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The 2020-21 Admissions Season Has Begun!
The 2020-21 Admissions Season Has Begun!

Time to start preparing for enrollment in the 2020-21 school year!

Prospective new families are invited to join Childswork faculty and administrators at our Open House on Saturday, February 22 for an in-depth look at our preschool and kindergarten programs for children from 2.7 years old through Kindergarten age. Tour our facilities and learn more about our developmentally-appropriate, play-based, experiential curriculum and engaging learning environments.

RSVP for our Open House using our online form here!

Placement for new families begins in March. To be considered for fall placement, please fill out our online application here. If you would like to tour the facility before our Open House, please call the Main Office to schedule: 503-234-3611. Tours are held at 9:30 AM, primarily on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tuition assistance is available for qualified families. Applications for tuition assistance are available here, and are due Friday, March 13, 2020 in order to receive first consideration.

Posted on January 15

Sign up to attend our once-annual Spotlight on Kindergarten!

Want to know what makes kindergarten special at Childswork? Would you like to meet our amazing teachers and hear about our child-centered, experiential kindergarten program? We have the event for you!

Please join us at Childswork Learning Center on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM to learn about our developmentally appropriate, experiential kindergarten program. Hear about our language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curriculums. Investigate our classroom learning centers. Converse with teachers Mary Beth Kierstead and Katherine Kruse, Executive Director Julie Lee, and hear thoughts from former Childswork Kindergarten families. This event is open to the public; feel free to bring adult family, neighbors, and friends! Complimentary childcare is available.

To attend, fill out your RSVP here!

Posted on January 8

Winter Enrichment and Spring Break Childcare Registration Begins on Friday, December 6!

Currently enrolled families and families starting in January will receive an email on Friday with links to our online registration forms for Winter Enrichment Classes and Spring Break Childcare.

Here are our Enrichment offerings for Winter Term! All Enrichment classes run from 1 PM to 3 PM.


An introduction to the world of music, this course will explore a variety of musical instruments, as well as rhythm and movement. Each week will incorporate a featured instrument construction project, along with open-ended creation stations. We will listen to different genres of music while we create! Come “jam” with us!

  • Musical Instruments is on Mondays, starting Monday, January 6 and ending Monday, March 16. The cost is $234.


Learning another language is a lot of fun! In this course we will explore a variety of Spanish speaking cultures, learn the basics of the Spanish language and comprehension through songs, stories and play! ¡Vámonos!

  • Spanish is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Tuesday, January 7 and ending on Thursday, March 19. The cost for the 2-day-per-week Spanish session is $546.

TUESDAYS - COOKING with April and Leslie

This course will immerse young chefs into the culinary world through creativity and discovery. We will learn about kitchen safety, all while exploring a variety of sweet and savory concoctions. Children will be introduced to different flavors incorporated into baking and cooking techniques! Come get your mix on in our class!

  • Cooking is on Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, January 7, and ending Tuesday, March 17. The cost is $260.

WEDNESDAYS - S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) with April and Nate

In this course we will gather evidence through a wide array of activities to create knowledge and practice problem solving. We will conduct experiments that will encourage critical thinking skills, and learn through the world of trial and error! Come on board for full STEAM ahead!

  • S.T.E.A.M. is on Wednesdays, starting Wednesday, January 8 and ending Wednesday, March 18. The cost is $286.

THURSDAYS - BIRD WATCHING with Garrett and Nate

We will practice the art of using binoculars and spotting scopes, make bird feeders/birdhouses, look for signs of birds in our neighborhood, practice identifying Portland's backyard bird species, explore eggs, feathers, flight, and so much more! There will be regular art projects combined with a developmentally appropriate exploration of the world of birding. Come fly with us!

  • Bird Watching 101 is on Thursdays, starting on Thursday, January 9, and ending on Thursday, March 19. The cost is $286.

Our full billing and policy procedures are included on the registration forms. Questions? Email Candice at candicea@childswork.org.

Posted on December 3

Our 2019-20 Annual Fund Drive has launched!

It's time for the most critical fundraiser of the year at Childswork: the Annual Fund!

Donate now!

As a non-profit, Childswork depends on the generosity of families to help meet its budget every year, and to provide essential financial support to the school’s programs and mission. While tuition provides the bulk of the funds needed to operate the school, it doesn’t provide 100%. This year, we need to raise an additional $35,000, approximately $175 per family.

Your much-needed gift will help cover costs that keep our school operating and our kids thriving—from paying for our amazing faculty and staff, funding engaging curriculum, to maintaining the magical outdoor learning spaces, and providing financial aid to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford our wonderful programming.

In addition to the typical costs of running the school, this year we have the added challenge of working with the city of Portland on permitting and a possible parking lot restructure. If the city requires that the school create a full-fledged parking lot, we will have to give up nearly two thirds of the outdoor learning space. Our hope is that by petitioning the city, we will be able to keep our valuable outdoor learning spaces intact. To get the best help we can through this process, the school hired a land use attorney, which is adding extra operating costs to this year’s budget. While the Annual Fund will not use all the money on the legal and permitting fees, having your extra financial support will help with these efforts to hopefully save our outdoor learning space from being turned into a parking lot.

The Annual Fund runs until December 20, 2019, and we hope that the Childswork community will participate at whatever level feels comfortable. If you or a business you know would like to participate at a higher level, there are sponsorships available.

Thank you for being a valuable member of the Childswork community, and for joining us in celebrating and supporting this wonderful institution!

Posted on October 30

Creative Reuse Center
Creative Reuse Center

Dear Families,

In an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint and provide our children with enhanced creative opportunities, Childswork Learning Center is promoting our Creative Reuse Center, located in our art studio.

Our re-designed studio is located on the lower level east side of the school. The studio is utilized by teachers and small groups of children daily.

The Creative Reuse Center houses items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Our goal is to reclaim items and offer an eclectic array of reused materials for children to create projects.

The concept of the Creative Reuse Center originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Known as Remida, educators and families in Reggio Emilia connect with manufacturers and businesses to collect recycled materials. Each year, the schools unite and provide an assortment of beautiful materials in the town square. Families gather to create projects, then the materials are saved and utilized again for future projects.

The Creative Reuse Center at Childswork is inspired by the Reggio curriculum. Our children are encouraged to create original pieces without using glue, tape, or staples. A photograph is taken of the child’s work, then the materials are stored for future use.

Families may help by donating the following items:

  • Clean egg and berry cartons
  • Bottle caps
  • Caps from squeeze applesauce and yogurt
  • Acorns
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Corks
  • Curtain Rings
  • Stones
  • Feathers
  • Golf Tees
  • Key rings
  • Keys
  • Small pieces of netting
  • Nuts and bolts
  • CDs and cases
  • Pegs
  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • We are looking for items that would otherwise be sent to a landfill as opposed to purchased items.

Susan Johnson is the Childswork Studio Coordinator. If you have questions, feel free to contact her at susan@childswork.org.

Posted on October 15

2019-2020 School Year Calendar Released

You can now find our 2019-2020 school year calendar by clicking here.

Our calendar includes important dates. For example: Enrichment classes beginning and end times, and break child care registration. Keep a copy all year-round to stay on top of all the happenings at Childswork!

Posted on March 22

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Important Dates
Feb. 22, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2020-21 Admissions Open House Join Childswork faculty and administrators for an in-depth look at our preschool and kindergarten programs for children from 2.7 years old through Kindergarten age. Tour our facilities and learn more about our developmentally-appropriate, play-based, experiential curriculum and engaging learning environments. RSVP using our online form: https://forms.gle/RxvKM8ifME4D194h7

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About Childswork

Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

Childswork is a safe place for children to explore, take chances, make messes and learn through play. At Childswork we nurture wonder, we embrace joy, and we foster discovery.

Rights of Participation

No person shall be denied the services or facilities of this organization or be excluded from participation or services because of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, handicap, or national origin; discrimination of any kind is expressly prohibited.