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Youngset Cooperative Preschool

1838 Southwest Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201

Phone:
(503) 221-0224

Website:

Youngset offers a two-year preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old in an environment rich with learning opportunities for their intellectual development. The school is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization and operates as a parent cooperative.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

From the Director:

At Youngset, we believe that young children learn best through play in an environment where they move freely and learn by doing. A variety of developmental stations in each classroom give children the opportunity to observe, make choices, share materials with others, use language and experience their world through play. Through the guidance of well-qualified teachers, our goals of emotional, social and cognitive development, as well as the enhancement of large and small motor skills, are achieved through a well-planned physical setting. As part of a co-op, teachers, children and parents work together to create this learning environment that respects the uniqueness of each child. This low child/adult ratio allows for individual attention as needed and the curriculum materials are planned to meet the needs of each child as well as the group.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Youngset offers a two-year preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old in an environment rich with learning opportunities for their intellectual development. The school is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization and operates as a parent cooperative.

A Typical Day

Activities Include :
- Class picnics
- Lots of Art projects
- Stories, music, movement
- Dramatic play
- Enrichment Days including: Art, Music, OMSI, Fire Truck
- Service to the community

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on