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Sonbeam Daycare Center

1319 NE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

(503) 233-7272


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Affordable Christian care close in to downtown Portland. Full academic program for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. Large gymnasium and playground for extended care use.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Monthly themes are used to introduce subjects of interest to the children. Learning centers offer areas of exploration. Full academic program with enhanced learning. Performing Arts and Cultural Awareness are incorporated. .

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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 Performing Arts are emphasized throughout the program. Children perform for parents and neighborhood groups. Seasonal programs and concerts are performed giving the children a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

From the Director:

Children are natural learners when given the materials with which to interact and explore. Basic skills and a wide variety of experiences and relationships are offered. We provide a wholesome environment in which children may develop character and expand their knowledge of the world around them. Character development according to Christian principles is integrated into the total program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Experienced, qualified teachers supervise the activities and care for Sonbeam children. Academic and enrichment programs are geared to meet the needs of the specific age and the individual child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Sonbeam serves families from the greater Portland area. We are centrally located in the Lloyd Center area and very close to public transportation, just two blocks from MAX. Our curriculum includes a strong academic program highlighted with computers, performing arts, music and cultural awareness. We offer a strong preschool and pre-kindergarten program with extended care. Clients on state assistance are welcome to apply.

A Typical Day

Children arriving between 6:30 - 8:30 are interacting with a variety of learning centers. They are offered breakfast and opportunity for outdoor play. At 8:30 all children gather for storytime with fingerplays and thematic learning. At 8:45 the children go to age-specific classes which will rotate through segments of classroom learning planned by teacher, learning centers and gross motor play on playground or in gymnasium. A hot lunch is served at 11:30 and naptime begins at 12:15. Children are taken outside or to the gym to play when they wake. All children return to their classroom at 3:00 for afternoon wrap-up and snack. At 3:30 the children return to the common learning center area and play with children of different ages. Some children will choose to play outside or in the gymnasium until all parents arrive by 6:00 PM.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer an open-door policy to encourage the parents to observe their child in our environment. We do formal evaluations twice each year to determine if our teaching style is reaching all the children and bringing them to the benchmarks for their age. We offer a website with monthly newsletters that include updates on what the teacher is planning in each class, a calendar of activities and information on parent meetings and monthly activities. The children have opportunity to perform for their families by performing children's operettas and holiday programs which build their personal self-esteem. Our food is prepared on-site and we participate in the USDA food program offering breakfast, lunch and two snacks each day. We accept children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We meet year-round and all of our children get to know every teacher in the school. Our facility is an open room with partial room dividers defining one classroom from another. Teachers will share time of supervision during non-instruction time so the children are familiar with all staff. Parents are encouraged to introduce their child to an activity and begin interaction with staff before they leave the center.