We have a home for your family at our preschool.

Friendly House Preschool has been a beloved part of our neighborhood community since 1940.  

We hope that your family joins the Friendly House legacy!

We are NOW OPEN for registration for the 2016-17 school year! Click here to create an account and sign up online! Contact us to schedule a preschool tour or request additional information about our preschool program.  If you’d like to apply via a paper application, please visit the Friendly House front desk or call 503-228-4391.

Click here to view a Sliding Fee Scale for the 2016-17 school year.

The Preschool Calendar 2016-17 is also available – click the link to view schedule closures and events.



Friendly House Preschool is based on the belief that children need an individualized early childhood education program that focuses on each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We provide an environment for children’s growing social interactions, and promote cooperation, and problem solving skills, as well as kindergarten readiness.

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What We Do

Friendly House Preschool offers a half-day educational program for children ages 3-5. Children participate in age appropriate and socially stimulating activities. Children learn and play together under the supervision of experienced staff. The program offers a meal and snack during each class session, developmental screenings and assessments, and parenting support. The Parent Handbook for the 2016-17 school year offers more program information, or you may contact us directly with any questions.

Who We Are

We have a team of caring educators to support you and your family while you’re with our preschool community.  We’ll be updating our staff photos by early September to include our Preschool Aide and our third Head Teacher from Neighborhood House.

IdaIda Lombardozzi, Children’s Programs Director



DanDan Hupala, Children’s Programs Assistant Director



RikRik Hornick, Preschool Co-Head Teacher; Preschool Coordinator




Emily Salisbury, Preschool Co-Head Teacher






A Sliding Fee Scale is available based upon ability to pay.  Subsidized enrollment is available for those that qualify through funding from Oregon Department of Education’s PreKindergarten Program and the Portland Children’s Levy.

Hours and Days

We are pleased to offer expanded capacity in our morning program for the 2016-17 school year, with two morning preschool classes offered simultaneously.  Each class has a capacity of 20 students, led by three preschool teachers.

3-Day Option:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,  8-11:30am

4-Day Option:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8-11:30am

How to Apply

Parents interested in enrolling in Friendly House Preschool can apply online by clicking here! To request a paper copy, please visit the Friendly House front desk.

Contact Us

Questions? Would you like to schedule a preschool tour? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-228-4391 or

What they say:

“I appreciate the love involved. I mean my kids expressed such intense positive emotions regarding the whole staff. There is so much more than just teaching. The kids and teachers respect each other.”

“Friendly House has helped us connect with our neighborhood on a deeper level and contributed to our sense of community. The staff is wonderful. They support the individual children and families.”

“The teachers are wonderful and it will be so sad to go. I love that the class atmosphere is so relaxed and welcoming. The class projects are great. And I love the cultural,socioeconomic diversity. It feels great! My child has shown so much social improvement. I love feeling part of the community that we are in and Friendly House is a huge part of that-a neighborhood rock.”

“I loved this program, how welcome our family has felt. I love that we had such a small child to teacher ratio, that men are teachers (men often being absent during early childhood) as well. The volunteer staff has been sweet and supportive as well. I was hesitant to put my child in preschool, I didn’t enjoy it as a child myself and feared it would just be a daycare substitute. This program has far exceeded my expectations.”

“This program has helped my child learn to help himself.”

The Portland Children’s Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and was renewed in Fall 2008 and again in Spring 2013.  The Levy annually invests about $9 million per year in programs designed to help children arrive at school ready to learn, provide safe and constructive after-school alternatives for kids, prevent child abuse, neglect and family violence and help foster kids to succeed.

Friendly House Preschool receives funding from the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

“In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:” 

Immunization Reporting:

Senate Bill 895 and Oregon Administration Rules 333-050-0010 require schools to share immunization and exemption rates on the school website, in the main office, and by paper or electronic copy to parents twice per year.  If you have questions, please review this information from Oregon Public Health Division.



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