Since joining the team at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center in May, it has been a wonderful whirlwind of meeting children, families, staff and community partners. It has been great to learn about the wonderful work that teachers do, as well as goals and plans for the future. It has been a joy to see the delight and wonder in the eyes of children as they discover new things and conquer new challenges.
Like the children we serve, Peninsula staff are also working every day to learn new things and conquer challenges in order to continually improve, and provide the best possible experience for the children we families entrust us to care for.
To that end, we are excited to be joining in a partnership with the Oregon Child Development Coalition to bring Early Head Start services to Peninsula Children’s Learning Center. This partnership will provide an opportunity for interested families of children from infancy to three years of age, who meet the financial guidelines to access childcare and additional support services at minimal or no cost. Additionally, it will provide the opportunity for additional training and resources for teachers that will benefit all of the children in that age group we serve.
Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families. If you know a family who would be interested in learning more about Early Head Start at Peninsula, please invite them to call us.
Director of Education
As a child I can remember sitting on a blanket surrounded by books, the feel of the sun on my face, the wind blowing through my hair and the moving canopy of leaves on the tree above me. What is your favorite childhood memory from summer? Children love to hear about their family as a child.
The feelings of joy, freedom and contentment that these memories bring up are the foundations that we strive to build for your child at Peninsula.
At Peninsula summer activities and outdoor learning abound. This is the time of year that water misters come on; children dig in the garden, move their bodies, go on neighborhood walks and spend extra time in the beautiful Portland weather.
The days become longer and families enjoy their own summertime favorite activities. We would love to have you share the magical moments of summer for you and your family. As a community this can expand everyone’s possibilities of new ideas and help families begin to develop summertime traditions. We appreciate your contributions to the family bulletin board in our entry.
Have a wonderful summer!
Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
Some of you may already know that we partner with Catlin-Gabel School every year. Once a month, young adults from Catlin visit us to spend extra time with the children. They play and read in the classroom, learning about our social justice mission in the process. We had a wonderful group of volunteers this year, and one of them had the ambition to step forward and offer to give even more. It's my pleasure to give an enormous thanks to Catlin-Gabel student Sophie Wands, who raised money for a donation of anti-bias picture books for the children. Altogether, Sophie donated over 15 brand new high-quality books to our program. We are honored and inspired by her service! Thank you, Sophie!
Over the past 3 years, Peninsula has become so dear to me. I have enjoyed watching your children grow through this program as I have grown along with them.
This summer I have graduated with my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and I have now accepted a new position with the Oregon Department of Education in the Office of Child Care. My work will involve oversight of multiple centers throughout Washington County. It has truly been an honor getting to know each and every one of you, and I wish you and your children the very best.
Director of School Age Programs
School Age Summer Program 2015
Welcome to our school age summer program! We are so excited to have everyone!
Please remember to pack a lunch for your children each day and be sure it is peanut free!
Remember to sign in and out every day and check your parent folder!
Also please read the parent board everyday for important updates and field trip information. This board will have information about the times to leave for field trips and if you need to wear or bring anything special each day.
At 9:30AM, after our morning recess, we will split the kids into two groups.
The 5-6 and some 7 year olds will be upstairs. Everyone else will be downstairs.
Between 12:15- 12:45, reading group kids will go upstairs.
Then around 5PM the two groups will be back together downstairs.
We will also combine for recess 3-4 times a day.
We will be learning about conservation, Oregon wildlife (plants and animals), Japanese culture and a little Oregon History. We will learn through books, videos, arts and crafts, discussions, and exploration. In the month of July our Oregon theme will be detailed as follows:
Week 3: Oceans
Week 4: Our Sister City (Saporo, Japan)
Week 5: Oregon’s Natural Resources
Week 6: Portland Metro
July Art a la Carte will visit us
July 10, we go to Arbor Lodge Park for some water play (Bring a swimsuit!)
July 13, 14 and 16 Unit Souzou is coming to teach Taiko workshops
July 15 we will go downtown to watch Unit Souzou and Korekara Taiko perform on Main Street
July 21 we go to Lee Farm
July 29 we go to Waterfront Park (Bring a swimsuit.)
Most of our field trips we will travel via Trimet. For the further ones, we will rent a school bus. Parents are always welcome to come on trips with us.
Please email or call Mrs. Abby with any program questions or concerns. 503.756.2761 or email@example.com.
Please call the Boise cell phone for any other questions 503.309.2956.
Thanks for sharing your kids with us this summer!