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This page is designed to provide parents or parents-to-be with leads to assist them in the search for reliable daycare. Lewis & Clark College has not inspected or evaluated these daycare situations in any way. We have included the names and contact information of faculty or staff who have a previous or current relationship with the listed childcare provider.

Please forward any comments, updates, or additions to Barbara Lipinski  for inclusion in this list.

This page was last updated August, 2012.

Southwest Portland

Mt. Carmel Preschool and Daycare
Ages: Ages 6 weeks through 5 years
515 SW Maplecrest Drive
Portland, OR 97219
Recommended by Elaine Hirsch, ext 7288

Blue Skies and Butterflies Child Care Center                                            Features a dedicated, caring and well educated staff that plans and implements a child centered curriculum
707 SW Taylors Ferry Road (Burlingame)
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 888-0710

Portland Montessori Collaborative
Is a pre-school offering full and part day care for infants three months through Kindergarten. They are a year round school offering four and five day schedules for full and part day care. They have wholesome meals cooked on site, trained and experienced staff, and a commitment to environmental sustainability, and outdoor curriculum.
4817 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 972-7100

Child’s View Montessori School
Distance from LC: 4.3 mii
Ages: 2 1/2 yrs - kindergarten
They offer either a half day or a full day program year-round. They also have an Elementary Summer Program for 6-10 year olds.
4729 SW Taylors Ferry Rd
Portland, Oregon 97219
(503) 293-9422

Funny Farm Early Learning Center
Ages: 3-5
Mission: A unique, full day preschool that presents early education as the start of a great learning adventure, not the preparation for a 12-year sentence!
Located inside the Garden Home Rec Center
7475 SW Oleson Road
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 245-3107
Recommended by Shavette McGhee, ext 7370

 St. James Child Development Center
Ages: 6 weeks - 6 yrs
Provide age-appropriate environment and curriculum that addresses the whole child: emotionally, intellectually, creatively, physically and spiritually.
1315 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 227-2439

Southeast Portland

Creative Minds Learning Center
Ages: 2 yrs - 5 yrs
Three small pre-schools dedicated to providing the best learning environment for the social, emotional and academic development of all children. Green facilities, organic menu, and certified teachers. The closest of the three small schools:

Woodstock School
7103 SE 60th Ave
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 252-0004

Wild Lilac Preschool
Small in-home preschool with two locations in the vibrant Hawthorne district. Wild Lilac is a Waldorf and Reggio Emilia inspired program.
Iris House, for 3-5 year olds.
1533 SE 32nd Ave.
Portland OR, 97214
Daffodil House, for 2-3 year olds.
1540 SE 32nd Ave.
Portland OR, 97214
(503) 236-3240

North Portland

North Portland Montessori School is a small preschool located in a house in the Piedmont neighborhood, blocks away from Peninsula Park and the Rose Garden                                         503.704.6231                                                                                        Recommended by Molly Robinson Kelly, ext 7422

Northeast Portland

Rowanberry School                                                                                               Ages: 3 - 6 yrs
The Rowanberry School is a unique and eclectic program that is deeply rooted in progressive education ideology. The curriculum reflects a strong commitment to creativity, critical thinking, and respect for diversity in all its forms.
6846 NE Mallory Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 750-7607

Wee Works
Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 yrs
Wee Works provides a stimulating, nurturing, age-appropriate environment where children explore, question and play. They welcome children and families of all backgrounds.
3918 NE Hancock St.
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 335-8319

Northwest Portland

Fruit & Flower Childcare Center
Ages: 6 weeks - 5 yrs
Play-based curriculum is built around the needs and interests of the kids and is designed to change as they do.
2378 NW Irving Street
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 228-8349  

Lake Oswego

Christ Church Episcopal Preschool
Ages: Preschool - PreK
Mission:To provide a well-rounded,age-appropriate early childhood education enlivened by the Christian faith
1060 Chandler Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
(503) 675-9120

Ages: Infant - 12 yrs.
800 KinderCare Learning centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
11 Monroe Parkway
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Northwest Nannies
Provides nannies who are professionally trained, experienced, full or part time, live in or live out.
11830 SW Kerr Parkway, Suite 330
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 245-5288


Children’s Village Day School
10400 SW Park St.
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 620-4010
Recommended by Anastacia Dillon, ext 7095

Touchstone Schools
Ages: 3 yrs - 6th grade
Balance classroom and life skills.
7090 SW Fir Loop
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 968-0963
Recommended by Emily Decker, ext 7040  

Priscilla Ditter
7070 S.W. Elmhurst
Tigard, OR 97223
(503) 639-0070
Recommended by Elaine Heras.

West Linn

SunGarden Montessori Children’s House
2284 Long Street                                                                                                   West Linn, OR 97068 
(503) 655-2609                                          
Recommended by Molly Robinson Kelly, ext 7422


Referral Services

Cascade Centers
Cascade is our current Employee Assistance Program vendor. One benefit you have as an LC employee is an excellent daycare referral resource that tries to match your requirements with the appropriate daycare. This is a free service to employees and their families.
(800) 433-2320

Oregon Child Care Resource & Referral Network
1 (800) 342-6712

Child Care Improvement Project
A program of Neighborhood House that provides child development trainings, home visits, and child care referrals to parents in Portland, Gresham/Troutdale, and Clackamas County.
(503) 524-3245

Sitter City
Online resource for helping you find baby sitters, nannies, pet sitters, house sitters, tutors and elder care providers.
Child care, senior care, pet care, tutoring, and housekeeping services.

Live-In Childcare: AU PAIR USA
Au pairs have over 200 hours of childcare experience, have been trained in CPR, first aid and child safety, and are 100% legal. Au Pairs travel to the United States from over 40 countries as part of a U.S. State Department-designated cultural exchange program. The program allows them to live with your family for a full year and provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week. Plus, exchange cultural understanding. Extension and Summer-Only programs are also available. Contact your Portland Local Coordinator at (503) 704-0521 or

Informational Links

Department of Health & Human Services:
The National Child Care Information Center

Oregon Employment Department:
Child Care Division

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies:
Child Care Aware