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…

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…

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…

While an educator, parents were constantly asking me tips, tricks, and ideas for their child’s literacy development.  I always asked one question in response: “How often does your child see you reading for pleasure?  Not reading from a screen, but reading from a print medium like you or I ask her to do?” With so…

Americans can no longer afford to pretend that infants, toddlers, and young children are simply passive spectators in society.  These young citizens without voting privileges need passionate advocates to ask tough questions of their elected officials. Contact your representatives in local, state and national office (and those running for public office) so each one knows that…