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Downtown Portland KinderCare

Kate Mohr, Center Director

1400 SW 5th Ave. Suite 100 Portland OR 97201
(503) 248-0581 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
at the corner of 5th Avenue & Columbia

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None - Center doesn't accept children over 6 years-old

We have a Mandarin Immersion Program for three, four and five year old children.


Welcome to Downtown KinderCare! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms — and every activity and lesson — to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Kate Mohr, Center Director

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training if offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

  • Kate Mohr

    Kate Mohr, Center Director

    Kate worked as a teacher and Program Supervisor in an Early Childhood Education setting for three years.  She then taught elementary school for three years before her first child was born.  After a year at home with her oldest daughter, she opened a Sports Medicine clinic with her husband, where she was the Director of Operations for five years.  She is incredibly happy to return to the field of Early Childhood Education!

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher, Program Supervisor, Elementary Teacher, Director of Operations
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development & Family Relations; K-8 Teaching Credential
  • Morgan, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    10+ years as an Infant and Toddler Teacher
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    BA Psychology
  • Ms. Rhea

    Ms. Rhea, Infant Classroom

    I love working with young children because they make me stay on my feet. Watching them learn to grow up every day is a great experience and privilege for me.

    Ms. Rhea has worked with children in the Philippines for five years. She is a lead Infant teacher at the Downtown KinderCare.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Rhea worked with children in the Philippines.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a major in General Science
  • Ms. Erin C.

    Ms. Erin C., Toddler Classroom

    I embrace the opportunity to be a co-learner and share with the children my own knowledge and experiences. The world is quite an amazing place and to see it through the children's eyes is priceless.

    Ms. Erin has been a nanny and taught Preschool in Texas. She is working with Infants, one and two-year-old children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin has previous experience working as a Preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Anthropology with Minor in English & Political Science
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I believe that every child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. I love guiding each and every one of them.

    Ms. Ashley has worked at a West Linn KinderCare and taught at a small private Preschool in California.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining our center Ms. Ashley worked at another KinderCare and a small private Preschool.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Mr. Jayme

    Mr. Jayme, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love it when children make a learning connection and light with joy and pride in themselves. Knowing that I was there and helped make that connection possible is why I love teaching.

    Mr. Jayme received his degree from Oregon State University. He taught in an elementary school and worked with children in a residential treatment center.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Mr. Jayme worked as an elementary school teacher.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Master's of Art Degree in Teaching

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Korean, Filipino

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our center has a keypad entry that allows parents entrance to the center. Any one new picking up a child must be on the parent pick up list and must present a current identification. Our playground is secured by a locked fence. All of our staff has CPR and First Aid certification. Our center is also state certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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My daughter has attended since 2009 and we have loved every minute. She is developing her language skills as well as social skills quickly. Her teacher, Ms. Laura is amazing. She nurtures and loves each child individually for who they are. I will be sad when we move on to kindergarten. Thank you for the quality care you have always provided.

- Parent

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