Come learn and grow with us

At Friendly House Preschool, our play-based curriculum is tailored to the needs of your child, with a focus on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Plus, our program options are flexible to meet your family’s needs and budget, while offering nurturing and engaging preschool activities in a richly diverse environment.

Covid-19 Update

Friendly House is currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Licensed childcare facilities do not yet have guidance on how many children we will be able to have in our care in the fall of 2020. We expect to have information on how many students we are allowed to enroll by August 14th, 2020. Please let us know if you’re interested in Fall 2020 Preschool care, by following the Sign Up link below to be added to the interest list.

This information is subject to change. Please check out our Facebook page to learn more about the virtual community building that Friendly House is doing every day.

Are You A Firefly Or A Ladybug?

Firefly is for 3-5-year-olds and is open 7:30am to 2:30pm, September to June. Three- and five-day enrollment options are available. Firefly includes families paying tuition on our sliding scale and families receiving scholarships through Head Start.

Ladybug is for 3-5-year-olds and is open 7:30am to 5:30pm, year-round. Three- and five-day enrollment options are available. Ladybug includes families paying tuition on our sliding scale and families receiving scholarships through our Logan Nettleton Scholarship Fund and other grants.

Let us know if you’re interested.

We hope to be enrolling for the 2020-21 school year in both Firefly and Ladybug classes soon! Click the button below to create your free account and add your name to the interest list.

What’s Included?

  • Homemade meals and snacks
  • All supplies and learning materials
  • Any field trip or activity fees
  • Before- and after-care fees (full-day class only)
  • High teacher to student ratio (3 teachers to a class of 20 children)
  • Spacious classrooms and gym space
  • Outdoor garden and playground
  • Parent-teacher conferences and family socials

Sliding Scale Pricing

Our sliding-scale tuition enables us to serve families from all walks of life. Scholarships are available to eligible families through funding from Oregon Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Program and our Logan Nettleton Scholarship Fund. Click here for the preschool sliding fee tuition scale for 2019-20.

Firefly Class

3 or 5 days per week**
Class day starts at 8:30; before-care included from 7:30-8:30. 

Ladybug Class

3 or 5 days per week**
Class day starts at 8:30; before-care included from 7:30-8:30. 

**3-day schedules are limited and depend on available days. Contact the director to inquire.

Take a look at our Preschool Calendar for important upcoming dates, and
check out our brochure for more information about preschool activities, policies, and procedures.

Parent Reviews

I loved this program, how welcome our family has felt. I love that we had such a small child-to-teacher ratio. The volunteer staff has been sweet and supportive as well. This program has far exceeded my expectations.

Learn More

Read our handbook or check out our brochure for more information about preschool activities, policies, and procedures.

Contact us to schedule a preschool tour or request additional information about our preschool program.

Contact us by phone: (503) 228-4391
Contact us by email

Meet Our Preschool Staff

Rik Hornick

Rik Hornick

Preschool Co-Head Teacher, Ladybug Class

Rik grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and had a “Leave it to Beaver” childhood, having grown up in the early 60’s. When he turned 22, he moved to Denver, Colorado. He has lived in several cities and worked for 30 years with a variety of children, ranging from gang-affected children in San Diego to preschoolers at Friendly House. Rik has been a teacher at Friendly House since 2011. He has Bachelor’s degrees in both Fisheries Science and Wildlife Science. He has a strong interest in nature and tries to provide the children with an appreciation for the outdoors. Rik is known for his dislike of raisins, his love of apple pie, and his extrodinary puppet shows and dance parties.

Emily Salisbury

Emily Salisbury

Preschool Co-Head Teacher, Ladybug Class

Emily grew up in Jacksonville, Oregon where she spent her younger years playing outside on her family’s 40 acres with her older brother and sister. Playing sports was a big part of Emily’s childhood – she played basketball year round through high school. Emily moved to Portland in 2008 to attend the University of Portland, where she graduated in 2012 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Emily has worked with children of various ages and has always loved teaching, mentoring, and playing a role in strengthening the community that she is a part of. This will be Emily’s been teaching preschool since 2012, and she’s been with Friendly House since 2015. When Emily is not teaching, she enjoys painting, DIY projects, baking, playing basketball, going to concerts, and spending time with her family.

Nanglee Thao

Nanglee Thao

Preschool Assistant Teacher, Ladybug Class

Nanglee is from Portland, Oregon. She studied Child and Family Studies with a focus in Family Life Education at Portland State University. Before coming to Friendly House, she volunteered her time working at Helen Gordon Child Development Center. There, she realized her passion for working with young students and wanted to keep pursuing work in education to help young children thrive. During her senior year at Portland State, she started working at Creston Elementary’s SUN (School Uniting Neighbors) program as an after-school teacher. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, going on quiet walks, and enjoying her friends and family’s company. Grateful for being a part of Friendly House, she brings her authenticity and passion of teaching to expand community building and to create lifelong community.

Mary Traeger

Mary Traeger

Preschool Co-Head Teacher/Head Start Teacher, Firefly Class

Mary was a Preschool Head Teacher and Coordinator at Friendly House for 8 years before taking a hiatus to pursue other work opportunities. She re-joined our community in the fall of 2018 and we’re so happy she’s back!

Before Friendly House, Mary received a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from Oregon State University as well as an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Portland Community College. She comes to us with extensive experience in a variety of early childhood settings. Mary worked at Oregon State University as an instructor at their Child Development Center and worked closely with student teachers, parents and their children. Upon moving to the Portland area, Mary taught at Mt. Hood Community College and helped develop their student teaching program. She also worked as a Head Start teacher for two years at Neighborhood House.

Karen Khamsaeng

Karen Khamsaeng

Preschool Co-Head Teacher, Firefly Class

Karen hails from Berkeley, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Public Health from Oregon State University. (Go, BEAVS!) Karen has a variety of experiences working with children and families, including interning at the Old Mill Center, where she supported family attachment and bonding in the Relief Nursery Program with children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. She has also worked in childcare centers and preschools in several roles – as a school-age teacher, an after school program director, and a toddler teacher.

During her free time, Karen loves to try new food, hike, and spend time with her family and friends.

Karen is excited to be part of the Friendly House team! She enjoys supporting the growth and development of young children through play and hands-on experiences.

Loretta Conopio

Loretta Conopio

Preschool Assistant Teacher, Firefly Class

Loretta was born in the Philippines, and moved to the United States with her mom when she was a preschooler to start a new adventure. They first lived in Wyoming, and then in a few different states before making their way to the Pacific Northwest. Loretta started working with youth while still in high school herself, in various settings from peer counseling and tutoring, to working with kids in homeless shelters. When Loretta is not at Friendly House, she loves being outside as much as possible, hiking, and watching her teen-aged daughter (who is a Friendly House preschool alum!) play soccer.

Shannon Dougherty

Shannon Dougherty

Preschool Assistant Floater Teacher

Shannon is a true world traveler, having lived in four U.S. states, Australia, Thailand, and now Portland! She comes to Friendly House as a new face this year after teaching abroad for the last few years. Shannon started her career in childcare as an assistant teacher in a preschool in Florida before heading off to the University of Colorado Boulder to receive her degree in Sociology. She has spent her time since then as a summer camp counselor, childcare nursery associate, nanny, and English teacher in Thailand. As a new resident of Portland, Oregon, she is exploring the natural beauty by hiking, running, and eating lots of marionberries! Shannon is very excited to be part of Friendly House this year, and is eager to work with the wonderful students of both the Firefly and Ladybug classrooms.

Friendly House Preschool Immunization Rates

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Full and partial scholarships may be available to qualifying families through funding from Oregon Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Program and our generous donors.