Preschools/Early Childhood




Locating a preschool for your child can be a challenging and scary process. See below for some resources for helping you make that decision! 


Parent Child Preschools Organization (PCPO) supports developmentally appropriate  parent child cooperative preschools in Oregon and Washington.  PCPO is not a preschool, but a membership organization for cooperative preschools. There are over 60 affiliated preschools in Oregon and Washington. Each school is its own entity and they have varying characteristics based on their philosophy, size and location.  Cooperative preschools are structured to welcome parent/caregiver presence in the classroom and can be a wonderful way to build community with other families and grow with your child through the preschool experience. 

You can find a listing of PCPO affiliated schools under the Schools button at the following website:


Metro Parent is a family resource guide for parents in the Portland and Vancouver area. Click on “Resources” at their site to find listings of preschools, classes and lots more information in the area.


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Marylhurst is a 42-year-old, non-profit school currently housed in the historic Barclay Building of Oregon City.   Preschool and K-6 primary grade programs feature an emergent curriculum steeped in a progressive education model, narrative reports, 8:1 child-teacher ratios, enrichment programs and summer camps, extended care, and parenting workshops.  Includes classes for Parents and Two’s! 


The Marylhurst School believes that children are naturally curious, intrinsically imaginative, and thrive when learning is active and meaningful. Teachers are inspired by children to create enriching environments that foster kindness, intellectual growth, and the joy of discovery.


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