One of the biggest challenges families face in Portland is finding child care. Or, more accurately, finding child care in their area that they can afford, that actually has an opening to take their child(ren). For many parents, the question of when to look for care is met with a simple answer: yesterday! Ryan, marketing lead at PDX Child…

Danita Huynh has worked as the manager of early childhood programs at IRCO, an organization that provides a range of services for immigrants and refugees in the Portland area for twenty years. During this time, she has served with hundreds of families. But one sticks with her more than any other. When a Vietnamese family reached out to IRCO, they had…

The itching. The terrible itching. And the shame. The terrible, illogical shame. People are willing to discuss so much about the experience of raising children; illnesses, irrelevancies and idiocies are common topics of conversation for new families. If you have lunch with new parents, the consistency of their child’s bowel movements can dominate the afternoon…

I’m not a professional photographer.  I’m a teacher who documents children’s learning.  Over the years, many smart people have told me my pictures were horrible and gave me suggestions on how to make them better.  I’ve gone through my notes and distilled these lessons down to 5 tips that help me capture the everyday brilliance…

Remember that picture book you asked for every night before bed?  The one you knew by heart?  The one that makes your heart leap whenever you see it? The one your child couldn’t care less about? It hurts, but that’s a good thing.  We all get to experience the world and find ourselves in the…

The last post was about the importance of a drop-off routine.  But what does one look like?  The following are suggestions — change them according your child, yourself, and your life.  If nothing else, is make sure your child knows that you love them and you will always come back.  The rest is icing. Talk about…

It isn’t easy. The leaves change, the rain comes. Pumpkin spice is in everything you drink.   Your child is back in school or daycare and that may mean getting to know a new teacher, new classmates, or even a new school. PDX Child Care sent an email to our 600 providers asking what every…

First, I want to thank the State Senators, Representatives, Youth, Rights & Justice, and everyone else who worked on SB 533. You have taken a marvelous first step in stopping the unnecessary suspensions of children Pre-K to 2nd grade. Wait, what? Children that age get suspended when every piece of research shows how important classroom time…

Why is early education important for everyone, even those with older or no children? It’s the economy!  James Heckman, an economist with the University of Chicago, states that for every tax dollar spent on Early Education and Birth to Five initiatives will seen a return of $7. If you had a mathematical formula (not a…