As parents, we’re the masters of multitasking. Case in point: conference calls are the perfect time to fold laundry. But even the most brilliant juggler needs a break. Whether you need an hour or a day, we’ve rounded up Portland’s best spots for flexible child care. Read on to find one that matches your needs.
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This popular childcare spot takes in kids in the morning, for an afternoon or at night. WeVillage will even offer up specially themed nights so you can drop the kids off on a Friday or Saturday night for a date night. There’s an über convenient online reservation form on their website, making their service even more simple to use.
Ages 6 weeks to 12 years
Hours range from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Rates range from $10.50-$22/hour depending on member status and age of child. Day rates are also available.
WeVillage: The Pearl
1024 NW Glisan St.
1295 NE Orenco Station Pkwy.
WeVillage: Happy Valley
16126 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr.
WeVillage: NE Portland
1901 NE Broadway St
In their two locations, one in Lake Oswego and the other in Beaverton, the play spaces are all about providing a fun, safe and totally cool play area for the kids. Drop and Go, Saturday Classes and seasonal Drop and Shop Classes offer parents kid-free time while running errands. Happy hour drop-in rates are available too and the online scheduling makes it easy peasy to see what’s open. Need to answer a few emails? Both locations offer up cafes with free Wi-Fi if you want to stay onsite while your child plays.
Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Ages 1-12 years
$7-$12/hr. per child drop in, depending on membership status
464 First St.
12345 SW Horizon Blvd.
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If you need flexible, part-time childcare on the east side, this favorite childcare spot has four centers to choose from. The staff is heavy on teaching language skills, including baby sign language and Spanish language programming for bigger kids. They also offer interest centers for children including math, science, imaginative play and reading.
Infants through 12 years
6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Price depends on age of child and needs and start at $450/month for 2 days/week for preschool-aged kids.
Clark Family Center
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Clark Family Annex
2706 SE Powell Blvd.
1730 N Flint St.
5834 NE Hoyt St.
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Baerly Big Drop In Day Care
Serving the west side, near Washington Square Mall, this drop-in center offers late night options for parents and construction toys, dress up duds and sometimes field trips for munchkins. Parents like the individual care given to each child, and the array of activities available for all ages and the flexible hours. Reservations are not required, but they are strongly recommended.
Ages 2 ½ to 12
Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Rates are $9/hr. for 1 child, $15/hr. for 2 children, $18/hr. for 3 children; $10 one time registration fee, 3 hour minimum
9225 SW Hall Blvd. Ste. B
Garden Home Recreation Center
Here, you can drop off your kids at the childcare center, then take a fitness class, work out in the weight room or hang out at the onsite library. Or, with a prior reservation, you can leave the site and come back for your kids later. Close to Washington Square and other services, this is a great option if you want to get a bunch of errands done. Get a deluxe fitness pass, and two hours of childcare per day is automatically included.
Ages 6 weeks to 10 years
$3.50-$5.50/hr. (depending on in or out of district status) if staying onsite
$18 total for up to three hours for residents leaving the site
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-noon
7475 SW Oleson Rd.
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Drop-ins are Kids Klubhouse’s specialty. Older children will appreciate the full movie theater and video games, while the younger set will latch on to the friendly staff for arts and crafts. Bring your own food for meals, or ask for a catered meal to be provided. Affordable prices already include snacks. Your little ones will be entertained for after school care, occasional care, or a Friday or Saturday night, when Kids Klubhouse is open until 11 p.m. Open or late
Ages 2 1/2 to 12 years
Mon-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. Noon-7 p.m.
$9/hr. for 1 child, $12/hr. for 2 children, $14/hr. for 3 children, $16/hr. for 4 children; $20/child one-time registration fee
7515 SW Barnes Rd., Suite #102
Students, staff and faculty at PSU can leave little ones at this weekday drop-in center that’s right on campus. They offer walk-in, reserved or occasional care for up to 5 hours a day, 20 hours per week. Ask about their activity kits for parents to check out to keep their little ones busy during meetings or study sessions.
Ages 6 weeks to 12 years
Mon.-Thurs. 7:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:45-5:30; closed Sat. and Sun.
$7.50-$11.50/hr per child or $50-$65/day per child depending on child’s age and parent’s status as student or staff; $45-$60/day for siblings
1136 SW Montgomery St., Ste. 101
Do you ever use flexible child care? Let us know in the comments!
— Suzie Ridgway