Directly Speaking

I want to wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. Generous Peninsula Children’s Center supporters – several workplace groups, Peninsula parents, Catlin Gabel students, individuals (including some Peninsula families), SVPP Partners, and also members of our Board of Directors – joined together in the holiday spirit to provide holiday gifts and gift cards to more than 30 families who were in need of some help to have a warm and bright holiday season. 

This past year we also all experienced the pain and grief from the recent events at Clackamas Town Center and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. None of us could help but feel sadness and heartache as we watch first responders rush in, victims rush out, and families experiencing the overwhelming sadness of losing family members and friends. We also couldn’t help but think this could have been my child, my student, my school. Fear takes over our hearts and minds and we feel vulnerable in the face of these incomprehensible acts. How do we prepare for the unimaginable? How do we keep our kids safe when there are people in the world capable of doing so much harm? How can we protect our children physically and emotionally from this kind of evil?

Our hope is that our young children don’t hear about these tragedies, despite endless coverage on the news, radio and social media. We turn off the TV, lower the volume, trying to protect ourselves and our families from this sad reality. We see all the children at Peninsula as "our kids" and we will do everything to ensure their comfort, security and joy as our highest priority. I want  all of you to know that we have lock down policies in place if it ever becomes necessary, and we are always reviewing our security procedures.

For those families and caregivers who are looking for resources to help children and families in the days and weeks ahead, we recommend the following website: Some of the links from this site may be helpful to you; especially should your child continue to ask questions about these awful events.


Notes from Amber and Tracey, Co-Directors of Education

The Co-Directors of Education would like to say Happy New Year!

As we begin a new year it’s a great time to start thinking about the new changes in your child’s life if your child is a preschooler getting ready to transition to kindergarten this fall. Children go through many transitions throughout their lives, but one of the most important transitions is the one from a preschool program to kindergarten. “During this period behavior is shaped and attitudes are formed that will influence children throughout their education” (PTA and Head Start, 1999). Children’s transitions are most strongly influenced by their home environment, the preschool program they attend, and the continuity between preschool and kindergarten (Riedinger, 1997).

Here at Peninsula Children’s Center we help children to prepare  for kindergarten from the moment they enter our program whether they are an infant, toddler, junior or preschooler. Our curriculum and assessment programs support the development of each child, and we provide facilitated play throughout each day. Our teachers engage with children during play to help children develop negotiation skills or to share complex ideas. “Research shows that play actually leads to improved academic skills. In this fast-track world, it may be hard to believe that play is critical for brain development, but it is. Play, which is really a child’s ‘work,’ contributes to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth."

In order to facilitate a smooth transition between our preschool program and kindergarten, Peninsula hopes to host a community informational meeting for all parents within the Jefferson Cluster Schools which is a part of Portland Public Schools. We will post flyers and include the date, time and location of this meeting if we are able to make it happen. If you have questions about any transitions - between classrooms or from preschool to kindergarten - please contact us! Amber can be reached at 503-280-0534, ext. 33 or Tracy is available at 503-280-0534, ext. 36 or

Sabin Site Notes

Happy New Year!  Welcome back. I hope everyone had a safe, restful and enjoyable break.

We're kicking off 2013 with a new T.I.C.K.E.T. incentive system. Tremendous Incentives for using Caring words, Kind gestures and Excellent behavior Tickets are given for extra-awesome behavior or being super helpful. Ask your child about them or read the information on the doors by the hooks at the back of the room to find out details. 

Portland Public Schools has asked parents to fill out the before and after school survey rating Peninsula’s program. Please complete the online survey here today: Thank you to those families who have already completed a survey!

Our field trip to OMSI and our canned food drive were successful!  We collected 113 items which were picked up by the Food Bank on Friday, December 21.  Many of the kids got to help load items on the truck.  Thanks everyone for your participation!

Abby Scott
Site Director Sabin Before / After School Program


Boise-Elliot Site Notes

Happy New Year from Boise Eliot! In the month of January we will be focusing on community relationships and the different roles people serve in the community. Our monthly project will consist of building a robot using the creative ideas of the children. We will also be working on our play "The Napping House" which will be performed in the spring. We pushed the performance schedule back due to holidays and scheduling conflicts.

Please remember that the program will be closed Monday January 21, 2013 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Portland Public Schools has asked parents to fill out the before and after school survey rating Peninsula’s program. Please complete the online survey here today: Or see Francine for a hard copy of the survey (available late in this month).
Have a great month!
Francine Alexander
Site Director Boise Eliot Before / After School Program

Enrollment Incentive for You and Your Friends!

Peninsula  wants  to remind you that we still have openings in some of our classes. We can use your help in recruiting new students.  As a thank you for your efforts we are still offering a referral and enrollment incentive: up to a $600 tuition credit for YOU, and up to a $600 tuition credit for YOUR FRIEND.  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 credit. Restrictions may apply. If you have any questions about how this program works please don’t hesitate to contact Ken (, 503.280.0534 ext. 21).

New Electronic Sign In & Out Device at Peninsula's Main Campus

Peninsula Children's Center's Main Campus at 4720 North Maryland will have a new timeclock installed in our Commons area on Monday, January 14. The sign in and out procedure is very similar to the existing timeclocks. Administrative staff members will be present to assist you with signing in and out with the new system from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 14 – Friday, January 18.

Want to brush up on your resume writing and/or interview skills? 

Our wonderful partners at the Junior League of Portland are interested in sharing their skills and expertise with you! In order to gauge the interest of our parents in potential workshops - hosted at Peninsula Children's Center this winter or spring - on the topics of resume writing and interviewing, we ask that you please complete this very short survey:

Your response at your earliest convenience will help us decide whether or not to launch this exciting program. We will also have hard copies of the survey available during the new timeclock trainings January 14 - 18. Thank you!

Calendar of events

January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - ALL SITES CLOSED
February 1, 2013
6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Parents Night Out / Kids Night In! Sign up today by emailing!
February 18, 2013
Staff Training / Prep Day – ALL SITES CLOSED