Portland Circle of Friends & Family Preschool serves young children by providing a play-based program, which builds self-esteem and encourages problem-solving skills.

What is a Cooperative Preschool?

A cooperative preschool is a program that is operated by a group of parents and guardians who take an active interest in their children’s first educational experience. Family members help the Teacher in the classroom, are given opportunities for education, and are involved in decision-making.

Benefits for Parents/Guardians

  • Direct participation in their child’s education away from home

  • A better understanding of their child’s individuality through observing them with other children

  • A voice in school decisions and policy-making

  • Education in child development and nurturing skills at Parent Meetings, PCPO conferences, and through publications

  • Mutual understanding and moral support from other families with similar concerns, interests and problems

  • Feelings of community and togetherness

Our History

PCFFP has been in existence as a cooperative preschool in Portland, Oregon, since the fall of 1996. The preschool is operated by parents and guardians, and continues to provide a valuable educational service, at a low cost, to families within the community.

Meet Teacher Tami

Teacher Tami has raised two children and provided in-home childcare for 12 years. Years ago, while doing childcare for Kelly Elementary School’s Family Stories Group, Tami realized that our community lacked a high-quality preschool to meet the needs of its families. With the support of the school staff and other community organizations, Circle of Friends first opened its doors in the fall of 1996.

​Teacher Tami truly believes that children learn best through a play-based curriculum. She believes that with the proper learning environment, where children can explore, participate in hands-on investigations and conduct experiments, they will build the foundation necessary for successful future educational experiences. She also believes that by playing both alongside and with other children, they will grow to have more self-confidence and be better equipped in group settings.

Teacher Tami cites Bev Bos as her philosophical mentor, and agrees with her assertion that:

“Experience is not the best teacher, it is the only teacher.” - Bev Bos

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6828 SE Holgate Blvd – Portland, OR 97206