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Parenting can be a demanding lifestyle that requires a little help at times. If you need help with the babes don’t despair. Flexible daycare is where it’s at and there are options that fit a variety of needs in Portland and they are designed to support parents just like you.Read on to find out where you can find care for your little ones while you are on the clock. Note: many of these options may not be available until after COVID-19 is under control.
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This popular childcare spot takes in kids in the morning, for an afternoon or an evening. It accepts kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Parents with infants will love the beautifully and specially designed rooms that provide safe and stimulating programs for your little one. The play-based preschool curriculum is a win with local families looking to get their kiddos ready for Kindergarten. 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 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Locations: There is a Pearl location and a NE Portland
Located in Lake Oswego, this awesome option offers a variety of licensed, academic early childhood programs for children ages 1 to 12 years-old. The options are flexible and provide quality educational experiences while being taught by trained professionals in an enriching environment. Parents can choose from school readiness programs, no-school day camps, and drop and go care. There’s even care on Saturdays!
Ages: 1-12 years
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m
464 First St.
If you need flexible, part-time childcare on the east side or in North Portland, this favorite childcare spot has three 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.
Ages: Newborn-12 years
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Clark Family Center
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Clark Family Annex
2706 SE Powell Blvd.
1730 N Flint 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
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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 -10 years
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ; Sat. 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 -12 years
Hours: Mon-Thurs. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
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 – 12 years
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
1136 SW Montgomery St., Ste. 101
— Annette Benedetti
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