Mighty Oaks Preschool | Paper Pinecone
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Facility Type: 
Preschool
Special Needs
About the Program: 
Mighty Oaks Preschool is a licensed, non-profit, Montessori-inspired, Eco-Healthy certified, in-home preschool in the Grant Park / Hollywood neighborhood of Portland, OR. At Mighty Oaks we get our hands dirty in the garden, care for chickens, create art, engage in dramatic play, make music, practice yoga, explore, learn, laugh, and grow together. Founder, Brittany Smith – supported by four experienced board members – has cultivated a nurturing educational environment that fosters kindergarten readiness and independence while endeavoring to instill a lifelong love of learning and empathy through a foundation of play and discovery.
Toilet Independence Requirements: 
We are a diaper free facility and are happy to assist with toilet learning.
Philosophy and curricula: 
Academic
Anti-bias Curriculum
Creative Curriculum
Inquiry-Based
Montessori
Outdoor/Nature-based
Reggio Emilia
RIE
STEM/STEAM
Traditional
Offerings: 
Kindergarten
Other
Pre-K
School Year
Summer Program
Year-Round
Programs: 
Half Day AM
Schedule: 
2 days
3 days
4 days
Hours: 
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meals Included: 
Lunch
Snacks
Enrichment activities: 
Mighty Oaks is an Eco-Healthy Certified preschool in Grant Park that offers a play and discovery based curriculum in a warm, nurturing learning environment. At Mighty Oaks, children will engage in a student-interest led, play-based curriculum which encourages creativity, independence, and problem solving skills while incorporating academic skills. The curricular inspiration comes from a variety of constructivist theorists including Maria Montessori and John Dewey. We believe that children learn best by doing and experiencing life first-hand. At Mighty Oaks students have the opportunity to create art, engage in dramatic play, get dirty, get inspired, discover favorite books, explore, learn, laugh, and grow together. Children also have the opportunity to explore their natural environment on our nature walks, while digging in the organic garden beds, and while interacting with the school’s three chickens, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. Academic skills are incorporated into our play-based activities to promote kindergarten readiness. Mighty Oaks’ Director, Brittany Smith, is a licensed teacher with over a decade of experience working with young children, as well as a Masters in Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Baba Dioum said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” The more children learn about the delicate eco-system, of which we are all an integral part, the more enthusiastically they will advocate for protecting it for the future. That love of nature should begin locally, right in their own backyards and classrooms. At Mighty Oaks we spend a great deal of time exploring our outdoor environment. We dig in dirt, cultivate gardens, tend to chickens, search for bugs, peer through microscopes, and simply take in the beauty of nature around us using our senses. We look forward to the opportunity to nurture the seeds of ecological awareness in our students.
Rolling Admissions: 
Yes
Application Fee: 
$0.00
Staff/Child Ratio: 
1:6
Total Capacity: 
10
Sibling Discount: 
Yes
Schedules and Fees: 
Age RangeNo. of DaysTimeCost
2-5
4
9-12:30
$563/Monthly
2-5
2
9-12:30
$384/Monthly
Program Director: 
Brittany Smith
Public or Private: 
Public
Home-based or Center: 
Home-based
Childcare Subsidies Accepted: 
Yes

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