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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.

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Welcome

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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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

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.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

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.

Math

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.

Music

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 is 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
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    3/31/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    M.Ed. Educational Leadership; B.S. Degree in Child Development & Family Relations; K-8 Teaching Credential
  • Morgan, Assistant Director

    A person's a person, no matter how small."
    -Dr. Seuss

    Morgan has spent over a decade caring for and educating young children. She has a passion for working with infants and toddlers, and loves being a part of all of their new experiences and seeing the world through their eyes. Helping children explore, learn, and develop is a daily gift! Currently, Morgan is enjoying her role in center management as Assistant Director, where she supports both her staff and the children and families she serves

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher, Toddler Teacher, Center Management
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hears a Who
    Year Started:
    8/7/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    B.A. in Psychology, Associate's Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Nora, Discovery Preschool Program

    "People always ask me, 'How can we get kids interested in science?'. The problem isn't getting them interested, the problem is prioritizing their interest."
    -Emily Graslie

    Previous Experience:
    Summer Camp Counselor, Babysitter
    Favorite Children's Book:
    More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    BA in Psychology
  • Rhea

    Rhea, Infant Program

    "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
    -William Arthur Ward

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher in the Phillipines, Infant Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Henny Penny
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    BA in Secondary Education, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Sarah, Infant Program

    "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."
    -Dr. Seuss

    Previous Experience:
    Youth Counselor for a Non-Profit Organization
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Family of Ree
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA in Psychology
  • Angela, PreKindergarten

    The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery!

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary English Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Mary, Preschool Program

    Mary loves that she can be 100% herself around the children all the time, as that is how they are with her always.

    Previous Experience:
    Au Pair, Substitute Teacher, Elementary English Tutor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    BA in Humanities
  • Krystal, Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool Teacher
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Manny, Support Staff

    Previous Experience:
    Paraeducator, Tutor
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Bad Case of the Stripes
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Jane, Toddler Program

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Volunteer
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Mine! by Shutta Crum
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Lily, Toddler Program

    "Wisdom begins in wonder."
    -Socrates

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, Preschool Teacher, Elementary English Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
    Years in ECE industry:
    10+
    Education:
    BA in Japanese
  • Roxanne, Toddler Program

    "A good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others."
    -Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

    Previous Experience:
    Tutorial Teacher, Volunteer Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Erin

    Erin, Toddler Program

    "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
    -Maria Montessori

    Previous Experience:
    Nanny, PreKindergarten Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Story of Ferdinand
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    BA in Anthropology, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ashley

    Ashley, Preschool Program

    Ashley believes that each and every child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. She loves guiding each and every one of them.

    Previous Experience:
    Discovery Preschool Teacher, Preschool Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Angelina Ballerina
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    BA in Liberal Arts, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Jayme

    Jayme, PreKindergarten Program

    Jayme loves to see children make a learning connection and light up with joy and pride in themselves. Knowing that he was there and helped make that connection is why he loves teaching.

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Education:
    MA 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
  • Tagalog

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.

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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.

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