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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

Childswork is hiring!

Our school is currently looking for part time and full time teachers for the 2019-20 school year! To apply, please follow the instructions on our Employment page.

Posted on May 13

Summer Camp 2019 Registration is Open!

Registration for Summer Camp 2019 at Childswork is officially open! All Summer Camp forms are now printed and available in the main office. Forms can also be found here on the website:

  • The Summer Camp 2019 calendar can be found here.
  • The Summer Camp Registration Form can be found here.
  • Summer Camp Emergency and Pick-up Authorization Forms can be found here.

To register for Summer Camp, Registration, Emergency Forms, and Authorized Pick-up Forms need to be returned to the office along with payment for the camps you have selected. You may also send your forms via email to ashley@childswork.org.

Posted on April 1

2019-2020 School Year Calendar Released

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

This year, our calendar includes important dates like school, Enrichment class, 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

Spring Enrichment class and conference camp registration is open!

Registration for spring Enrichment classes and spring conference camps (for conference days on April 25 & 26) is now open for currently enrolled families! Spring Break camp registration is CLOSED, as all available spots have been filled.

Click here to access the sign-up form and class descriptions for spring Enrichment classes.

Click here to access the sign-up form for spring conference camps.

To register for Enrichment classes and/or spring conference camps, please send your completed registration form/s to Candice in the Explorers office:

Childswork Learning Center
ATTN: Explorers Office
4235 SE Salmon St
Portland, OR 97215

Posted on February 8

Important Dates for 2019-2020 Registration

Registration has opened for currently enrolled families! Below are important dates to keep track of for registration season.

Friday, February 8th
Registration opens for currently enrolled families for Spring 2019 Enrichment classes and conference camps.

Friday, February 15th
Tuition contracts for Fall 2019-20 emailed to currently enrolled families who turned in enrollment forms by February 1.

Friday, February 22nd
Tuition contracts and deposits due from currently enrolled families to secure classroom spots for Fall 2019-20.

Friday, March 15th
Due date for first consideration: TADS financial assistance applications.

Monday, April 1st
Summer camp registration opens to current families and public.

Posted on February 6

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Important Dates
Oct. 23, 2019 - Oct. 24, 2019 Fall Sharing Celebration Singing songs, making cider, and donating food to families in need in our community! Oct. 31, 2019 - Nov. 1, 2019 Parent/Teacher Conferences No school! For childcare availability, contact candicea@childswork.org. Nov. 6, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Make-up Picture Day Individual photos taken for kids who were absent on their class's picture day. Nov. 8, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kids' Night Out An evening to let kids socialize at school while their grown-ups have a night off! Nov. 11, 2019
all day
Veterans' Day No school, no childcare! Nov. 27, 2019 - Nov. 29, 2019 Thanksgiving Break No school, no childcare!

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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.