Gnome Dance at the Violet Garden Waldorf Preschool

March 16, 2015

Gnome party
Come watch as the Violet Garden host it's annual "Gnome Dance" and open house.  Watch as the gnomes do their joyful work song and enjoy delicious gnome cake.  Gluten free options available.  It all happens this Wednesday March 18th at noon promptly.

For more information call 503 230 0089 or visit us online at

Address is 818 SE Lambert St, Portland OR 97202, half a block from the Sellwood Park.

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Reliable and Responsible Nanny Available

Hi, I am a nanny seeking a new family to work for. I have experience with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and beyond and am looking for a long term commitment beginning no later than mid April, but as early as March 30th. 

I am patient, reliable and responsible. Activities I like to do with kids include reading, arts and crafts, playing outside (even if it means getting dirty,) going to the pool, bike rides, walks around the neighborhood, trips to OMSI, zoo, forestry center, story time etc. 

I am happy to assist with meal prep, children's laundry, sleep training, making baby food, walking the dog etc.  

I am college educated, and have several great references who are happy to talk with you. I am a generally happy person who is a good communicator. I am seeking a family who is happy, communicates well, and is looking for a long term (1+ yr) commitment.

I am seeking a family who needs care on Tue, Thur and/or Fridays. I am open to non-traditional schedules, so if you work evenings, or extra long days, I am happy to discuss it. I also have experience with multiples and nanny shares. I do not have a car, but get around by bus, bike and foot without any problems. I live in inner NE and am hoping to find a family nearby or easy to get to by bus and/or bike. 

My rates are $14-18 depending on the number of children and related duties. I can be reached at

Thanks! Sara

FT Loving, Patient, Reliable Nanny Available 3/23


Hello Portland Families! 

 My name is Alaina and I am 27 year old, Portland native, who's hoping to find a full time nanny position. I am available M-F and hoping to work at least 30 hours per week, 35 would be a plus but not required. I am available to start as early as March 23rd. My most current job was working at a Pre-school/Daycare called West Hills Learning Center, in Multnomah Village. I started out as the Assistant Teacher in the Pre-K classroom, when I decided to start looking for a nanny job I moved to part time as a floater, which had me working in all of the classrooms 8 months- 5 years old. West Hills was a great place to work, and I learned so much there, with all of the different ages, to teaching styles, and large number of children in each class, I really soaked up as much knowledge as I could to help me in my future child care positions. With that said, I have realized I thrive more in a smaller group setting. I like the intimacy and attention you are able to give each child. I like growing close with the families, and having the time to be able to give updates to the parents about how the day went, and what new fun things we did during the day. 

 In the past I have worked for the Beaverton School District as a Substitute Teacher's Assistant, I worked in mostly special ed classrooms, and children with behavioral issues, ranging for K-12, I have worked in after school art programs, and I have been a Nanny to multiple families, which I have grown to have great relationships with. Kids age ranging from 3 months-8 years old. Of course I have babysat throughout every job I have had starting at a very early age. With all my past experience I have always gone back to wanting to be a Nanny, I believe it truly is my passion to care for children, and there is no greater feeling then leaving a days work actually feeling like you have made a difference in someones life. 

 A little about me, and my teaching style. Like I said before, I have grown up in the Portland metro area my whole life, I love Oregon and all if has to offer. Like most Oregonians, I love the lifestyle we are able to have by living here, beautiful day hikes, weekend trips to the Oregon Coast and the Mountain, trying a new awesome restaurant each weekend, eating locally and as healthy as possible. Its very important for me to be active, and healthy, and that is definitely incorporated in when I am watching children. I like to have the kids help me cook, get them involved and show them what its like to eat from the garden, daily walks, and exploring all nature has to offer. Rain or shine, I need to go outside everyday! I very much believe a child's imagination is the most important thing to exercise and discover. Letting the child know they are loved and cared for on a daily basis, making sure they are comfortable and knowing you are there for them with all of their questions and concerns, helping them when they need help, but also letting them try new things on their own, and learning together is the most important thing I can provide as a Nanny and caregiver. 

 As a Nanny, I would make sure each day we would go outside, hopefully incorporate arts and crafts on a daily basis (because I love art projects as much as the kids do!) read books, prepare healthy snacks, listen and dance to music, explore new parks, and honestly just try to learn and play as much as we can, and have a great time doing it! 

 I have a 2002 Subaru Outback, which is a very safe and reliable car. I have had my license since I was 16, with an amazing driving record. I recently renewed my First Aid/CPR training in January, and am enrolled in the Criminal Background Check. Thank I am comfortable with pets, and don't mind walking the dog. I am comfortable with meal prep, light house keeping, and running errands. I don't smoke. 

 Even though I myself am not a mother yet, I can imagine trying to find the right Nanny for your family to be a very hard process. I don't blame the family for wanting to maybe have a lengthy hiring process, or wanting to do a trial run to see if you are a right fit before hiring, and to me that makes so much sense. You can't be too sure when you know this person is going to be watching your children. So with that said, I am available for contact through e-mail or phone. If you're interested I can send my Resume which gives in greater detail my childcare experience, we can chat on the phone before meeting to see if we would be a good fit for each other! 

 Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, I am a very caring, reliable, patient, and open minded person, I look at being a Nanny as a career, and not just a job to have until I find something better. I am very excited to find the next family to work with. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you! 

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Caregiver needed 3/23

Seeking a caring, creative caregiver for our two girls, 5 and almost 3, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30-6:00.  Days would be spent playing and doing projects at home and going to parks, singalongs and museums. Would start next Monday, March 23. We currently live in Irvington, but will be moving, possibly to SE, in a few months. Driver’s license a plus but not necessary.

Also seeking caregiver to do pickup from ChildRoots SE preschool Thursdays and Fridays at 4:30, bringing the girls 3.5 miles home and staying until 6:30 (pickups could be by bike or car, either way will add $4/day for milage).  Could be same person as above or a different person.

Also seeking “backup” caregiver who may be interesting in occasionally filling in Mon-Weds, or for occasional evening / weekend babysitting.

If interested, please send me an email telling me a little about yourself, your interest and availability for the above, and your hourly rate. Thank you!! 


Laura_Hartzell at

NE Portland- Second family for nanny share with 16-month old

Hi! We are looking for a second family to join our 16-month old daughter and current nanny in a nanny share. We would be looking to start the nanny share the week of April 20 (or anytime after that date) and are looking for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (or any combination thereof); our nanny would be available to do Thursdays with just your little if interested! My husband and I both work full-time jobs and care is generally from 8/8:30 - 3:30/4 pm.

We live in NE Portland (Rose City Park) and would ideally like to find another family with a kiddo close in age to our daughter (15-24 months?) and close by; willing to host at our home or share care between homes. We have had a nanny share until recently and our home is set up to handle two kiddos. We do have a lab mix, 4 year old dog (who is indoor/outdoor and very used to being part of our daughter's "pack").

Our nanny is 26 years old,responsible and takes direction well; she has been with our family for just over a year. If interested, please send me a message at and we'll take it from there! Thanks!


March 15, 2015

We are a busy family looking for the perfect fit to help raise our kiddos and keep our household running smoothly. We would like to find someone interested in a long term commitment that can help us streamline our daily routine and maximize our family time.

About the family: We have two fun children (6 yr old girl and 3 yr old boy) who like to play at the Children's museum, OMSI and the park. We need help getting to / from school, getting homework done each day and all day Tuesday for our youngest (25 hours/per week)

We would prefer someone who could help out with light housekeeping. Duties would include pick ups and drop-offs. Some help preparing meals would be ideal. It is important to us that you have your own car.

Thank you for considering this position. We are very excited to find the right fit - in hopes that this will be a long-term relationship!


Please, contact me directly at

Full Time Care Available for an Infant/Young Toddler near SE Woodstock

March 14, 2015

Are you looking for high-quality, affordable, personalized childcare in SE Portland?

Would your child thrive in a small, family-like environment rather than a crowded center?

Do you like the idea of a nanny share, but with a bit more structure and dependability (and not in your house)?

I have been providing child care for a small group of babies and toddlers in my home since November 2012, shortly after the birth of my oldest son.  Before this, I worked closely with kids of all ages for over 12 years as an environmental educator, elementary school teacher and as a nanny.  I love spending time with children!

Our group is very much like a little family; with just a few children here at one time, I am able to provide lots of individualized attention.  My oldest son is now in preschool and I will be caring for my youngest son who is 5 months old, an 8 month old boy, and a 15 month old girl.  I currently have availability for one more child to join our group full-time between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Ideally, I would love to find a family who is looking for at least 36 hours per week of care for their child whose birthday falls between October 2013 and October 2014.  My full-time rate is $7.50 per hour.

My home is located near SE Woodstock and 60th.  Inside, we enjoy lots of free play and exploration - there are plenty of books and toys, but no TV!  We like to spend lots of time outside as well - we explore nearby parks, investigate the vegetable garden, make messes on the deck, and play in the fully fenced yard.

As a child care provider (and a parent) I value maintaining a flexible routine to our days - I find that young children benefit from knowing the general flow of the day and what is coming next.  I believe that infants and toddlers thrive with consistent and adequate rest, so age-appropriate naps are prioritized.  I even have separate sleeping areas for each child!  I am open to supporting a variety of parenting styles and values and I have lots of experience with cloth diapering, bottle feeding, baby wearing, special diets, baby-led weaning, baby sign language, and potty learning.  I am trained in first aid and CPR and have a food handler's license.  While I don't adhere to a single parenting or educational methodology, I am familiar with and borrow ideas from the RIE, Attachment Parenting, Waldorf and Montessori philosophies.

If it sounds like my care might be a good fit for your family, please contact me with questions or for more information!

~ Annie

Simple Traditions Child Care

Seeking Second Family for Full-Time Nanny Share in SE Portland

March 13, 2015

We are seeking a second family for a full-time nanny share with our awesome nanny in SE Portland.  We live in the Woodstock neighborhood and have a 13 month old son.  Our nanny is currently with us 3 days a week and is amazing.  She also does some light housekeeping.  We want to move to full time and would like to split with another family.  The hours would be 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday (but could move to 9 am to 5 pm in September) with rotating houses.  I anticipate the cost to be about $1,600 per family per month.  Please e-mail or call if interested.



Looking for a 2nd family for a nanny-share in NW or SW Portland starting mid/end of May 2015

I am looking for another family to start a nanny-share in the NW or SW area.  I work as a physical therapist at Good Samaritan Hospital in NW and we currently live in SW Hillsdale area.  My daughter will be 3.5 months when I return to work mid-May.  I can be flexible on days per week, times, location, pay rate, etc.  Please contact me if you are interested. -MJ

Woven Hearts Preschool has Openings in North Portland

March 12, 2015

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Located in St. Johns, Woven Hearts Preschool is an in-home, arts and nature focused program. We follow a simple, consistent rhythm that helps support the healthy growth and development of children with a play-based philosophy. Wholesome Organic snacks and lunch are provided, and children participate in the preparation and clean-up of these daily activities. Outside play will occur everyday, rain or shine. We have a fully-fenced in yard, where children can play in the garden or in our digging pit. 

Curriculum is fostered with an emphasis on practical life skills, along with vigorous healthy play and sensory stimulation which provide fertile ground for higher learning in the child's life, which include language development, dexterity, math skills, social skills, and creative thinking. In addition, songs, craft activities, baking, painting, gardening, sewing, cooking, washing, and story-telling will be woven into our days!

Care is provided from 8:30 am-2:30 pm, on Wednesdays,Thursdays, & Fridays, and a half-day option is also available from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Children who stay for the longer day with also have a time of rest. Children ages 2-5 are welcome. 

I have over 15 years experience nurturing, teaching, and caring for children in both public and private school settings. I am a Lifeways Certified Childcare provider, and I am also a mother of 3 children. I have been engaged in supporting families in childbirth as a labor doula since 2009. My passion for building relationships with parents and their children is a foundation in the work I carry to our community.

Please contact Jennifer for more details and to schedule a visit, at 971-409-5968 or email for more information.




After-school care needed for 9-month-old baby boy - starting 3/16/15

March 08, 2015

We are in need of an individual who can pick up our 9-month-old baby boy from day-care and watch him for 2 hrs on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Experience with babies < 1 yr old is a must! We will not be providing transportation, so this requires someone with an impeccable driving record and proof of insurance. We will compensate for gas to/from day-care in addition to providing a reasonable hourly wage. We will also provide you with a baby-seat to permit transport to/from day-care. Both the day-care and our home are located in the Cedar Mill area. Please contact me, Ellie, at:

Trustworthy, Creative-minded, Naturalist Nanny available March 23rd in SE!

March 06, 2015

Hey there Urban Mamas!

Are you looking for a mature, down to earth, responsible, punctual, well rounded and highly experienced childcare provider? Look no further! :)
My name is Katy and I am a 28 year old, college educated, creative and FUN nanny living in the Mt. Scott/Arleta neighborhood of SE. One of the mothers I currently work for is reducing her work schedule to spend more time with her  awesome kiddos, so I am searching for another lovely family to work for. I am available as early as March 23rd. I am open to waiting until as late as April 1st for the right fit. 
I have great references! All will contest to my honest, strong work ethic, excellent childcare skills and easygoing, warm personality. I have over 10 years of childcare, teaching, and tutoring experience.  3+ years of gymnastics and theater teaching experience has made movement and creativity the crux of the childcare I provide! I speak Spanish very proficiently and would be more than happy to incorporate the Spanish language into my care, as well. Children in my charge with enjoy nature walks, creative outdoor play, games and songs. In my spare time, I am studying herbalism. I intern 4 hours a week at the Hawthorne Herb Shoppe. I love sharing my love for plants with children. We always stop and smell the roses!
I have the most experience caring for and teaching toddlers. I would prefer to work with one or two toddlers, but am open to any age if it's the right fit :) I love caring for children of all ages. A typical day with me and a toddler would look like Story time at the library, followed by adventures at the playground, singing improvised songs about plants and animals, movement based and creative games, and consistent nap schedule. I am also experienced with potty training toddlers and am very attentive, always positive and encouraging. I am very invested in supporting and fostering children's natural creativity, curiosity and brilliance! 
I am very happy to work for all varieties of families and as a queer person, I welcome and celebrate LGBTQ families. I would love to work for a family that celebrates diversity, culture and natural healthy living.
I would prefer to work for a family relatively close to my neighborhood, as I love to ride my bike to work! I have a drivers license, vehicle, and squeaky clean driving record.  I'd  prefer to drive my employer's vehicle if driving is part of my work responsibilities.  I'd be more than happy to hitch a trailer on my bicycle! I'm an excellent, highly experienced and safe city cyclist. That is more my style of transportation :)  
I am ideally looking to work 3-4 full weekdays/week. I work on a sliding scale depending on the number of children and responsibilities of the position.  Feel free to contact me about rates and other details. I hope to get the opportunity to meet you and your family soon! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my posting :) 
Feel free to email me at

We seek second family for nanny-share!

St John's family seeking another family to nanny-share in N or NE Portland. I am (mom) just returning to work and looking to liberate my son's beloved grandma who has been handling the childcare duties, he just turned four months old. I'd like an in-home nanny because I value minimal car time for the little guy, so I'd like to find a family that is near us if we rotate houses. We are in the process of interviewing nannies and this seems like the perfect time to team up with a partner family. We can host the children and their nanny full-time or rotate houses. My schedule is full-time m-f 730 am to 430 pm and we plan to have the nanny with us during those hours. If this may work for you and your child please contact us at  Thank you!



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Part-time nanny needed for infant in NoPo on Tues/Thurs


We are looking for a part-time nanny or nanny share for our son, Julien, starting at the end of this month.  He will be 12 weeks old at that time.  He is a very sweet and curious little boy already and loves staring at faces, smiling, cooing and reaching for his sensory toys.  He's not a big fan of tummy time but we are working on that.

We live in North Portland and need someone on Tuesdays from 12 - 6pm and on Thursdays from 10 - 6pm.  I would prefer in-home childcare at my home but I am open to other arrangements, especially if doing a nanny share.

I am a first time mom and want to find someone who is experienced with infants and who can give Julien all the love and attention a young baby like him needs.  Please email with any questions you may have along with your qualifications and references.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Portland Baby School Open House

March 05, 2015

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Portland Baby School will have an open house on Sunday, March 29 from 2-4 PM. We are now accepting applications for our fall 2015 infant cohort. RSVP here for our address.


We are located in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood. We provide nurturing, family-like care for children 12 weeks to 3 years old. For more information about our program, check out our website at

RARE mid-year openings at Mighty Oaks Preschool

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 3.20.11 PMMighty Oaks Preschool has two half-day spaces available: 2 day available immediately and 5 day available beginning in April.  Mighty Oaks Preschool is a licensed, non-profit, Montessori-inspired, Eco-Healthy certified preschool in the Grant Park/Hollywood neighborhood. We believe that children learn best by doing and experiencing life first-hand.  At Mighty Oaks we get our hands dirty in the garden, care for chickens, create art, engage in dramatic play, make music, practice yoga, explore, learn, laugh, and grow together.  Founder, Brittany Smith, M.A.T. – supported by four experienced board members – has cultivated a nurturing educational environment that fosters kindergarten readiness and independence while endeavoring to instill a lifelong love of learning through a foundation of play and discovery.  

For more information visit our website: or check us out on Facebook at:

To schedule a tour, email: or give us a call at (503) 922-2869

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Opening for 1 infant RIE/ Attachment caregiving In Home Daycare

Caterpillar Care In Home Daycare is a certified daycare in NE Portland on Skidmore near Williams. 
I offer patient and consistent care in a secure home environment. I am inspired by the RIE philosophies of Janet Lansbury and Magda Gerber combined with the attachment style caregiving of Dr. Sears. I use respectful communication and positive discipline with the children, maintaining clear, consistent, and loving boundaries. I have built my business around relationships with many families who see that working with small children is truly my calling.

I believe in the necessity of healthy nutrition, creative expression, and movement. Our days are filled with guitar time, craft time, book time, and outside time. I provide mostly organic whole foods to the children because I understand that a strong nutritional foundation is important for healthy growth and brain development. I enjoy thinking of creative sensory activities and other open-ended crafts. Our outdoor space has areas for gross motor development and we also enjoy walking to local parks for some free-range fun.

I have availability for an infant Monday through Thursday 9 am- 5 pm starting April 1. I am looking for a family who needs 3 or 4 full days of care. After July 1st, I am hoping this family would be interested in continuing to have me care for their child in a nanny-share with one other family who lives in the Hollywood district.

Here is my childcare blog: 




We are looking for a Babysitter and Childcare

March 03, 2015


We are looking for a babysitter who can come to our house sometimes on the weekends, so we can have a night out.

We are also looking for Childcare service in SE Portland for our 18-month old son starting April/May
We are located in the Woodstock area in SE Portland.
Please email: or call 206 395 5362 Alex


March 02, 2015

We are looking for a second family to nanny share with our wonderful nanny. Our daughter turns two this month. Our nanny works Monday through Thursday 7-4:30. We live in West Hills area and our nanny lives in Northeast Portland- either area works for us. We can share/split hosting between homes.

If you are interested we would love to talk to you.

Whitney (

Wow and Flutterville Playopolis Hiring PT Wobbler Teacher

March 01, 2015

Wow and Flutterville Playopolis is hiring a pt wobbler teacher for our Waldorf-inspired playgarden. We are seeking a loving, experienced provider who values children and their work, play.

Please see our ad on craigslist to learn more.

Little Imprints Preschool in North Portland


Now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year.


Located near the Adidas Village in North Portland (close to the intersection of N Greeley and N Killingsworth), Little Imprints is a licensed, in-home preschool. We offer care Monday through Friday, from 8:30 until 2:30. Half days are available from 8:30 until 12:30. Care is available for preschool aged children, between 3 and 5 years old. We follow the Portland Public School schedule for all major holiday and seasonal closings. Our summer care program will run from July 6th until August 14th.

Our daily routine involves a multitude of authentic, open ended materials, engaging art, nature, and music activities, and healthy organic snacks. We believe that less is more in the preschool environment, and the materials and objects within the school are tailored to expand upon the interests of each and every child. We have a large, fenced in backyard, and frequently explore the neighborhoods and parks surrounding the school. Indoor and outdoor play are equally important, and we go outside each day rain or shine.

At Little Imprints, we believe in instilling a love of learning, play, and exploration to the children in our care. Our school is designed with the intent of teaching children to become confident and effective communicators. We achieve this aim by having a maximum of 6 children in our care each day, while providing a safe, comfortable environment for the children to practice all the important life skills they will need to prosper.

For more information, visit our website at Little Imprints or visit our facebook page at Little Imprints Facebook.  We offer open houses to families interested in care, please send an e-mail to to schedule a visitation. 


Seeking a Full Time Nanny or Nanny-share for Our Infant in N Portland

February 28, 2015

Hello! We are looking for an energetic, fun and nurturing nanny to care for our daughter beginning in mid-April. Our baby will be 5 months old by that time and will need full time care Mon-Fri. We would like to match her up with someone who is comfortable with pets, enjoys outdoor time and going for walks to the park, engaging our baby in music, play and encouraging development with age appropriate activities. Driving is a bonus but not necessary. Please include a description of your childcare experience.

We are also open to a nanny-share situation in the N Portland area (we are in the Overlook neighborhood) and welcome any inquiries. 

Please e-mail responses to 

Seeking Substitute Teacher for Pre-School

February 20, 2015

Oak & Rose School for Early Childhood is seeking an on-call substitute teacher to work with multiple age groups, as needed.

Our School: Oak & Rose has two locations serving NE Portland families. We offer curriculum based care for children ages 6 weeks old to 5 years of age. We envision a learning community that supports experiential learning, creative expression, outdoor adventure, and a garden and food program children can participate in. Above all, we aim to co-create a space based on community and respect.

Please see our website for more information:

Position: We are seeking an experienced childcare provider (nanny or teacher) to join our staff as a substitute teacher. We are looking for an outgoing and spirited leader who can jump in as a co-teacher. Your shifts will depend on our staff taking time off for vacation, illness, or other commitments.

Availability: Must be willing to take on either 6 hour or 10 hour shifts on short notice, M-F 7:30am - 6pm, as needed. Potential to take on regularly scheduled part-time hours in the future.

Experience: Experience with child-care required

Contact: Please send resume and introduction letter, including why this position would be a good fit, to along with any questions you may have.

Compensation: Competitive hourly rate

Alice's In home daycare

February 17, 2015

Leave your child at Grandma's house! Quality in home daycare in Northeast Portland. I have been providing daycare to the children of Portland for 35 years and am a licensed in home daycare provider. I specialize in babies and toddlers and I have a passion for caring for children and treat them as if they were my own family. My goal is to provide a warm, stimulating, loving and reliable atmosphere for children when mom and dad have to work. I have immediate openings and would love the opportunity to meet with you and your child and see if my home would be the right fit for you! Please call me at 5032537421, Alice House

Over The Rainbow Family Learning Center

February 16, 2015

Hello everyone! I am working on opening a preschool and drop-in play center for children with unique learning needs. ALL children will be welcome, but the program may be of particular interest to parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, behavioral challenges, sensory processing issues, or just high levels of energy! I am hoping to start a list of people who would be interested in updates and who might be interested in any of our programs. Please visit to learn more, and fill out the WANT MORE INFO form.

A little  about what I am planning:

- A flexible program that allows you to choose which, and how many, days you child will attend.
- A preschool that allows your child to learn in his own style, at his own pace. 
- A program where staff members understand that many children have different needs for movement and sensory input.
- A relaxed, fun environment where your child can feel welcome and accepted. 
- A program where, as a parent, your knowledge about your child and the things that you want for him or her are important and respected.

- A full time day care center
- A therapy center

We will also be offering "Tot School" for children under 3 and their parents, drop-in play hours for children of all ages and their parents or caregivers, monthly respite care events, family events, and more! 

I am hoping to make this place a home away from home for parents and kids, so I would be interested in hearing your opinions, thoughts, questions, etc. I don't yet have a location, either, so I am open to suggestions for that as well. Thanks for your help!
- Angel


Looking for Nanny Share Partner in N/NE PDX

February 15, 2015

Hi There!

We are looking for a full-time nanny share partner family starting just after 4th of July. I am having a baby boy in a couple of weeks, so he will be about 4 months old when it is time for me to head back to work.

We live in close N Portland, right off of Mississippi, and would love to find another family to share a nanny with in the general area. We are open to how it will all work, but imagine we will trade off days between our homes. I work in inner SE (Morrison and Grand) and my husband works in NW, so families in those areas could work as well.

Please contact me so thaat we can see if our families are a good match at

I look forward to meeting you!

Wow and Flutterville Playopolis Hiring FT Wobbler Teacher

February 14, 2015

We are hiring a loving assistant teacher for our sweet group of wobblers ages 13 months-2 years. As a Waldorf-inspired, certified in-home program we seek a teacher with a reverence for children and their right to learn through open-ended play, a love of the outdoors and experience with this age group in a certified program.


If you have one year of experience in a certified program please email Deanna Cohen/Owner/Director to arrange an interview.


We pay a fair wage, paid legal holidays and annual vacation and are looking for loving teachers who view childcare as a honorable profession.

Spilt Milk Nannies - Sitters at the click of a button

February 12, 2015



Modern family life is hectic. We get it. Balancing work, family, and activities is a lot of work. Everyone needs a break from time to time. Now you can relax knowing you'll always have access to great sitters. Spilt Milk Nannies is a subscription service that recruits and maintains a community of babysitters so parents have free time when they need it. 

Our nannies are highly qualified, reliable and experienced. They are intelligent, driven and kind people who are capable and caring childcare providers. Schedule your sitter on our secure and personalized website. Let the free time begin! Check us out at

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at:

AlderWood Preschool Now Enrolling!

February 09, 2015

AlderWood is a small unqiue preschool program located in the Cully/Roseway neighborhood of NE portland.

We focus on independence, empathy, and creative thinking. We are a full-day program, and we offer sliding scale tuition.

Visit for more information.

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Preschool Openings at the Living Wisdom School

February 06, 2015

Dedicated to an education centered in the heart, the Living Wisdom School Portland-Beaverton supports children’s blossoming mental, emotional, & physical development in a joyful, spiritually uplifting environment. As an Education for Life school, we teach meditation, compassion, & mindfulness to our students beginning in preschool. Living Wisdom School has been serving children & families preschool to 8th grade since 1997. 

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Professional On-Call Nannies - Just a phone call away!

January 29, 2015

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Need an extra hand?  Occasional babysitter?  Sick-child care?  Date night?

Care Givers Placement Agency has helped thousands of families secure great child care - with just a phone call.  Members of CGPA can arrange an on-call nanny whenever they have a need.   Just call us and we'll match you with a thoroughly screened, professional nanny.  Reservations are available for as little as a 4-hour shift; short-term, part-time and overnight nannies are also available.

You can reserve a nanny ahead of time or take advantage of our next-day or same-day service, 7 days a week.

Trust your children to the experts.  Register with CGPA today.  Mention UrbanMamas for a free registration ($25 value).  Care Givers Placement Agency  or call 503-244-6370.

Hawthorne Family Playschool Open House!

January 25, 2015


Come play with us during our OPEN HOUSE! 


When: Saturday, February 7th,2015, 10 AM - 12 PM

Where: 2828 SE Stephens Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

Hawthorne Family Playschool is a Co-operative preschool in SE Portland for children ages 3-5. Join Teacher Susan and the Hawthorne Family Playschool community for a meet and greet and tour of our wonderful school.

Susan takes great satisfaction in influencing young people and their parents, as evidenced by her professional stance on early childhood education:
In an age in which teachers are pressured to teach academics, stripping learning from any meaningful context, HFP values play at the heart of our curriculum.
In an age in which face-to-face time diminishes along with the increase of screen time, we nourish children’s social learning as we assist them in gaining skills to build valuable relationships.
In an age of extreme individualism, we believe in the value of a caring and engaged learning community.
In an age in which parents of young children are exhausted and isolated, we bring families together for meaningful work, social engagement and support.
In an age of oppression, we challenge narrow gender scripting, biased language, and stereotyped portrayals, providing children with more expansive notions of what it is to be human.
At a time when there’s a growing awareness of the disregard for our planet, we take seriously our role as stewards of the earth, nurturing children’s connections to the natural world.
HFP safeguards childhood so children may learn joyfully.

For more information, please visit our website:

Honoring Play. Safeguarding Childhood.

New NE Center Location: Small Wonders School

January 22, 2015

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We are pleased to announce the opening of the new Small Wonders School early childhood center this coming June 15, 2015. We are now accepting applications and enrolling for our 2015 Summer Session or our 2015-16 school year. Currently undergoing a complete renovation this new center sized program will ultimately serve 60 children daily ages 24 months to 6. Conveniently located in Hollywood and Laurelhurst  along the commuting routes of Sandy, Broadway and I-84 this new offering provides the NE Portland community with an accessible, central childcare location at 3634 NE Sandy Blvd. For more information please visit us at and contact us today at enrollment(at) to have your questions addressed!

Reggio-inspired, custom designed and built to our specifications the new early learning space is a delight with an abundance of natural light. Entering into our grand and open Welcoming Room you will spy our studio space or Atelier, accessible for small group use for art experiences and exploratory projects. The Welcome Room houses art materials, custom project tables, a reception space to greet you and gathering benches for you and your child to say goodbyes or share hellos and stories! Off this central gathering place are our three classrooms, the toddler room to the right divided into two separate zones for small intimate groups with low ratios—perfect for the littles. And to the left: our mixed-age preschool rooms. Large yet warming and inviting the preschool rooms provide an open flow between the indoor and outdoor classrooms. SmallWonders Logo Banner

Small Wonders School, voted Metro Parent’s Family Favorite for 2014-15, offers a high quality preschool program with the convenience child care hours Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30. Following the children’s interest we explore a variety of themes with our lesson plans incorporating all of the Multiple Intelligences. Our days are filled with freeplay, exploratory projects, song circle and quality art experiences where children are exposed to a variety of art materials, styles and techniques. 3, 4 and 5 day schedules are available--additional enrollment and program information can be found at

At the center children 3 and older will participate in a Mixed age classroom. We feel this structure provides more flexibility for preschoolers and their particular stage of learning. Not all 3-year-olds are in the same place developmentally, socially or academically, and just as highlighted by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences learning styles, readiness for such can vary widely. Mixed age classrooms are more attuned to these differences and offer children a more varied approach as they can be grouped or gathered for play with other children on their level. This lessens the likelihood of frustrations or performance stressors. Having your child in a mixed-age group classroom gives them the opportunity to master needed skills and concepts before moving on to additional levels. They also give children deeper relationship with their teachers and peers, with less transitions to deal with. Older children have the opportunity to be role models to others, and younger child can get to see that their friends have mastered what they are working on, which can grant them confidence. Parents also have the opportunity to build a longer relationship with their child’s teacher. This partnership benefits children greatly.

Outfitted with high quality materials and furnishings the new program space will be a delightful learning center. As a Reggio-inspired program we have an Atelier or studio space located in our Welcoming Room as the heart of our program. Each class has daily use of this creative art environment for small group exploration and project time. It was designed to offer children and teachers a space to extend and support projects and experiences in the classroom, and to explore and combine many types of materials, tools, and techniques. Our Atelier is to be a beautiful, useful arts space that models the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Contact us today to join our learning community!

Quality Infant & Toddler School - Now Enrolling!

January 20, 2015

PeaceTreeSchool_Logo_FNLWe are a new school opening in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Portland!

Led by experienced Montessori trained guides, we have open availability for children ages 3 months to 4 years. Our welcoming and nurturing home setting is designed for children to learn by exploration and discovery. We offer organic and nutritious snacks and meals that are included in tuition. We are excited to provide the infants and toddlers in our care with experiences in music, art, spanish language, yoga and gardening; all enrichment activities are also included. We follow the philosophies of Maria Montessori and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers, Magda Gerber).  Our curriculum is child-directed; we honor the child's independence and individual ability by offering choices and a diverse array of learning materials. We warmly accept children of all cultures, abilities and learning styles.

We offer extended hours, from 8:15am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday and are located in NE Portland on the corner of NE Dekum & NE Grand.

Please visit our website for more information:

You can contact us at or 503-750-0952


Nanny share - Looking for a second family!

January 19, 2015

We're looking for a second family to share a full-time (M-F) nanny beginning in mid-April. Our baby boy will be 4 months old. Dad works from home in our Sunnyside home (near SE Belmont/47th) and ideally we would share/split the hosting between homes. Mom works in NW near Good Sam so a family in that neighborhood could work as well! 
We'd love to hear from you if the timing and location seems like it would work for you!
Josh, Nicora, and baby Roy Gardner

Opening for Infant with SAHM - Northeast


My name is Victoria and I gave birth to a daughter in the middle of November. Originally, I was planning to return to work at the beginning of February, but have since decided to stay home and care for her. I would love to find her a child similar in age to interact with while at home!

My daughter is a healthy, bright, curious child and it is important to me and my husband that she receive lots of social interaction and play time in a safe, comfortable, and clean environment. Our current day includes singing, dancing, walks in our stroller, playing with various sounds/shapes/colors/textures/noises, and reading, with breaks for napping and eating as baby needs. She will receive the recommended vaccinations from her pediatrician, and has had no illnesses since being born. 

I plan to give any child I look after the same affection, care and attention that I give to my daughter.

Our house is located in Northeast Portland near schools, parks and public transportation. I am CPR certified and happy to support many parenting styles and needs. I am more than willing to accommodate your working schedule (FT or PT), including last minute changes or cancellations. Finally, I know how anxiety inducing it can be to leave your child, and am happy to set up nanny cams or check-ins so you can rest assured your little one is well taken care of. 

Please let me know if any of the above sounds like a good fit! I can be reached at

I look forward to speaking with you!

Rowanberry School Open House ~ Saturday January 31st, 2015

January 18, 2015

Your family is warmly invited to the annual open house at Rowanberry School on Saturday, January 31st from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Our open house provides an opportunity for prospective families to meet the teachers, learn about our philosophy and explore our rich environment.

Rowanberry School is a unique home-based Preschool and Early Kindergarten program for children ages 3-6. We are inspired by the progressive early childhood programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy, influenced by the rhythms of the natural world, and informed by over two decades of experience learning alongside young children.

We are a thriving and diverse community in our 10th year of operation.

Now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.


Please R.S.V.P. with your child's name, age, and desired schedule.

For more information about Rowanberry School, please visit us online at:

Director Angela Molloy Murphy, M.Ed. can be reached at:

Open House at Brooklyn Preschool Feb 7th 9:30-11:30

January 14, 2015

Save the Date, Spread the Word!
Our Annual Open House is Saturday, February 7.

Families are invited to play in our classrooms and talk to parent members from 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Brooklyn Cooperative Preschool
Located at 2901 SE Steele Street
For more information contact Lea Barozzi at

Hope to see you there!

Part Time Toddler Care Opening in NE Portland

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I am a former teacher who decided to provide childcare (more like a nanny-share) after having 2 adorable girls. They are 2.5 and 1.5 years old. With a wide range of experience in education as an elementary and a toddler teacher, I believe you will not regret to choose me to care for your child(ren). My qualifications include First Aid/CPR, Food Handlers, background check #, RRCAN and several other child care trainings.

I am looking for 1 or 2 friends to join our group at my home strategically located near MLK and Killingsworth with easy access to public transportation and I5. I keep my ratio low, maximum is 1:4. The ideal situation for me is to find a family with a child within the ages of 17 months old to 3 years old. This way, my daughters and your child(ren) can be friends. I am happy to take care your child(ren) from 2 to 4 days a week. The childcare is open from Tuesday-Friday at 8am-5pm. Occasional date nights and drop-ins can be arranged. Contact me for further information at

Seeking Second Family for Nanny Share in Summer 2015

Hello. We are expecting our first child in early March and are looking for a family that would be interested in a nanny share starting in June 2015.

We are based in North Portland (Overlook Neighborhood) and are looking for either a four or five day nanny share. We are working professionals with standard hours of 8-5 and are willing to host or split hosting responsibilities as needed.

If you are looking for something similar in N/NE or NW Portland, please let us know. Thank you.

Is Au Pair Childcare the Solution for You?

Hosting an au pair offers a flexible and affordable childcare solution for thousands of U.S. families.  Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of childcare for about $360 per week per family (not per child!)

Might it be a great option for your family too?  Answer these few questions to find out:

-Are you interested in childcare scheduled around the needs of your individual family?

-Do you have an interest in other cultures and sharing american culture with a young person from abroad?  Would you like your children to benefit from a cultural exchange as well?

-Do you have an extra bedroom or a space that could be adapted into a bedroom?

If you said yes to these questions you might be great host family for an au pair!  

Since 1989 Cultural Care Au Pair has placed over 90,000 au pairs in homes with U.S. Host Families.  As the largest sponsor provider of au pair services in the U.S. we have thousands of au pairs available from over twenty countries worldwide and a team of experience professionals to find the right au pair for your family.  

See or contact Trish McAleer at 781 738 9493 for more information about our program.

Nanny Sought for part-time share in SE, 12:30-5:30 Tues-Fri starting ASAP

January 12, 2015

Hello! We have a wonderful nanny share arrangement set up in Woodstock in SE Portland. Our current nanny has had to make an emergency move back to the Bay Area, so we are seeking a creative, energetic, attentive caregiver to step into her very capable shoes as soon as possible.

The hours are 12:30-5:30 Tuesdays through Fridays (total 20 hours/week). You'll care for two 3-6 year olds during those times-- sometimes two families participate with one preschooler each, and sometimes it's just our family with two siblings (a preschooler and a kindergartner). Our home serves as the base but there are lots of fun activities in the area (library, park etc).  

If this schedule works for you and this sounds like a good match, please introduce yourself via email to Ruth at Thanks!

Nanny Needed For Nanny Share - NW Portland

January 10, 2015

We are looking for a nanny for a nanny share opportunity 3-4 days a week starting in March. Care would be for a 3 month old boy and a 5 month old girl at the time of start. The hours needed would most likely be 7:30-5:30/6 pm TU WED, and TH, and perhaps an occasional Monday or Friday. Both families live nearby in NW Portland.  Pay rate would be $16 per hour. 

We are seeking an individual who has experience caring for infants, who is loving, and energetic. A background in early childhood education/development is a bonus! We would like someone who will be present and engaged (playing, dancing, singing, outside play etc.) with limited TV time.  We prefer someone who is CPR certified. 
If you are a nanny looking for a nanny share, we would love to talk with you! Please contact us at and
Thank you, 
Kelsey and Jen

Little Hands Garden School Afternoon preschool Openings

January 09, 2015


Little Hands Garden School is a play-based preschool located on Mt. Tabor.  We are adding an afternoon session to our schedule, M, T and Thursdays from 1:30-5pm.  Children can attend one or all sessions.  We also may have availability in our morning program, M-Th 9-1, inquire at  We have 2-4 teachers present per day, and a maximum of 12 kiddos.  Snacks and lunches are served at 10, noon and 3pm, using mostly organic ingredients and often prepared with the help of the kids.  We welcome children ages 3-5.  For more information, please visit our beautiful website at, or email us to schedule a tour.  Thank you!

January 07, 2015

FT Infant Teacher Needed for In-Home Daycare

compensation: $13 to start, higher compensation for higher steps on Oregon Registry, annual paid vacation after one year of employment, paid legal holidays , paid sick days, paid professional trainings
Wow and Flutterville Playopolis is looking for an assistant to work 40 hours per week. We are in-home State Certified program that is influenced by Lifeways and Waldorf education. Our ratios are low and we honor the child's right to open-ended play and nurture a reverence for Mother Nature.

Please love children, know that they deserve respect and be willing to take direction from the lead teacher and director in the style of our program.

We go outside twice a day, rain or shine, so someone who is not wiling to go outside in all kinds of weather might not be the best fit for our sweet program. You need to also be able to lift 50 lbs. and be flexible to work any 8-9 hour shift between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.

The job includes diapering, meal prep and serving, cleaning, assisting with potty training and monthly 2 hour paid staff meetings that often take place on Saturday afternoons.

Training and/or Education in Child Development and/or Early Education.
Must be able to enroll in the Oregon Criminal Registry.
Be enrolled in the Oregon Registry and at least a step 4.
Current infant CPR and 1st Aid.
Hold a Food Handlers Card
Child Abuse and Neglect training . (Rcan)
At least 1 year of experience working with children 0-5 years in a certified program.

The candidate must be willing to complete 20 hours of paid training annually.

Requisites: Only qualified applicants should end via email the following documentation:
2.-Cover letter
3.-Three professional references

Woodsong Preschool is Now Enrolling for Fall 2015!

Woodsong Preschool is a Reggio-inspired, state certified, in-home preschool, nestled in the heart of South Tabor across from Clinton Park. We believe that children are natural scientists and learners, who can discover their knowledge through, play, questioning, creativity, and authentic experience. Woodsong Preschool is play-focused, project-based, child-led, and art-infused. We offer a warm and caring environment, where children are encouraged to work together, respect the differences of others, and discover awareness that each creature has its' place of importance in the great circle of life.  For more information please check out the Woodsong website at, or contact Jen Rudnicki at  140915_Jens_School_03

looking for part-time nanny work

January 05, 2015

My name is Jenni & I have been involved in child care for as long as I can remember - I first started when I was 12 & am now almost 26. I have mainly been doing part-time childcare for 1-3 year olds the past few years & have some, but less, experience with infants & elementary/middle schoolers. 
As a nanny, I really enjoy bringing loving empowerment with subtle, yet helpful, boundaries. I am on the path of doing some sort of mindfulness-based therapy work, so I really like to help build emotional intelligence in children by engaging them to put words to their feelings & find healthy expressions that do not minimize their experience... I also love to go for walks, explore in nature, sing songs, read or make up stories, color, & make up games that utilize & expand imagination. I value healthy, organic foods & a deep reverence for the Earth. The best gift I can offer to children is my practice in presence & loving attention. 
My rates are $14/hr for 1 child, $2/hr per additional child. I am also very open to a nanny share in which I would ask $10/child. I am looking for part-time work ONLY. References available upon request. Thank you! Please email jengold23@gmail.comMaxx&me

Searching After School Care in Beaverton

January 02, 2015

I am looking for an after school babysitter for my two kids, age 10 and 7, starting January 26. We are seeking someone to pick them up from school, bring them home, feed them a snack, and babysit for a couple hours. 

Please contact me, Janine, at: for more details or information. 


In search of caring, experienced nanny in NE Alberta area

December 30, 2014


My family is just relocating to the portland area and we're looking for a nanny for part-time care for our happy and bubbly 8 month old son. We are seeking someone very loving, nurturing, who understands our attachment parenting style and has had long term experience in child care. We are looking for someone who will be very engaged with our son; he loves books and toys but he LOVES people and is delighted by games and jaunts around the neighborhood the most. He is very charming indeed.

We are looking for someone M,T,W and a few hours Thursday & Friday.  

Please contact me, Jessica, at: for more details or information.