[heading] by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography [/heading]

It all started five years ago when Dana Hamson met Angela, her business partner, through the Spanish Language Congregation at her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Both licensed daycare providers, the women came up with the idea of starting a bilingual daycare center and Amigos Bilingues Childcare was born.

“Amigos Bilingues Childcare caters to individuals who would like their children to be bilingual,” said Dana. “We have several families whose parents speak Spanish, and want their children to continue strengthening their Spanish skills.” Dana, who has two Masters Degrees from San Diego State University – in Social Work, and in Public Health – explains that parents also sign up simply because they are interested in having their children speak

two languages.

Childcare is certainly not an area in which Dana lacks experience. She and her husband, Matt Hamson, are busy raising seven children of their own, ranging from one year old to eighteen. “We did not start out with the idea of having a big family,” said Dana, “but we are very glad we did!”

This family of nine is certainly an active one. “The beach is my family’s favorite place,” said Dana. “The children and their father love to surf, boogie board, body surf, skim board, kayak, play volleyball and just play for hours on the beach. They also love sports – we have water polo, rugby and volleyball players!”

For the past five years, Dana and her husband have been leading the Spanish Language Congregation at their church. “It has grown significantly over the last few years and has members from countries all over the world – Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and El Salvador,” exuded Dana. “We feel a great deal of satisfaction in getting to know the members from so many different cultures and providing what support we can to help build and strengthen the Congregation.”

With all that she has on her plate, it seems unlikely Dana would have any free time. But don’t let her busy schedule fool you. Somehow Dana also manages to find time for exercise. “I love to walk, jog or bike around Poway!”

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Name: Dana Vaughan Hamson
Community: Poway
Affiliation: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Occupation: Daycare provider
Family: Married 22 years to Matt Hamson, seven children

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