Are you looking for a preschool this fall? Whether you are enrolling for the first time or making a change, there are many schools and programs all over the city with space available.

Happy Hollow Children’s Center

Happy Hollow Children’s Center nested in Beaverton has openings for students ages 3-5 for the 2022-2023 school year. They offer Reggio Emilia inspired; child led, hands on learning in a nature-based eco-healthy environment. Their days are filled with class gathering, outside exploration art, garden curriculum, kindness, mindfulness, social/emotion focused, rest time, school provided organic snacks and so much more. Visit their website where you can sign up to come tour their space!

Spectra Gymnastics

Spectra’s Preschool Program specializes in catering to children with developmental and learning disabilities and or delays. Students utilize Spectra’s unique sensory gym and educational classroom to provide an optimal learning environment. Staff assists children with learning communication skills, transitioning, social communication, play skills, sensory integration and academics. Children learn best through movement and play. Set your child up for school success at Spectra Gymnastics.

Cathedral School

A premier Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade Catholic School in NW Portland. Featuring small class sizes, 1:1 iPad to student ratio, before and after care, enrichment programs, and welcoming all faiths! The Pre-Kindergarten is a 5 full-day a week program and students applying for Pre-Kindergarten must be four years old on or before September 1st and must be fully toilet trained. Apply online at and schedule a tour today!

Deborah Messinger School of Dance/Rising Stars Pre-School

Deborah Messinger School of Dance/Rising Stars Pre-School offers morning Academic Pre-School 2 or 3 mornings per week for ages 3-5 yrs. They also offer dance classes for ages 2 through adults in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, mommy & me, and tumbling.


WeVillage focuses on each child’s individual growth cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically and on creating a family-oriented community.

  • Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development
  • Cognition
  • Language and Communication
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches to Learning (self-regulation, initiative, and creativity)
  • Mathematics Development
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Literacy

Youngset Preschool

Youngset Preschool is a play-based cooperative preschool located in Southwest Portland. They offer a flexible half-day program for children ages 3-5. They foster learning by building upon the child’s natural curiosity and encouraging them to explore their own interests. They provide a warm, caring, child-centered environment where children learn social skills through play and relationships within the classroom. They seek to prepare each child with the social, emotional, and academic skills to succeed in Kindergarten.

Little House Nature Preschool and Kindergarten

Little House’s Morning Preschool and Afternoon Pre-K to Kinder program are dedicated to relational, play-based learning. The school’s natural play-scapes offer the perfect backdrop for inspired outdoor learning. The children’s daily experience includes a welcoming community circle, nature-based art activities, natural science learning opportunities, gardening, physical free play, story-telling and singing. Children practice the skills of communication, care and empathy, while developing a love and reverence for all living things and the world around them.

Magnolia Blossom Preschool

Magnolia Blossom Preschool, located in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland, is an intergenerational, Waldorf-inspired program welcoming children ages 3-5.  They offer a cozy environment and gentle rhythm full of free play indoors and out, arts and crafts, organic meals, and a literacy-rich curriculum.  Come see why considers them one of the 13 best preschools in Portland! Email them for more information or to set up a tour.  

Rosewood School

Rosewood School is a new Waldorf-inspired preschool program for children ages 2.5-5. The school is run by experienced Waldorf early childhood teachers who have a deep and earnest love for children. They offer an option of 3 or 5 days/week, Monday-Friday 9am-1pm. The school is located in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood of SE Portland.

Childworks Learning Center

Childwork Learning Center has limited spaces remaining in its Full and Half-Day programs.  Since 1984, Childswork has fostered a sense of joy, wonder and discovery.

Tucker Maxon School

Tucker Maxon is a preschool for parents who want more than just daycare. They want to prepare their child for lifelong learning and get an early start in education. At this school, children learn through play. They offer a 6:1 average student-to-adult ratio. Highly qualified and experienced preschool teachers focus on academics, communication, and emotional intelligence, with art, music, PE, a rock wall, organic gardening, a treehouse-classroom, and 4 goats! Visit them any time.

Willow Tree Preschool

Willow Tree is a Reggio inspired preschool in the Piedmont neighborhood of N Portland. The warm beautiful home environment, has been created specifically for young children. Sharing their gratitude for nature, love of the arts and deep respect for play in a multitude of ways.  The children are encouraged to move and learn at their own pace, inviting them to explore and build meaning through their experiences. Email or call to schedule a tour.

Southwest Parent-Child Collective

Southwest Parent-Child Collective is a co-operative preschool. Preschoolers have the opportunity to engage in open-ended art activities and play that encourage social skills and creative play. They have openings in their preschool program, 3 to 4 days a week from 9:05 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Come to SWPCC to learn and play!  

Childpeace Montessori School

The Toddler Community at Childpeace is a nurturing Montessori environment where children learn to explore life based on their interests through important individual and cooperative work that leads them to physical independence, coordination, and a sense of community. This critical time of development assists children towards physical independence with classroom activities that revolve around self-care, such as dressing and toileting, as well as reality-based learning such as food preparation and language acquisition.

NW Adventure Company

Years of work and planning have culminated in NW Adventure Company’s expansion into the preschool space to provide a unique, outdoor-centered, complete-curriculum preschool experience designed to promote curiosity, independence, and connection. This program will run year round making use of Flower Magic Farm in NE Portland as a home base but venturing wayward, weather permitting. Specific instruction includes literacy priming, socioemotional proficiency, and wildcraft. They offer any combo Mon-Fri beginning September 15.

International School of Portland

For over thirty years, the International School of Portland has offered full language and cultural immersion in a warm, loving environment that encourages curiosity and kindness. They provide three full language immersion programs — Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese — under one roof. They are proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.

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