Your work a lot, parent a lot lifestyle is rewarding but but let’s be honest, every parent could use a little help. You’ve got an endless list of things to do, but you don’t have to do it all alone! 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.

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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. 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.
Rates: Starting at $12/day

1901 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

Peak Academy
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. 

Ages: 1-12 years
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m
Rates: $7-$12/hr. per child drop in, depending on membership status

464 First St.
Lake Oswego

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Grandma’s Place
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.

Ages: Newborn-12 years
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Rates: 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.

Rose Quarter
1730 N Flint St.

Center Village
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
Hours: 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 -10 years
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-noon
Rates: $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

7475 SW Oleson Rd.

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Kids Klubhouse
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. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. Noon-7 p.m.
Rates: $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

Little Vikings
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.-Thurs. 7:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri. 7:45-5:30; closed Sat. and Sun.
Rates: $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

— Annette Benedetti

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