Who We Are
Choosing a preschool or child care center for the early care and education of your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent, and one that can have a profound impact on your child’s future! El Mundo de Niños is much more than a Spanish immersion child care center. We are a Family run preschool, licensed by the state of Wisconsin. We are a community of bilingual families and educators who come together to share our love of language, discovery and play with our children so that they develop linguistic connections, strong relationships and the self determination to explore and discover the world around them.
About the Teachers, Walquer & Kate
Walquer Rojas has always been an integral part of our program and a familiar face to all the children here at El Mundo de Niños. Walquer was born in Cusco, and raised in Lima, Peru. Walquer has dedicated the past 20 years to learning about and working with children in many different capacities. In Peru, Walquer worked for 10 years with children and adolescents as a social worker, mentor, and teacher at Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II, an orphanage sponsored by the church. Most recently he worked for 5 years as a Special Education Assistant at Midvale School and was a beloved member of the school community. Since 2020, Walquer has joined El Mundo de Niños full time, and has enjoyed immersing himself in the AnjiPlay philosophy and daily reflection about the children’s learning and his role as a teacher. Walquer is the in-house chicken whisperer, soccer coach extraordinaire and is responsible for bringing to reality many of our large and small building projects!
Kate Woodford has spent the last 15 years learning and growing as a bilingual teacher After completing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock college in Boston, she worked for 3 years as a bilingual 2nd grade teacher in Lima, Perú at Colegio Altair. She moved back to Madison, her hometown, and began working as a 1st grade dual language immersion teacher in MMSD and studying for her masters degree in bilingual education at Edgewood College, which she completed in 2017. After completing her M.Ed., she dove deep into learning about the AnjiPlay philosophy, including traveling to Anji, China for a week long study tour, to learn from seasoned AnjiPlay teachers and administrators. After that, she has continued collaborating with educators all over the USA and across the globe who are all passionate about implementing AnjiPlay practices in their classrooms. She has a lifetime WI DPI teaching license in Early Childhood Ed. & Bilingual Education. In her spare time, Kate loves to travel, spend time in nature, make art and strengthen her skills on aerial silks.
A Preschool to Discover & Learn
El Mundo de Niños is a private, family-run Bilingual, Spanish immersion, preschool and child care center in Madison, WI, lovingly developed and nurtured by Kate, Walquer, Joaquin, Natalia, and Santi Rojas Woodford.
We strive to love and respect children and their innate capacities for learning, exploration and discovery in a way that honors diversity and promotes cultural awareness.
We strive to create an environment of immersed language learning implemented by highly qualified teachers who are native and/or bilingual Spanish speakers. We aim to foster the natural development of Spanish language skills and bilingualism by creating an environment where children have intrinsic motivation for using language through communicating with teachers, friends and family.
We strive to give children the freedom to self determine their own learning in a natural progression over time. We support this by intentionally designing an open-ended, minimally structured environment, where adults step back and provide the children with ample time and space to become fully engaged in a play world that belongs to them!
We strive to offer a healthy, safe, nurturing environment where emotional, social, physical, and intellectual development are organically developed through song, dance, stories, self determined play, and exploration.
We strive to create a community of bilingual families who feel at home at our preschool and participate in their child’s language and cultural early childhood learning experience.
What Our Families are Saying
Nos encanta El Mundo de Niños ya que le dan la oportunidad a los niños de ser independientes y tomar las riendas de su aprendizaje. El ambiente de la escuela era muy acogedor permitiendo que los niños se sintieran como en casa. Tanto es así, que en muchas oportunidades, mi hijo no quería irse a casa porque quería seguir compartiendo con sus amigos y maestros.
It can be hard to leave your kids with other people every day, so it’s really a gift to have the option to leave them with people that are so wonderful and engaged and knowledgeable. A lot of fun happens at El Mundo de Ninos….and a lot of really intentional learning and skill-building. It’s an environment that is happy and safe and focused. We are so grateful we had the opportunity to send our two kids to El Mundo de Ninos.
My kids felt safe, happy and so, so loved with Maestra Kate and Maestro Walquer. As a parent, I was grateful to have such deep trust that my kids would be given space for creative play and kid-led exploration, time outside, and nutritious food. We were so fortunate to have found a home-based care provider where nurturing bilingualism was as important as it was in my own home.