Directly Speaking

One of our goals this summer has been to attain full enrollment in all of our classes and programs. As a current Peninsula family member, you are our best spokesperson. We are asking you to help us spread the word!!  As a thank you for your efforts we are continuing to offer a referral and enrollment incentive: $600 tuition credit for YOU, and a $600 tuition credit for YOUR FRIEND if they enroll for at least one month. The credit will begin the second month, and you and your referral will be given a $100 credit for the next 6 months.  For every family you refer you will receive an additional $600 credit. Restrictions may apply. If you have any questions about this program please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We’ve been posting openings on urbanmamas, craigslist, facebook and on our web page; tabling at various community events in the neighborhood; and we’ve also updated our website with new features and information ( – all in an effort to let the larger Portland community know who we are and that we have openings.

We also want to get the word out about our new expanded part-day preschool program for potty-trained children ages 3 -5 years.  This program is scheduled to open Monday, September 10th

If you can’t think of any friends, neighbors, or co-workers who could use our programs, please consider this other way of helping us. We now have business profiles on popular review sites!  Our success is dependent in part on word-of-mouth impact, which these types of sites can have.  Please leave a review about us by following any or all of these links!

  • YELP
  • CITY SEARCH                                                                                                                     

I want to thank you in advance for helping us fill our classrooms to capacity. 

News from Co-Directors of Education Amber and Tracy

The end of summer is approaching quickly.  August and September are very busy at Peninsula!  We are enrolling new students on a daily basis and many current students are getting ready to advance to a new classroom.  As your child enters their new classroom there will be a time of adjustment.  It is common during this process for children to have renewed separation anxiety and also regression.  Be patient, it will soon pass!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child please feel free to speak to their teacher or to one of us. 
Peninsula Children’s Center is a large organization that relies on the work of many devoted teachers, administrators, board members and volunteers to keep things running smoothly.  When parents are involved the partnership between home and school is strengthened.  The other part of volunteering is that children love to share their school with their families. They enjoy having their parent in the classroom. Peninsula Children’s Center is lucky to have teachers who are educated and talented in the field of early learning.  They are committed to the work they do with children, but they can always use extra help on things around their classrooms, and other areas of the center.   We ask that parents volunteer one hour a month to support the program here at Peninsula. 
There are many ways to help out and be involved.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Read stories to children
  • Play a musical instrument for children
  • Help on field trips.
  • Share your culture or your profession
  • Help teachers with classroom environments such as wall displays, cleaning, or organizing.

If you aren’t able to get away to spend time in the classroom, we have other ways you can help!  You can do work at home for us, or after hours.  Here are some more ideas:

  • Sewing projects (we supply the material, you supply the labor.)
  • Gardening
  • Yardwork, painting, fixing things etc.

Please talk with your child’s teachers about ways that you can help out in the classroom. We appreciate your commitment to making sure that Peninsula Children's Center is a thriving environment for your child's early learning and development!

School-Age Summer Camp Notes

It’s hard to believe that summer camp is almost over! We have had a fun, exciting summer with so many activities - from Mimosa Studios to bowling to visits to the library. In the last three weeks of camp we will be going to the Zoo and Blue Lake Park. As we conclude the summer program we will making memory books of our summer camp experience. Please note that camp ends August 24, 2012.

Parents, we are gearing up to begin another school year. Before and after school care begins on the first day of school - Wednesday, September 5, 2012. If you have not signed your child up for before and after care at either Sabin Elementary School or Boise Eliot Elementary School, please do so as soon as possible to ensure that your child has a spot in one of our programs! See Sam or Francine at Sabin or come by the main campus (4720 N. Maryland Ave.) to fill out registration paperwork. Thank you!

Save the Date for our 41st Birthday Party!!!

Peninsula is celebrating its 41st  birthday by throwing ourselves a big party! On Sunday, September 16th from 1-3, all families, staff and community members are invited to join us at the Maryland Campus.  Mr Ben will be singing and Super Steve will be making balloon art.  We will also have a Dino Bounce and face painting, and of course lots of cake, ice cream, and fruit.
To throw a great party we will need some volunteers. Please contact Ken at or 503-280-0534 ext. 21 if you are interested in helping out.

Activities and Updates


Please check your boxes for an annual enrollment update. Paperwork, including tuition agreement, updated contact information and USDA form, needs to be returned to Tracy by August 15, 2012.

Music with Mr. Ben

Did you know that every Friday we enjoy music and movement with Mr. Ben? This is a wonderful enrichment to our curriculum, and the kids and teachers just love it!

The children and teachers sing, dance, play, and make music together. The emphasis is on having fun while experiencing and making music in a positive and predictable environment.  The Singers and Stompers curriculum is designed to make musical terms and concepts approachable for children, to demystify music and musical instruments, and specifically to always relate back to the four properties of music: Pitch (low / high), Timbre (Tonal quality — rough / smooth or bright / warm), Rhythm (fast / slow), and Dynamics (loud / quiet).

Research consistently shows that language acquisition and literacy skills, especially for very young children, are greatly enhanced through a music curriculum, utilizing singing and sing-a-longs, musical instruments, dancing to familiar songs, and other activities concentrating on connecting language with rhythm, cadence, and active participation. We are so pleased to offer this special feature of our program to children and families at no extra cost!

Check out Free Fridays at the Portland Children's Museum

Another great way to foster age-appropriate development with and among children is through art! Our partners at the Portland Children's Museum are offering free admission every first Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. The museum is closed for the first week of September, but be sure to take advantage of this program, generously sponsored by Target, in the months of August, October, November and December.

Calendar of events

Wednesday, August 22 Volunteer Work Day: Lewis and Clark Students Service Plunge!
Friday, August 24 Last day of School-Age Summer Camp Program
Friday, August 31 ALL SITES CLOSED - Staff Training / Classroom Prep Day
Monday, September 3 ALL SITES CLOSED - Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, September 4 Family Involvement Meeting
Wednesday, September 5 First day of Before and After School Programs
Thursday, September 6 Group Tour