Fall 2017 Tuition Increase

Dear ChildRoots Families,

As a school for young children, ChildRoots advocates for the whole child.  We understand how important those first years are, and our organization is committed to supporting your child by providing a loving, nurturing environment and a high-quality program that emphasizes cognitive, social, and emotional development.  As educators, we continually strive to engage your child by providing high-quality materials and beautiful spaces to explore, emphasizing emotional education, nourishing your little one with whole foods, and paying close attention to every developmental milestone.

Additionally, we recognize the importance of teacher continuity in classrooms and strive to hire wonderful teachers.  Over the last several years, ChildRoots has worked diligently to improve job satisfaction and lower emotional burn-out, areas in which we have made great strides over the last year.  We also understand the highly positive impact of competitive wages in terms of staff retention, and we are happy to announce that staff hourly wages increased on average by $1.25 in 2016.  

To keep pace with mandated minimum wage hikes and general operational expense increases, on September 1, 2017, tuition rates will increase by 5% for all enrolled children.   

We understand that having predictable rates is important to your family budget, and we pledge to maintain the new rates through August 31, 2018.  

Effective September 1st 2017, tuition will increase to the below listed amounts:


  • 2 Day $  990
  • 3 Day $ 1,250
  • 5 Day $ 1,670


  • 2 Day $ 790
  • 3 Day $ 970
  • 4 Day $ 1,120 (grandfathered only)
  • 5 Day $ 1,270

It is a privilege to care for your child.  Thank you for being a part of the ChildRoots community. We look forward to a wonderful year together!


The ChildRoots Management Team

ChildRoots Inclement Weather Policy

We know how important it is for our families to have reliable childcare and, to that end, we try our absolute hardest to stay open regardless of weather conditions. We also want to ensure the safety of our teachers, who are coming into work from all over the surrounding region. 

In the event of severe weather and treacherous road conditions, we may choose to implement a 2-hour late opening OR close for the day entirely, depending on weather conditions. 

o    Any closures that occur will affect all ChildRoots locations. 
o    We'll be communicating any change to our regular operating schedule both on the homepage of our website and via email by 6:00 AM.

We do NOT follow the Portland Public Schools inclement weather schedule. 

December News for Parents

Happy December, ChildRoots families!



Inclement Weather Policy

With winter creeping ever closer, we've been focused on honing our inclement weather plan; should ice or snow happen over the next few months. We know how important it is for our families to have reliable childcare and, to that end, we try our absolute hardest to stay open regardless of weather conditions. We also want to ensure the safety of our teachers, who are coming into work from all over the surrounding region. 

In the event of severe weather and treacherous road conditions, we may choose to implement a 2-hour late opening OR close for the day entirely, depending on weather conditions. Any closures that occur will affect all ChildRoots locations. In the event that we do decide to close or open late, we'll be communicating this change both on the homepage of our website and via email by 6:00 AM. 


Emergency Contact Update

We're still missing mobile carrier information from many families -- please check to ensure that you've filled out the cell phone information form. This allows us to send text messages in the event of an emergency.

Parenting Classes

We're planning our next parenting class series, and we'd love to hear from you! What topics would you most like to hear about? Please fill out this quick survey, and let us know if you have any feedback!

Winter Faire

Our next magnificent community event is coming up soon! Plan on joining us on Sunday, December 18th anytime between 9:00 - 1:00. We'll be celebrating winter by transforming our Southeast school into a winter wonderland; complete with a winter gnome, an ice queen, a winter fairy, a wizard, and a sleepy bear. We have an amazing group of vendors selling handmade goods; music; and delicious food. Invite your friends and neighbors! This is an event not to be missed. 

The PCC Returns

We're looking forward to resuming our Parent Collaboration Committee next month! Our first meeting of 2017 will take place on Monday, January 16th at 6:00 PM. Do you have any all-school questions or concerns that you'd like addressed at this meeting? Please get in touch. ALL parents are welcome to join our executive director, Nina, at this meeting at our Southeast school. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Closures

Just a reminder that ChildRoots will be CLOSED from Monday, December 26th - Friday, December 30th. School will resume on Monday, January 2nd.

November News for Parents


Hello, families!

Thank you for being a part of our community. We're grateful for all that you bring to our school. We're grateful for the time that we're privileged to spend with your children, and we sincerely thank you for trusting us to be such an integral part of your child's formative years. More than ever, we're committed to inspiring inquiry and curiosity, and filling your children's time at school with compassion, kindness, and respect. We can't wait to see how they change the world. 


We've been hard at work stocking classrooms with books, fulfilling teacher requests, and organizing a system for regular book rotations. Books will be rotated monthly between centers, and we're working to fill requests for learning circles, ateliers, and current class interests as soon as possible.

Emergency Contact Update

Thank you to all of you that have filled out your mobile carrier information. If you haven't yet had a chance to get this information to us, please do so as soon as you can. This allows us to send text messages to you in the event of an emergency.

November Events and Closures

Thursday, November 17 - The Power of Choices
Join our executive director, Nina, for a parenting class that will give you the tools you need to use choices to offset oppositional moments and make parenting less stressful and more fun.

Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25 - CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break

Sunday, December 18 - Join us for our next community event: Winter Faire! Our Southeast school will be transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland, full of nooks and crannies for children to explore. Read stories with a sleepy bear, cast a magic spell with a mysterious wizard, and collect treasures from a friendly gnome and beautiful ice queen. Teachers and community members will sell handmade goods; and delicious food and music invite you to stay awhile. We can't wait to see you there!

Food Drive

Throughout the month of November, we'll be collecting non-perishable foods and cash donations for the Oregon Food Bank. You can drop any food items off in the large white barrels by the entrance of your school. Financial donations can be made on the Oregon Food Bank website, or can be left with your director. Thank you so much for your generosity. 

Sibling Enrollment for Fall 2017

Enrollment offers for our fall 2017 infant cohorts will be going out early in the new year. Internal siblings will be offered spaces in January, and we'll be contacting external families to fill the remaining spots in February. If you haven't already, contact Caroline at enrollment@childroots.com to ensure that your baby is on the list.

October News for Parents

Hello, ChildRoots families!
The air is getting cooler, nights are getting longer, the rain is back, and plenty of crunchy leaves line the sidewalks. Autumn is here! I’ve heard of classroom excursions apple-picking, hayrides and pumpkin patches, and excited chatter about upcoming festivities. 

We’ve welcomed quite a few new families into our school community over the past month. If you see a new face, say hi! The beginning of the school year is always a great time to plan a class outing to Harper’s Playground or OMSI. 
Upcoming Happenings

Wednesday, October 26 - Do you have friends in need of a dynamic, engaging preschool program? We'd love to have them join us at our Preschool Open House! Join us at our Northwest center anytime from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, October 26th to take a look at our child-centered classrooms, meet our teachers, and experience our art and science-based preschool program. Children (and adults!) will have a chance to investigate our materials, sample our food, and check out our curriculum hands-on. 

Friday, October 28 -  Our magical Lantern Walk is fast approaching! Join us on Friday, October 28th at 7:00 PM at Fernhill Park. We’ll meet at the tennis courts on 37th Ave., just north of Ainsworth. Families will follow a lighted, windy path through the woods; collecting treasures from their favorite teachers as they go. Music and fire dancers are sure to delight! Costumes are welcomed – we can’t wait to see you there! 

Friday, November 11 - All CR locations will be closed for Veteran's Day + Professional Development. 

Halloween Costumes
We're so excited to see your kiddos' costumes...at the Lantern Walk. Costumes are highly encouraged at the Lantern Walk! For the sake of teachers and children, please ensure that costumes stay home from school. We want to make sure that the only clothing that comes to school is easy to move in, okay to get dirty, and doesn't cause any distractions in the classroom environment. 
Changes to Billing + Enrollment Updates

We’re excited to announce a new, easier way to pay! Our e-invoices will now feature a way to pay your child’s tuition online. It's easy, secure and allows fast payment using your bank account. Online payments generate an immediate email confirmation and typically take one business day to post. Since paying online does credit your account so much quicker than paper checks, this is our new preferred method of payment. We plan to make this available for our Fremont school and the annexes on November 1st, and our Southeast and Northwest centers will be able to pay online on December 1st. Contact Esther in bookkeeping with any questions!
We love you. Don't leave us. ...But, if you must, we'd like to make it easier. Beginning November 1st, we're knocking a month off of our current notice policy -- instead of 90 days, we now require just 60 days of notice if you're reducing enrollment or withdrawing. To streamline that process, that change of enrollment form is now available online -- talk to your director for more information. 
PCC News
The Parent Collaboration Committee has been an invaluable resource, and we really appreciate the time that all of your classroom representatives have spent at after hours meetings, and the thoughtful feedback that everyone has provided. The format of our PCC is changing so we can hear from all of our families. Our next PCC meeting will be taking place at our Southeast school on Monday, January 16. All parents are welcome to attend and share any all-school questions or concerns. 

August PCC Notes


Sensory, Toileting, and Teacher Retention -- these were just a few of the topics discussed at our most recent PCC meeting on Monday, August 15th.

Sensory - We believe that sensory is vitally important for young children, and these early experiences with sensory processes are the basis for our art and science program for young children. Infant and toddlers aren’t yet interested in the product – as adorable as they may be for parents, handprint turkeys aren’t valuable to children. Children are, however, deeply interested and invested in the process. They’re excited to scoop and pour and rip and smear; and our sensory program gives them ample opportunity to practice these skills, communicate with each other, and investigate the world around them. Each aspect of our sensory program is planned to be safe and scaffold upon the previous material. If we’ve brought an item into our school, we’ve already thoroughly investigated the environmental impact and safety implications.

Toileting - To support toilet learning, we ask all children in underwear to check in with their bodies and use the bathroom before heading outside. If a child expresses that they do need to use the bathroom while outside, a whole group must come inside so ratio is maintained. Due to health codes and licensing regulations, it’s not possible to install a toilet or potty chair outside.

Sibling Discount – Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide a sibling discount. After paying our employees and covering all overhead costs, our profit margin is only 9%. Providing a 10% sibling discount to all of families with us with more than one child would, in essence, completely diminish that profit margin. Our profits go into reserves for low summer enrollment months, and sometimes go towards large projects or new locations.

Days Off in September – We’ll be closed on Friday, August 26th for teacher training and graduation prep, and September 1st and 2nd for new school year preparation. Teachers will be deep cleaning classrooms, moving, organizing, and setting up spaces for the new school year. Several parents commented on so many closures so close together, and we’ll keep this feedback in mind when structuring the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.

Teacher Retention – This was a hot topic, with many parents recounting the frustrations they’ve had with teachers leaving. We, too, desperately want these people to stay. We work to provide good training, a supportive, positive atmosphere; and adequate compensation (our starting wage is now significantly higher than industry average). The 6% tuition increase families will be paying in September goes almost entirely to raising teacher wages across the board. We’re providing teacher treats, continuing education, and – new this month – an ongoing teacher collaboration council. We want our teachers to be successful and feel valued as much as you want them to stay at ChildRoots. More musings on this topic are forthcoming – we don’t want parents to feel like we’re selling them an experience that we are consistently unable to provide. We still ask teachers to make a long term commitment to their cohort (which we revisit year by year), but now understand that teachers remaining with their kiddos the full 3 years from infancy to preschool is increasingly unlikely. The relationships that children form with other members of their cohort is critical to the formation of emotional literacy, empathy, and social-emotional skills. Besides the evident importance of a stable, loving teacher; we seek to promote healthy, strong peer relationships; and we provide children with a safe environment to grow these social skills and first friendships. 

August News for Parents




Preschool Openings

We have several openings at our Northwest and Southeast centers for preschool-aged children! If you have friends that are looking for an exceptional preschool program, please send them our way.


PCC Updates

Our Parent Collaboration Committee has had an excellent first six months. Hearing your questions and concerns has been so valuable, and we’re looking forward to continuing our meetings in the new school year. New classrooms (and classrooms with graduating preschoolers) will need one or two PCC representatives that can commit to attending an hour-long meeting each month. Topics for these meetings are solicited from your classrooms, and can include any school or program-wide policies, philosophies, or concerns. Meetings are held with our executive director, Nina, on the 15th of each month.


Enrollment Changes

We are officially adjusting our enrollment procedures to provide for more consistency and better communication between our bookkeeping department, administrative office, and each school. If you’re interested in adding days to your schedule, I’ll be your new contact: enrollment@childroots.com. If the schedule you’d like is available, you’ll be directed to our new change of enrollment form on the parent resource page of our website. Reducing or withdrawing days? You'll also be able to access this change of enrollment form online.


Upcoming Closures

Check out the calendar on our website to learn more about all of our upcoming events.

Friday, August 26th: Closed for teacher training and preschool graduation preparation. NW and SE graduation at 6:00.
Thursday, September 1st - Friday, September 2nd: Closed for new school year preparation
Monday, September 5th: Closed for Labor Day

We'll see all of you back on Tuesday, September 6th!


Teacher Wage Increases

We are delighted to announce that, for the second consecutive year, we’ve been able to offer substantial wage increases to each of our incredible staff members; effective in September. They work so, so hard; and we want to be able to offer them the support that they need to be able to make long-term commitments to us.



The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time (days, months, or even years!) with your children. The end of the year is always a bittersweet time of goodbyes and transition, as we say farewell to children leaving ChildRoots for kindergarten.

Hitting, Biting and Pushing – Oh My!

School can be a wonderful experience for children. It can provide kids with confidence-building experience in social situations, valuable first friendships are formed, and children gain conflict resolution skills in a safe, kind, and positive environment. The period of time before children have the words to consistently be able to express themselves also sees a fair amount of physicality – “hands-on” experience in conflict resolution, if you will. Teachers are absolutely committed to keeping children safe here at school, and we use a variety of different techniques to redirect tricky behavior:


Topics from the fifth Parent Collaboration Committee (PCC), which was held at Fremont Center on June 15th, 2016: 

  • Reading, Math, Literacy, and Kindergarten Readiness
  • Lead, Asbestos, and Radon
  • Short Goodbyes, Long Hellos
  • Sunscreen Application
  • Communication Updates


Topics from the fourth Parent Collaboration Committee (PCC), which was held at Southeast Center on May 13th, 2016.

  • Classroom Environment
  • Things from Home: Toys, Costumes, Books
  • Signing In and Out
  • Find Your Routine
  • Classroom conversations
  • Who do I ask?
  • Update: Sub in the Classroom Notification


Topics from the third Parent Collaboration Committee (PCC), which was held at Northwest Center on April 15th, 2016.

  • Classroom Environment
  • Preventative Measures
  • Diagnosis and Notification of Communicable Ailments/Diseases
  • Sanitizer vs. Cleaner
  • Cleanliness
  • Sunscreen
  • Birthday Celebrations


Topics from the second Parent Collaboration Committee (PCC), which was held at Fremont Center on March 15th, 2016.

  • ChildRoots Employee Departures & Promisory Notes
  • Increased Parent Participation in the Classroom
  • How to Keep Updated on Student Enrollments & Departures


Emergency preparedness kits are en route and will be arriving early next week. ChildRoots staff are scheduled to receive comprehensive training throughout the following month. Will Overstreet, Facilities Director, and Beverly Ajie, Program Director, will be providing this training.

Our very nearly complete and comprehensive Crisis/Disaster Response Handbook is also available on the Forms & Handouts page of our website (password: childrootspdx). Please be aware that it is an evolving document and the most up-to-date version will always be available here.  


Topics from the first Parent Collaboration Committee (PCC), which was held at Southeast Center on February 15, 2016:

  • Purpose of the PCC
  • Communication Strategies New & Old
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Annex Sites Closing
  • Tuition Increase
  • Food and Snacks
  • Emergent Curriculum
  • No Babysitting Policy


We would like to reintroduce the Parent Collabora-tion Committee or as we have come to call it, the PCC to our ChildRoots families. When ChildRoots opened 9 years ago, we offered the PCC as a way to connect the owners with the classroom parents on a consistent basis. Now that our school has grown into 7 separate entities and 27 classrooms, its seems that restarting the PCC would also help each site connect with each other to share concerns and questions about our programs.