I wanted to start a school where children can have the preschool experience of a morning program transition into a full day. I wanted to serve families that are working, that would know that their children are getting the best of both worlds. My family and I moved out to Agoura Hills and I started looking for preschools, and of course, as I was looking for preschools, I got pickier and pickier. So, I came home one day, and I said, “Wait a minute, there’s not enough out here. If I don’t find what I’m looking for, what’s stopping me from not starting one?” It took two and a half years to be able to get that off the ground. 

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