From the Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center has appointed Jeri Shumate to serve as the school’s interim executive director effective immediately. Concurrently, the board has agreed to accept Ken Dale’s resignation from his position as executive director, and will begin a search for the center’s new leader.
Jeri has been serving as the school’s development director since February of this year. In the past she served as the first executive director for 211info, the statewide information and referral helpline for social services. In that role she facilitated the collaboration and mergers of five helplines into a regional and ultimately statewide system that now serves almost four million residents across Oregon and Southwest Washington.
For the past four years, Ken has overseen important growth and expansion at Peninsula Children’s Learning Center. Working with the board and a committed team of teachers and staff, Ken assured that our enrollment improved, our financial resources were stabilized, critical facility enhancements were completed, and staff training and credentialing were strengthened. The school expanded to increase the number of children we serve by more than 33%. The improvements were managed while continuing to fulfill our mission of providing high quality, affordable childcare and education as well as family supports to the residents of North and Northeast Portland.
The board of directors is grateful for Ken’s deep commitment to Peninsula Children’s Learning Center and we wish him well as he moves on to new pursuits. Together with the staff, we look forward to continuing to serve the children and families of our community.
Notes from Michele, Director of Education
Winter weather has certainly arrived! The children get outside as often as we can manage, and the sunshine (with the cold) helps us stay cheerful and full of energy.
I'm grateful for the welcome I've received while stepping into the role of Interim Executive Director. This is a wonderful school and I can't help smiling every day when I'm greeted by children in all their honesty and exuberance.
I'm happy to announce that Adrienne Finnegan has assumed the role of Food Program Coordinator, and Abby Scott has expanded her role as School Age Program Director. Both were already heavily involved in these functions and are stepping up to the plate to keep these programs running smoothly.
We're also excited to announce a grant from the Multnomah Athletic Foundation to enhance our playground! The MAC Foundation is committed to helping us keep our kids moving. In addition, Social Venture Partners Youth has adopted the school, and last month we received a very generous donation of twenty gift baskets (two for each of our early childhood classes) chock full of books and craft supplies. Thank you to our supporters!
Things continue to buzz here as always, and we're humbly proud to serve the families in our community that need us. Happy Holidays!
Routines and rituals create a predictable foundation for the daily tasks in a child’s life. Within the routines at home and school the schedule may at times vary but having a consistent sequence of events helps children from infancy throughout childhood. The pattern of events, knowing what to expect and when to expect it brings children security, helps support self-regulation and can assist children in feeling comfortable and confident as people and learners.
By communicating about infants individual schedules, needs and routines the early childhood professionals are able to connect with families to create secure environments that strengthen the relationship between the infant, caregivers and families.
Daily routines and rituals here at Peninsula for our wobblers-through-preschoolers are also an important part of the learning, growth and positive risk taking. In the mornings at drop off time a child sees warm relationships between parent and teacher. This are also family daily rituals of a special hug, wave or word to say goodbye.
After times of playing together both inside and out, children have clean up routines and caring for their space together. This instills pride in caring for their classroom, value for working together and a sense of capability. Children see classmates and teachers while sitting down to breakfast, lunch and snack, and have time to talk to one another. The warmth of coming together over the table is such a joyful part of our day and feels like home away from home with our extended family. We are able to include moments of learning about food, our growing bodies and one another. Over time children try new foods, begin to listen to their bodies needs and develop language and relationships through meal times. It has been a pleasure to experience these meal times with children here at the center.
I want to thank families for their patience as we have made changes to align with USDA child nutrition program. This allows us to be able to provide this important experience as part of our day. Having children here by 8:30 for breakfast by 8:30 and having no outside food is a necessary change but change can feel difficult at times. As our new coordinator for the child nutrition program Adrienne is a wealth of information and is available for questions as well.
Partnership in action!
From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
A great big thank you to all of our families who attended conferences last month! We had over 90% participation, and have been following up with all other families. Allowing time to connect with your child’s teacher while they are away from their normal daily tasks provides a beneficial bridge in your child’s care. From home to school, we want to provide the most consistency possible. In addition, your participation in conferences plays an important role in our grant funding.
Our next conference date is in April, but we encourage you to touch base with your child’s teacher any time you have a concern or story to share. I wish you all a warm winter season!