The Earth Tortoise School – A Montessori Infant and Toddler Community has spaces available January 2019

Community is very important to us. We hope to create a place for families that feels like an extension of their home and provides a network of support. We are an intimate in-home school for children 3 months to 3 years old. We see this time as one for free exploration and developing a sense of self. Infants are just learning about their own bodies and developing the abilities they will need for all later learning. Toddlers are coming into their own. They are learning their place in the world, developing and refining their skills, and asserting their independence. The classroom is the children’s space – child-sized, beautiful, and completely accessible to their need for doing things on their own. It is a peaceful place that gives them the chance to choose what they want to work on within a routine that is predictable and limits that help them feel secure. Learning develops the whole child – physically, cognitively, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. There are no “right” answers but only more exciting questions. And we love to share their enthusiasm with them in an attitude of acceptance, patience, and love. We hope you can join us!

Spaces are available beginning in January 2019!
Please contact us or give us a call at (503) 257-4783 to schedule tour.

You can also find more information at

Back to humanity

I like to write personal emails when I’m on a long flight home from work travel.  From last night:

Dear Page:

I’m intentionally starting emails with “Dear” nowadays, even for work emails.  It is a kind introduction that exudes happiness and positive intent.  I also am smiling more at strangers.  I try to say “hello”, make eye contact, and actually respond to passers-by who say “how ya doin’ today?”, to which I’ll try to genuinely respond.  The suggestion by Asha Dornfest to take back humanity by blogging has made me realize that I’ve been trying to make the world kinder and gentler for a while now, with each smile and “dear”.  It’s like the “happiness project” turned into the “humanity project”.

After Tuesday evening, I feel a bit more grounded.  Relieved.  I have a few doses of hope in me now with more women in leadership and other key milestones.  I love to know that we’ve re-engaged, and I can only hope it doesn’t go away, fade, vanish.

The workmate that sits in the cubicle next to me is a new U.S. citizen.  She is a few months into her new status.  She was so excited to participate in our democracy with her mail-in ballot.  She immigrated to the states from the Philippines, and she recounted how voting in her country of origin involved austere measures to supposedly prevent abuse at the polls.  She also shared how her grandfather was murdered because he was running for office (mayor of a town, I think), and because supported the voices of the marginalized.  The regime was disinterested in helping the poor, so they “took care of” anyone who offered to elevate the interests of the poor.

We continue to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat shuffle play.  We like to go out of order and be surprised.  The kids each have their favorites (Big T likes “Burn”, she’s a teen in angst after all; the big boy likes “Cabinet Battle #2” for all the rap; and the little one likes the opening number).  It’s so amazing how much of the lyric rings true and reminds us that our origins were to “rise up” “to the revolution!”  The founding fathers were so deeply engaged in our democratic process, in making sure that we had a way to be empowered, and yet we fail to recognize and use that privilege.  Are we taking it for granted?

Our biggest girl turned 18 just weeks ago, as you know, and she forgot to order her mail-in ballot and so, therefore, did not participate in our midterm elections 2018.  Her dad was particularly disturbed.  I myself had ballot anxiety as we lost my ballot in the move, so I went into the polling station but I feared that they would somehow not count my ballot thinking I was double-voting.

Well, here we are: the new world of the new world.  We’re on the descent, so …. until next time.



Newly Licensed Learning Center – Ages 2-5

I created Life’s Little Joys Learning Center after a year of planning and dedication. I used my extensive knowledge and understanding of early childhood development and education to create a curriculum and environment that foster learning and growing in an organic and beautiful way. Your child will not spend their day in a classroom, but in an entire house of classrooms!

Life’s Little Joys offers meals provided with organic,milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, low teacher-child ratios (1-8) and competitive tuition rates. There are no potty training fees as it is our belief that children should not be pressured into potty training but rather encouraged and supported when they start to show interest on their own.

Our belief is that in early childhood, it is most important to build a strong foundation for future learning. We do this through learning experiences that are both teacher and child led and based on the children’s interests as well as the intentional provocations of teachers. Academics are intentionally and organically incorporated into our classroom curriculum to make learning fun. Your child will leave our school and enter Kindergarten with the skills needed to be a successful learner and integral part of the classroom community.

Infant/Toddler Opening in Concordia Neighborhood

Here’s what one of our families had to say about us:
“Hello! My name is Nicole….if you’re looking for childcare, I cannot say enough good things about this family childcare. My daughter has spent countless hours in their home and I’m convinced would prefer to be there than at home! This husband and wife team provide a positive, nurturing, loving environment that I am so appreciative of I wanted to share. They are wonderful people and their parenting skills are easy to see when interacting with any one of their four polite and respectful children. If you’d like to speak to me, as a further reference, feel free to email me at”
If you’re interested in finding out more about our childcare, please call or text at 5033581561 or email at
Thank you for your time!

Sweet River Bamboo Preschool & Nursery is Enrolling Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers!

Sweet River Bamboo Preschools & Nurseries are year-round enrichment programs offering exceptional care for children 3 months to 6 years old. We offer two programs for two age groups. The Nursery Clans offer care to children 3 months to 3 years old and our Preschool Clans offer care to children 2.5 to 6 years old.

We are currently enrolling children 3 months to 5 years old for both full time and part time programs.

Sweet River Bamboo Preschools & Nurseries are built upon the conviction that there is an urgent need for families today to live in harmony with the Earth and in connection to community.

Our eclectic curriculum draws inspiration from many well-known pedagogies such as Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia, adapting these approaches to serve the urgent holistic and cultural needs of today’s children. It is our mission to help protect young children from the hazards of modern childhood (such as nature deficiency, pervasive technological and media influence, overstimulation, and disconnection from multigenerational community) by providing a curriculum that nourishes the heart as well as the body and mind. We believe in supporting healthy development on all levels of being by offering children a framework for connecting deeply to the Earth and to other members of the human family.

We greatly value childhood as a time in its own right, and we protect it by encouraging open-ended play, media-free toys made of natural materials, activities, songs and stories that spark imagination, and ample time spent outdoors.

Our low-tech environments prioritize outside play and activities that offer connection to nature and seasonal rhythms. By honoring simplicity, domestic arts and an appreciation for beauty, harmony, the Earth and all living things, children develop a strong foundation of interconnectedness with which to enter the world with as they grow.

We value diversity and understand its significant contribution to the richness of community for all involved. We welcome people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin and sexual orientation to join our community.

If you would like to learn more about our programs please contact us (Sahra) at 503.432.6414 or We are happy to speak with you about your childcare needs and send you a Summary of our Program Offerings.

Thank you for considering our program for your little one!

My Bundle of Joy

Trying to find the perfect daycare in the Portland area can be a daunting task. Family-owned and operated since 1997, My Bundle of Joy is unrivaled in its field. Check out any of our four beautiful infant and toddler care homes to see what makes us so special. Apply here to be added to our wait list and invited for a tour:

Openings at Portland Play Project

Portland Play Project is a Reggio-inspired, play based and ecologically focused preschool in NE Portland, Oregon, serving children ages 3-5. We are a collaborative community that embraces inclusivity, nurtures each child’s innate sense of curiosity and wonder and provides children with social and emotional tools to become kind, empathic and compassionate people. We have spots available for this school year, Thursday/Fridays from 8:30-3 and aftercare from 3-5:30. Please visit our website to learn more.

Professional Nanny w Masters Degree and 15 yrs experience available now!

Professional nanny with 15 years of childcare experience now available for a new position! I am a 37-year-old native New Yorker with a Master’s degree and teaching background blissfully at home in Portland for over four years. I’m a NE tinyhome-owner and creative writer who adores the caregiving profession! My recent long-term nanny share position with several babes ranging from 2 months – 3 years has come to an end as the kids graduate to pre-K. I am now interviewing for new full-time positions with solo families, nanny shares, and/or combinations of part-time positions as schedules align.

A bit about my approach: I always get outdoors with little ones of any age and will happily wear and stroll your babies and toddlers to parks, libraries, play spaces, performances, and businesses. My caregiving combines Attachment, Montessori, and LOTS of experience. My number one priority is safety and healthy development, followed by communication, expressions of love, adventures outdoors, and lots of early literacy! My abundant, excellent references will tell you how seriously I take my role as nanny — as your child’s gateway to the world, and your partner in parenting, I’m responsible, kind, tidy, and professional. Typical days with Aubrey combine healthy meals, fresh air and swings, gentle and structured nap routines, music playing and dance parties, silly voices, lots of snuggles and respectful talks about feelings, arts and crafts, and books books books! Comfortable with breastmilk, formula, and solid food prep; baby wearing and strollers; cloth diapering; infants, toddlers, multiples, and shares. I have a reliable vehicle, CPR and First Aid certification, and lots of experience to share with growing families.

Please email me at to see if we may be a fit! I look forward to hearing from you!