We are thrilled to announce the opening of our full-day, year-round preschool program in the fall of 2017 for 3- to 5-year-olds!
Friendly House Preschool has been a beloved part of our neighborhood community since 1940 and for years, we have wanted to offer a full-day option to better meet the needs of working families. With a little imagination and a lot of hard work, we will be opening registration for our full-day program on April 3, 2017! We are also pleased to offer our half-day morning class.
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We hope that your family joins the Friendly House legacy!
We have several enrollment options to meet your family’s needs and budget for the 2017-18 school year:
Half-Day Morning Class, September-June, 8am-11:30am for ages 3 to 5
Choose 4 mornings (Tuesday-Friday) or 5 mornings (Monday-Friday). No before- or after-care available. Start Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 – full calendar TBD.
Full-Day Class, Year-Round, Open 7:30am-5:30pm for ages 3 to 5
Choose 3 full days (days are flexible but depend on availability) or 5 full days. The teaching day is from 8:30am-3:30pm – before-care from 7:30-8:30 and after-care from 3:30-5:30 is included! Start Monday, August 28th, 2017 – full calendar TBD.
- 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
We are pleased to offer sliding scale tuition and welcome a diverse group of families into our community. Scholarships are also available to eligible families through funding from Oregon Department of Education’s PreKindergarten Program and the Portland Children’s Levy. Click here for the preschool tuition rates for the 2017-18 school year.
Looking to sign up for 2016-17?
We still have space in or 3- or 4-day morning program. Click here to create an online account and sign up for the current school year now! 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.
What We Do
Friendly House Preschool offers a full- and 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. Click here to read our staff bios!
How to Apply
Parents interested in enrolling in Friendly House Preschool can apply online by clicking here for the 2016-17 school year! Registration for the 2017-18 school year will be open on April 3, 2017.
Contact us to schedule a preschool tour or request additional information about our preschool program. You may also contact us by phone – 503-228-4391.
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.
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