Background History

Emmanuel Materia is the Executive Director of Hidden Little Treasures Learning Center. He has over 21 years experience working with and or teaching children. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and his Masters focuses in Education of Cross-Cultural Teaching. He has had the experience of being a Social Recreational Director of a Boys and Girls Club where he not only developed fun activities for the after school program, but also implemented programs to teach the older kids conflict, stress and health management skills. He has had the privilege to teach Kindergarten and First Grade for four years in California and VPK for two years at Roots and Wings Learning Center where he is also the Executive Director.

Ruby Cano is the Assistant Director of Hidden Little Treasures Learning Center and the wife of Emmanuel Materia. She has worked with Infants all the way to preschool age children at Roots and Wings Learning Center in St. Augustine for over 6 years where so many families gave her the trust in caring for their children. She is always ready to assist the staff in any classroom that assistance is needed.

Erika Cano is the Center Director of Hidden Little Treasures Learning Center. She has over 15 years experience working with children. Her expertise is working with children of all ages with special needs. She has worked with special needs children in California and assisted in the well being of abused woman, men and children. When she moved to Florida, her greatest achievement was the privilege to help children with disabilities at the school for the Deaf and Blind.

As Family and operators, they are very excited in getting to know all the families that are giving them and their own family the trust and opportunity in caring for their most precious treasures, the children.


Committed to:

  • Quality childhood development and academic programs
  • Providing students with a balanced early learning program within a positive environment
  • Recognizing the value of each student as an individual and structure curriculum to meet the needs of each child
  • Providing caring, qualified and dedicated teachers
  • Providing a clean and safe learning environment

Our Vision

To lead, build up and equip our children to love others, while developing them in all areas of their lives through a high quality and developmentally appropriate education in a safe, loving, nurturing environment.