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Valley Christian Preschool

8060 SW Brentwood St
Portland, OR 97225

(503) 292-3537


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Valley Christian Preschool provides a quality, nurturing environment where children learn through the use of a creative, play-based curriculum. The teachers recognize, support and facilitate themes that emerge from the needs and interests of the children. Our developmentally appropriate program allows each child to grow in every area of child development at his or her own rate, laying a strong foundation for self-esteem and future academic success. We have classes that begin at 2 years of age.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

VCP believes that children are a precious gift from God and therefore is committed to the development of the whole child. We strive to provide a program that will not only meet basic needs but also nurture the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual development of each child.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Children in the preschool ages of development learn best through actual experience and participation. We will provide daily opportunities for many hands-on learning experiences and developmentally appropriate activities that will allow for success and encourage advancement in all areas of your child’s growth and development.

From the Director:

Our teachers skillfully prepare and facilitate play-based learning environments appropriate for child-initiated exploration. In an atmosphere of love and acceptance modeled by God’s unconditional love, the children develop self-esteem as well as confidence in their place in the group. Families are supported by our philosophy of sharing God’s love, resulting in a community where we work together to create a wonderful place for children to thrive.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We are committed to building a sense of trust, respect, and “at home feeling” between staff, children, and parents through open communication and by providing qualified staff trained in early childhood education, who are committed to partnering with individual families to provide the best possible environment for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" VCP provides high quality, creative and developmentally appropriate programs that lead to children experiencing God's love, creating a foundation upon which positive social relationship and strong self-esteem are built."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

There will be opportunities to develop small muscle coordination and gain manual dexterity through manipulative play and the daily use of scissors, crayons, and markers; to stimulate imaginations through puppetry, language arts, inventions, and dramatic play; and to develop creativity through various art experiences, such as play dough and many musical opportunities. Large muscle coordination will be developed through daily experiences in running, climbing, tricycle riding and ball play. Spiritual development will be encouraged through songs and dramatic play, as well as a daily prayer at snack time.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Tips for the First Full Day – Saying Goodbye

The first days at preschool can be unsettling to some preschoolers and maybe even for some parents as well. Some children become anxious about how to cope all at once with new adults, new children and unfamiliar surroundings. Other children are more upset by the separation from home than by the new experiences. Still others make the transition into the new world with few hesitations. Whatever your child’s pattern of adjustment is, the following ideas may help:

 In our classroom we ask parents to try to come as close to 9:00 as possible, giving your child time to adjust, assisting them in finding their cubby, and, if time allows, helping your child engage in an activity before you leave.

 When you leave make sure to tell your child that you are leaving (perhaps to do something very boring). This tends to be better than asking if it is OK if you leave, perhaps causing them to wonder if it really is OK or if they have a reason to be upset.

 Smile and wave all the way out the door! Your child trusts your judgment. If you act unsure, or come back at the first whimper, they will pick up on it and it may make them feel unsure too.

 Make sure you have gone over the schedule with your child so that they know what to expect and when you will be returning. Let them know that their teachers will be there to help them if necessary. You can tell your child that you will see them at Flubber Time (our last activity of the day).

 Understand that it is OK if your child needs to cry a little. Separation is hard, but rest assured that WE WILL CALL YOU if your child is truly distraught and crying for more than 20 minutes. Until the child is really comfortable, we will stay close to them.

 The more a child can talk about their fears, the easier it becomes to cope with them. A quiet conversation about the way the morning is going to be allows the child an opportunity to express their feelings. “When we get up we will have breakfast, get dressed and then we will drive to school where Miss Heather and Miss Christy will be waiting for you.”

 Be on time for pickup! Class ends at 11:45am. This gives your child the confidence that you will always return.

We want to be partners in this process with each of you. Please let us help!