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: hawthornefamilyplayschool.org

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 smallwondersschool.org and contact us today at enrollment(at)smallwondersschool.org 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 www.smallwondersschool.org

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: www.peacetreeschool.com

You can contact us at peacetreeschool@gmail.com 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 victoriapdxmama@gmail.com.

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: www.rowanberryschool.com

Director Angela Molloy Murphy, M.Ed. can be reached at: rowanberryschool@mac.com

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 LeaBarozzi@gmail.com

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 e_menina@yahoo.com

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 http://pmcaleer.aupairnews.com 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 rjwikler@gmail.com. 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 kbear182@hotmail.com and jencroucher@gmail.com
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 littlehandsgardenschool@gmail.com.  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 www.littlehandsgardenschool.com, 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 www.woodsongpreschoolpdx.com, or contact Jen Rudnicki at woodsongpreschool@gmail.com.  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: janinenc2002@yahoo.com 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: notoriousjbg@gmail.com for more details or information. 


One Space Available in January for an Infant/Young Toddler in SE Woodstock Area

December 27, 2014

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?


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 only four children here at one time, I am able to provide lots of individualized attention.  My oldest son is starting preschool and I will be caring for my youngest son who is 3 months old along with a 6 month old boy and a 13 month old girl.  I have availability for one more child to join our group on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.  Additional days or extended hours might be possible as well.  I would love to find a family who is looking for at least 24 hours per week of care for their 3-18 month old child.  My rates are $7.50 per hour for 21+ hours per week and $8.50 per hour for fewer hours per week.  I am able to begin care on January 5th.


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 all four babies!  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


Part-time care for two awesome kindergartners - SE Portland

We are looking for a part-time care position available January 5 in SE Portland for two 5 - 6 year old boys. They get out of school at 2:15 and are ready to run, play, snack, and (sometimes) chill out. The boys attend elementary near the family's home, and care is needed after school four days/week. Sample weekly schedule: Monday - Thursday, 2 pm - 5:30/6 p.m. Average approximately 14 - 16 hours per week. While not required, we'd also request nanny care from 8 - 10 a.m. one Wednesday per month, to accommodate Portland Public School's late openings. The nanny's responsibilities will include school pick-ups, preparing snacks, tidying up play and meal areas (with children's help) and encouraging activities that promote the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of the children, including outdoor play and art. The ideal caregiver will be fun and interactive, and be neat and organized. Nanny must have first aid/ CPR training, a valid driver's license, and a safe car. Start date and number of days per week is flexible.
Contact: Abby at familynanny2013@gmail.com

Teacher offering in-home childcare

December 26, 2014

Hello, I’m Stephanie! I am an Art Teacher currently working part time, so I would like to open my home to other children (ages 1.5- 5 years old) Monday- Friday any time between 7:00 AM- 1:00 PM.  I am open to a combination of any of those days, and will be taking care of no more than three children at a time.  I am a mother of a two-year-old boy and I have over a decade of experience working with children; which includes teaching preschool and Art (K-12), and coordinating after school programs.

My true love is taking care of children and bringing art into their lives.  Along with creating many hands-on art projects, we will spend a lot of time exploring in our fenced in backyard, reading books, and playing with building and sensory toys.  Your child will develop excellent social skills in this fun and safe early childhood environment.  I work in an elementary school so I am caught up with my background check, CPR/first aid, and all regular PPS trainings (food handlers, etc.).  I charge $30 for the day.  I am located in a home in SE Portland and I hope to hear from you soon!  Email: steph@sugarvibe.net 

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Spilt Milk Nannies - Sitters at the click of a button



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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 www.spiltmilknannies.com.

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In Home Nanny Share

December 22, 2014

Hi, I’m Erin!  My 2 year old daughter Lilia and I are looking for some new friends to join our nanny-share.  I am a former educator turned stay at home mom and worked at the Ivy School, a public charter Montessori elementary, before Lilia was born, and have been doing in home child care for friends and co-workers ever since.  For the past 18 months we have been growing and learning together with our friend Bryce, but sadly, he’s growing up and moving on. 

Lilia is a curious and active little girl and loves to read her books and play her keyboard.  She also likes to play outside in our backyard, paint, cook, and play in sensory bins.  She is very musical and sings all day long and has been developing social skills and discovering her individuality by playing with Bryce.  We would love to have one or two friends who are around 1.5 to 3 join us in our Laurelhurst/Kerns area home 3-5 days a week for music, coloring, painting (we LOVE to paint), playing matching games, putting together puzzles, baking, yoga, science experiments, dancing, taking walks, and going on outings to the library, the Children’s museum, the zoo, OMSI, and the park, with Grandma (my mom lives nearby and loves to spend time with us).

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If you are interested in having your child(ren) join us, please contact me directly at efgwynn @ gmail.com

Looking forward to meeting you! :)

ChildRoots new NE center

December 17, 2014

ChildRoots Center for Young Children will open a new NE Center April 2015.  Located at 2401 NE Fremont St. in NE Portland, this 4 classroom site will have a total enrollment capacity of 50 children per day.   As the former "Perry's on Fremont" restaurant, this building will have extensive renovations over the next 3 months.  The school is spacious with tons of natural light and skylights in every classroom.  We will feature a large outdoor playground, and an art and science lab.

We have just begun enrolling for this new location.  For more information, please contact Christina at christina@childroots.com

ChildRoots, A Center for Young Children, (www.childroots.com), is an environmental and Art-and-Science-based learning community, dedicated to providing superior childcare for children ages six weeks to six years.

ChildRoots has been recognized by local media including The Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Hollywood Star, and Metro Regional Government for its leadership in sustainability. ChildRoots features organic meals and snacks, locally-sourced food, cloth diapers, non-toxic wooden toys, creative spaces, a Preschool Atelier Program, and play-based learning. Dedicated to providing superior childcare in an in-home setting, each Annex follows the principles of the “ChildRoots Way” which is our unique brand of childcare designed to honor each child’s authentic, powerful self and support them in their development and acquisition of essential life skills. Embracing elements of Attachment Parenting, Love & Logic and Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), our teachers are dedicated to creating strong, consistent, and healthy bonds with the children in their care.


Looking for a nanny in NE PDX

December 15, 2014


We are looking for a nanny to care for our 2.5 year old and 7 month old in our home, on Mondays and Tuesdays starting Jan. 12th while Mama is working from home in my downstairs office.  Looking for someone with experience working with young children under 2 and who ejoys the adventure of growing and engaging young minds through play, creativity and loving kindness.  If you are interested in joining our fun bunch, please contact me at:


Thanks so much!

Peace 'n Play Childcare, North Portland

December 13, 2014

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The mission of PEACE 'n PLAY childcare is to provide quality early childhood care for the children of working parents. We are a home based childcare. We offer both full- and part-time care to children of diverse environments. We know the importance of meeting the special needs of infant, toddler, and preschool children in a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to strengthen the bridge between your work and family life by creating a special place that supports them both.

We are located within a 5 minute walk of PCC Cascade and the N Killingsworth MAX stop. We are about a mile from either Kaiser Permanente location on North Interstate Avenue. In addition, it's an easy 5 minute drive from the businesses of Swan Island, as well as the adidas campus.

Contact Peace 'n Play at peacenplay@yahoo.com now for more information. All inquiries will be answered within 48 hours. Please include age of child, when care is needed, and your name, and phone number and/or email for reply.

Bada's Place is a licensed in-home daycare. OPENINGS AVAILABLE FOR 3 - 5 YEAR OLDS. I have some availability for after-school care.

At Bada's Place your child will participate in developmentally-appropriate activities throughout the day, such as, but not limited to:
Nature and outdoor play time
Puzzles and games
Arts and crafts
Music play and dance
Pre-Reading activities
Quiet time
Story time
You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love, and respect. I believe all children are precious gifts.

Bada's Place

Phone: 503-358-2385 Email: anna@badasplace.com

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: Open; Sat & Sun: Closed

Address: 7101 SE Gladstone Street; Portland OR, 97206

I've been a nanny for the past 12 years and with each family I have learned and grown as person and I believe I know and understand children very well. My own observations and first hand experiences have shown me that there is no one-way of approaching and caring for a child, you need a diverse skill-set and boatloads of patience. I love being a nanny and have been blessed to work with great families, but as I look towards retiring I want maximize my positive impact on as many children as possible in this time-frame. So as a nanny and grandma, I feel it’s a natural progression for me to open my home to a small group of young people to provide a long-term and peaceful environment that will foster their journey towards becoming world citizens.


In a Child’s Path has immediate Openings for 2-5 year olds

December 12, 2014


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In a Child's Path is a natural learning environment in a home-like setting fostering all facets of development through the power of play as well as language by implementing Spanish throughtout each day.  Located in NE Portland, we are an alternative to center care; our home has been the pillar for high quality care for the past 28 years. We are a certified family childcare with trained, educated staff and low ratios. We have an immediate opening for ages 2 to 5. We offer music, gardening, cooking to name a few! Check us out at www.inachildspath.com or email to set up a visit! 

Little Seeds Farm School has one opening left for January 5th!

We are an urban farm located in Sellwood near the Westmoreland natural park. We take from both Montessori and Waldorf methods of learning and collaborate with our agrarian lifestyle to provide a loving and safe environment to educate children ages 3-6. Our days are filled with stimulating self-directed play to ignite a passion for learning while growing individually and gaining independence. Our curriculum is diverse and provides an opportunity to thrive. On any given day you'll find us practicing meditation or yoga, in our science lab, writing our next puppet show, tending to our organic garden grow room, naming planets in our solar system, beating drums in music class, observing our ant farm, chopping fresh veggies for a seasonal pot pie, or maybe digging in a cranberry and cinnamon sensory tub. We start at 8:30am Monday-Thursday Morning class is 8:30-12:30 with extended hours to 3:30pm. Contact Miss Brittany for more information at 971-998-7672 Image
More contact information: www.littleseedsfarmschool.com brittany@littleseedsfarmschool.com

Toddler Spaces for January at Manos Unidas Montessori in Southeast Portland

December 10, 2014


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Manos Unidas Montessori (formerly Merry Montessori) has spaces available in our toddler program for January 2015. Manos Unidas Montessori offers high quality eco-conscious educational programs for children six weeks to six years, along with opportunities for a Spanish-English language experience.

We are located in the Southeast neighborhood of Lents on SE 87th between Foster and Woodstock and have half day, three, four, and five day programs available with before and after care.

Learn more about our program at manosunidasmontessori.org


December 08, 2014


Golden Apples is a certified preschool located just off Alberta Street in Northeast Portland. We have created this school to provide nurturing education to children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years of age in a hand made, activity driven environment. Our curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of children by drawing upon the best aspects of Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Our space is stewarded by Scott and Shannon with an unprecedentedly low student to teacher ratio, 7 to 2! That means that Golden Apples children receive our best focus and enable us to provide a dedicated education experience.

We welcome families to come and visit our school during hours of operation or by special appointment. We are currently enrolling for a few spaces that will be opening up at the end of August.  We have both part time and full time options and a policy of making school fun for children and convenient for parents.  

For more information, please visit our website at www.goldenapplespdx.com

Also you can like us at facebook.com/goldenapplespdx

For inquiries and appointments you may call or text Scott at 503-915-9957 or email scott@goldenapplespdx.com

We look forward to hearing from you!


Nanny Share in SE: Chinese Immersion

December 05, 2014

Hi there! We are looking to share our home and wonderful nanny with another family interested in exposing their child to Mandarin Chinese. Our son Sagan is 15 months old, so ideally you have a child who is fairly close to him in age (his birthday is 9.28.13). We are flexible about amount of days and timing. We live at the foot of Mt. Tabor near 51st and Hawthrone. Please email me at karabecker@gmail.com and I can provide you with all the details. Thanks! Kara, Byron and Sagan.

Nanny or Nanny Share in NW Portland

December 03, 2014

We are looking for a nanny and/or nanny share opportunity 3-5 days a week starting in late March. Our son will be 3 months old at this time. The hours needed would be at minimum 7:30-5:30 TU WED, and TH (30 hours), but could potentially be up to 5 days a week M-F. We live in NW Portland.

We are seeking an individual who has experience caring for infants. A background in early childhood education/development is a bonus! We would like someone who will be present and engaged with our son; reading, dancing, singing, outside play etc. Our parenting philosophy is one of very limited TV time. We also would request that light housekeeping duties as related to our child’s care be performed.  We prefer someone who is CPR certified.

If you are a nanny or a nearby family looking for a nanny share option, I would love to talk with you! Please contact me at kbear182@hotmail.com

Thank you,


Sunnyside Mennonite Montessori School Openings Available! (inner se pdx)

December 02, 2014

We still have a few spots available to join our school!

We are a unique small montessori preschool located in heart of SE Portland. We have a legacy of teaching inquisitive minds and building community since the inception of the school 36 years ago. For an opportunity to speak with us and to visit the school please contact us at: 

info@smmspdx.com or call  Marylin Rush at 503-282-3497.  Additional information about our school may be seen by visiting:


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We look forward to hearing from you!



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Little Imprints Preschool in North Portland

November 30, 2014


There are still two openings for children between the ages of 3 through 5. 

Located near the Adidas Village in North Portland (N Greeley and N Killingsworth), Little Imprints is an in-home, Reggio-inspired preschool.   Our daily routine involves a multitude of authentic, open ended materials, intriguing art activities, healthy organic snacks, and is 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.  







New Spanish-English Bilingual Program in the Lents Neighborhood! ~Open House Saturday, December 6th~



Manos Unidas Montessori (formerly Merry Montessori) has moved to a commercial site in the Lents neighborhood of Southeast Portland. Just off of the Foster exit of I-205 and 2.3 miles up Foster from our old location, Manos Unidas Montessori offers Spanish-English bilingual Montessori preschool for children six weeks to six years old, including Kindergarten for three, four, or five day programs during the school year and summer. We are excited to house all of our three programs in the St. Peter's Parish property between Woodstock and Foster boulevards.

We currently have spaces available in our Primary Program (toilet independent children ages 3 to 6) and are accepting applications for our infant and toddler programs for January or February 2015.

Primary Program ~Open House~ this Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 12pm. Come speak with our guides and learn more about Montessori and Manos Unidas Montessori.

Go to our website for more information-


Woodsong Preschool in SE Portland has openings!

November 25, 2014

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 www.woodsongpreschoolpdx.com, or contact Jen Rudnicki at woodsongpreschool@gmail.com. 140915_Jens_School_13_1

AlderWood Preschool Now Enrolling!

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 alderwoodpreschool.com for more information.

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November 24, 2014

Nanny Wanted for our already established nanny share:

About the kids: Will, who will turn one in December, likes to stand up on things, push chairs to walk, and crawl after the cats. He’s adventurous, funny, and is currently taking one short morning nap and one more solid afternoon nap. Esther will be 19 months. She often takes one killer 2-3 hour afternoon nap. She is into art, taking on and off her rain boots, learning new words, and doing things herself (with nearby support if needed.) Esther is dairy free and pescatarian (vegetarian plus fish- no chicken, meat, etc)

About the families: Brad and Heather live in the Kenton Neighborhood of North Portland. Brad is in medical school. Heather works from home, and ideally a Nanny would pick Will up in the morning and take him to Becca and Cort’s house in the Alberta Arts neighborhood. Becca and Cort are queer Jewish liberals. Cort works and is in Grad school. Becca works at Grant High School and follows the school schedule. The share is at the house in the Alberta Arts area. There are two indoor only cats who are just thrilled to be hugged by toddlers (I kid!).

About the gig:
This job would start January 5th and continue through the end of the school year (for staff) which is mid June. There would be no work for school holidays (ie MLK day, President’s day, Spring Break). Monday through Friday. Pick up Will at 7:30am, kids are picked up at 4:30pm (though sometimes Becca gets home earlier or later depending on meetings, never after 5) Nanny must have first aid/ CPR training, and a valid driver’s license, safe car. In addition to picking up Will in the morning, we hope for the kids to get out of the house daily… this can range from a neighborhood adventure, trip to a park, or trips to OMSI or the Children’s Museum (families have memberships to both.) Car seats provided. We are looking for someone patient and loving, who can handle kids who are in developmentally different places. Also someone who texts pictures to the parents would be appreciated!

Contact Heather at heathersaam@gmail.com if interested.

Looking for a Nanny Share in Inner NE or SE

November 18, 2014

We are looking to see if anyone in inner NE or SE already has a loving wonderful nanny for thier infant and wants to share! We are trying to set up childcare for our son, ideally starting in January. He will be seven months old then. We live in the Woodlawn neighborhood, but work down near the Lloyd Center. We are looking ideally for 4 days a week (8.5 hours a day), but we could do full time as well (we both work full time, but mom can work from home one-day). Dad is a teacher. Any ideas, please email me.

Thank you,

Suzanne (suzannegranahan@gmail.com)

Looking for a great Nanny!
We are looking for a loving soul to be part of our extended family. We have a happy 2.5 yo girl and one more on the way in February. We live in SE Portland and are looking for someone creative with a big heart, lots of energy, a passion for the outdoors, and great references. Ideally, we would like someone for M,W,F all day. If you or someone you know might be interested in this position, please email me. kimie.ueoka@gmail.com

Nanny/Parent Share in Mt. Tabor

November 13, 2014

We are looking for a part-time nanny (or parent) share in Mt. Tabor starting in January for our sweet boy, Dylan, who will be 3 mos at the end of December.

We live near SE 51st and Lincoln and are looking to find another family, ideally within walking distance (keep it local, keep it simple and minimize car commuting :), with similar values, to share a nanny or possibly a parent share (or some combination). We are initially looking for 2 t0 4 days a week.  We have some flexibility with days/location but ideally would split time between homes. 

If you are interested, we would love to talk with you (or just meet other parents, even if you already have childcare established). Please contact us at bdm421-AmyBrent@yahoo.com
Amy and Brent (and baby Dylan)

Ashley's Baby Care enrolling now!

November 12, 2014

A very small group of infants and toddlers will enjoy this lovely home with the main floor and back yard dedicated to their safe play and exploration. Parents will appreciate the reliable, nurturing attention provided by Ashley Weir, whose early care and education experience promises to enable each child to develop fully their cognitive skills in a relaxed, positive environment.

Ashley's Baby Care is located in the "family friendly" Rose City neighborhood, with easy access to freeways, mass transit and main arterials of the city. For more information please contact Ashley Weir at ashley.weir@ymail.com or 503-939-9198 or http://www.ashleysbabycare.com/


Nanny share opportunity in SE

November 11, 2014

SE family looking for another baby to join our seven month old girl and our amazing nanny at our home located in Mount Tabor. We are moving to SE 34th and Belmont in two months, so are eager for family anywhere in Southeast. Anytime Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:30 works for us.

Text call or email if interested in chatting more.

(336) 420-2519

The Meadow Day School in St. Johns has preschool openings!

November 05, 2014

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We currently have space available for our Toddler and Preschool Program. We except students ages two through five years old. For more information, feel free to give the school a call and we would be happy to schedule a tour for families interested in starting soon! 

The Meadow Day School focuses on experiential learning and hands on activities including curriculum infused with art, music, science, and play.  We believe in empowering students to solve problems, resolve interpersonal issues, and express their own ideas.

The Meadow Day School

8444 N Ivanhoe Street

Portland, Oregon 97203



Bubbles Preschool--Now Enrolling Ages 2.5 - 5 years in North Mt. Tabor Area

November 03, 2014

Portland's newest home-based state certified preschool is now enrolling for immediate openings. 

Located in a mid-century home near I-84 & I-205 on/off ramps,

between NE Glisan & E Burnside, just off NE 67th Ave …

  114 NE Gilham Ave.  PDX  97213   (entrance on NE Davis)




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Seeking P/T Nanny in Lake Oswego

We are looking for an amazing part time nanny to take care of our 5 month old and 3 year old while we are at work.  We live in Lake Oswego and the hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday and Wednesday and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays.  There will be many opportunities for extra hours both during the week and on nights and weekends if you are interested. 

We need an individual who has experience caring for a young infant and toddlers, who is energetic, creative, loving, patient, loves to have fun with kids and wants to be a partner with us on our care and discipline philosophies.  We want someone who will be present and engaged with our children; playing, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, outside play and walks when weather permits and our super fun neighborhood swimming pool in the summer!  There is too much fun to be had for very much screen time. We require someone that will help with light housekeeping as it relates to caring for our children.  We do have a friendly but low maintenance dog so animal lovers please apply.  A car is not provided so please have your own as our 3 year old needs drop offs and pick ups at preschool. It is ideal if you live within 5-7 miles of us. Please email Samantha at samantha.simmons32 @ gmail . com if you are interested!

Spilt Milk Nannies - Sitters at the click of a button

October 31, 2014

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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 www.spiltmilknannies.com.

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Seeking PT Nanny Share or Parent in SE Portland

October 28, 2014

Hi, we are looking for a nanny share or stay at home parent who would like to earn a little extra in SE Portland.  We have a 9 month old son and are looking for 1 to 2 days per week of childcare with one or two other children.  

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