C is for CALIENTE.
Today, we are proud to feature EduVillage Learning Center as a successful Hispanic business and a longtime tenant at Kendall Professional Village located on Kendall Drive and SW 97 Avenue.
The learning center shares the same building with the University of Miami Health Center and CVS drug store and is owned and operated by Carlos and Gretta Martinez.
Carlos is President and CEO of an 800 employee non-profit organization serving disabled and older adults in South Florida, and Gretta is the day-to-day operator and director of the learning center that primarily serves the doctors, nurses, and employees of its neighbor U Health and nearby Baptist Health Hospital Main Campus.
The center serves 98 children and their families. “ Gretta is a teacher and psychologist,” says her husband Carlos. “She is passionate about the care and safety of the children under the care of the professional teaching staff, but you can’t be effective raising resilient children without the input of everyone involved in the child’s life”. The school was inspired and modeled after the book “ It takes a village to raise a child” written by former first lady Hillary Clinton, which emphasis on the need to have multiple influencers such as parents, grandparents, siblings, physicians, coaches and people involved in a child’s life working in tandem to increase the chance of the child’s success.
Education runs in Gretta’s DNA starting with her grandmother, Stella Carty, who owned and operated schools in their native Peru. Gretta started her version of the school in the U.S. in 2005 and has operated various schools since then. The key to the couple’s success goes beyond education. “ You must be in-tune with the needs of each family that you serve in order to be successful in preparing children to be resilient and provide them with the fundamentals to succeed in early learning”.

Gretta and Carlos Martinez of Eduvillage at KPV, Kendall FL