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Infant Daycare SE: Discoveryland?

Researching schools and daycares can be difficult. Lauren is seeking your feedback: I'm curious if anyone has experiences (positive or negative) with Discoveryland for infant care (SE 60th)? Any other suggestions in this area (Mt. Tabor/Hawthorne regions) for infants would be welcome too.

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When I was looking to get on the waitlists for daycares over a year ago - I called them and they were very unorganized. Left a few messages to organize a tour & no one ever called me back. I did tour Belmont Academy & I really like the "vibe" I got from the workers there - although the space is in need of brightening up (fluroescent lighting, etc). I also checked up the Y on SE 60 & Stark - nice space but the caregivers seemed stressed out. I ended up not using any daycares in the SE.

You could always try my gal, Alison, on SE 65th and Flavel. I love her. http://pdxsinglemoms.blogspot.com/2006/11/fabulous-day-care.html
Email me if you are interested. She would consider an infant despite what my blog says.

Lauren, I am also actively seeking infant care in SE - only part time, but contact me if you'd like to compare notes or consider a nanny share or something like that - my daughter is 4.5 months old - might also be fun to meet another SE mama!

New to this website, and just glancing throughout I saw your question. I have lived here 2 1/2 yrs., moved from San Francisco. We started sending our daughter to Y's Choice at 60th & Stark two years ago. She has learned more than we could imagine and is more than ready for kindergarten in the fall. The staff is educated, most have degrees and some were directors themselves, the location is excellent, and the students prosper from the varied artistic ciriculum. I would highly recommend it for that area. My son will be starting in the fall.
Good luck!

Hello, I am excited to announce I will be opening one of the first (if not the first) "Waldorf" inspired Infant care homes in Portland Oregon.
I am looking for very committed parents who believe in Waldorf & RIE methods. We are a media free space with only Mother Nature as our greatest source of inspiration & your child's natural curiosity. Your child will be surrounded by natural beauty, gentle hands, warm hearts & soothing daily rhythm. We will sing, play, & explore each day. The surroundings are soothing with toys like, silks, wooden toys felted animals, & home made toys. We will bake, clean, garden & play our day away! We will go outside each day as well. We are only 4 blocks away from Laurelhurst Park.

There will be room for 4 infant’s age 5 months-14 months old. The rest of the children will be age 15 months to age 3. I expect to take about 12 children a day with 3 care givers. Hours of operation will be from 8:30-4:30 M-F
I have my preschool only 5 minuets away & have had a very successful business for the last 3 years. I have started 3 schools, have a long list of recommendations, & have been a lead teacher for 15 years. I have a degree in early childhood Waldorf education, a small business certificate, and countless hours of continuing education. We are an ECO friendly childcare & use no pesticides, harmful, chemicals or cleaners.
Throughout the year we plan many events for all the families to enjoy. Like, farm trips, potlucks, park time & toy making. There will be newsletters & daily notes sent home about your child’s day. We will offer parenting classes as well. It is going to be much more than just a day care. We are anticipating our grand opening August 2007.
Are you a pioneer? Please contact me if this seems like a fit for you. You can check out my web site for my other school & learn more about me at the web site below.


Carrie Riley owner/director 971-404-9291
www.appleblossomschool.com

Hi Mamas,
I too have seen a aneed for quality infant and toddler care in all of Portland and especially SE. I have plans to open a small, intimate infant, toddler and preschool program in the North Tabor/Montavilla area (think somewhere between The Country Cat and SE 60th) next summer - seems far away I know but planning takes a long time!
I am an Infant and Toddler Montessori accredited teacher with over 10 years of experience, including much administrative experience. I see the need for child care here but I must say I am also somewhat discouraged lately, as I did start a small in-home program which has struggled finding enrollment. Granted I do live further out than I hope to open a site (118th and Halsey) and this has had a lot to do with parent's inability to commute out to my house and then to work. And I am sure the recent economy isn't helping any.
But I am trying to get a better sense for the need for infant through preschool care in this area as well as the interest in a Montessori program. If this is something that you would be interested in learning more about or have any thoughts about this in general, I would love to hear from you.
theearthtortoiseschool@gmail.com

Hi there,

I recently lost my part time Nanny to a full time position and I am desperate to find a day care near the Hollywood disc that will take an 8 month old... if anyone has any advise id love to hear it. I am a new single mom trying to start my own business and am so lost in this new world of motherhood.
Thanks,
Caprice

I "like" you on Facebook. Would love these for my oldest boy!

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