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In A Child's Path

3053 NE 66th Ave
Portland, OR 97213

(503) 281-2273


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In a Child's Path is located in two neighborhood homes: the Infant and Toddler House and the Preschool House. Children are placed in these houses based on developmental readiness, not age alone.

The houses both have an abundance of space for both indoor and outdoor activities, with separate areas for sleeping, eating, diapering and toileting. The houses have been designed and decorated with the children in mind. Objects are placed at the children’s eye level, including pictures of the children and their families.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At In A Child’s Path we are dedicated to these developmentally appropriate goals: To engage a child’s natural curiosity through play To foster social and emotional growth To establish close relationships between children and adults To build on each child’s unique interests and skills To develop a creative curriculum that encourages children to explore

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish is taught once a week, German language and songs are taught throughout the day, Music teacher comes once a week.

From the Director:

We beilve that children learn through the Power of Play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are constantly challenging children at their unique development levels.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In a Child's Path is a full-time child care facility, nurturing children through play. Our home-like setting and child-centered program promotes all facets of development in children. We are dedicated to these developmentally appropriate goals: to engage a child's natural curiosity through play, to foster social and emotional growth, to establish close relationships with children and adults, to build on each child's unique interests and skills, to develop a creative curriculum that encourages children to explore.

A Typical Day

Routine is important for a child's self-confidence. Our school is set up to encourage safe discovery, creativity and interaction. We are dedicated to age-appropriate development; ultimately preparing children for kindergarten. Open-ended play areas encourage inventiveness and self-expression to increase brain functioning and fine motor development. Sample activities include music, inventing with manipulatives (paint, clay, markers, tape, blocks, toys), reading, dramatic play and role-playing. Often we take an indoor activity outside for a new perspective.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a open door policy between parents and teachers. We also have Open Houses throughout the year, parent education evenings and a parent orientation in late August or September. Home Visits and parent meeting are available when needed. We also have 3 annual outing for our families to promote community.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation