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Childswork Learning Center

4235 SE Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97215

(503) 234-3611


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Childswork Learning Center is a non-profit early childhood education school serving children ages 2 to Kindergarten, located in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Since 1984, our school has served a diverse population of children and families, focusing on the development of the whole child with respect and compassion.

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

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

At Childswork we pride ourselves on our excellent play-based, emergent curriculum. We recently received the designation of an Oregon Program of Quality by the State of Oregon. We are currently enrolling for Kindergarten and preschool program for fall, as well as our Summer Program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Each child deserves to be respected and encouraged. Children need opportunities to increase their learning and decision-making process. We believe a creative and positive environment helps to develop a positive self-image.
We believe learning is intrinsic.
Children learn best through hands-on discovery and through play. They attach meaning and experiences and translate experience into understanding.
We value diversity.
Every language and culture is a learning experience in the classroom. Children will learn to respect diversity and celebrate differences when provided with appropriate modeling by adults."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year