Cedar Hills Kindergarten & Preschool

★★★★★
  • 11695 SW Park Way

    Portland, OR 97225

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  • 503-643-9010

About Cedar Hills Kindergarten & Preschool

Hours
8:30 - 3:30

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We are continually impressed with the devotion, resourcefulness, patience and creativity of the teachers and parents at Cedar Hills Kindergarten and Preschool. Our daughter has blossomed at the school. We know she will building on a strong foundation as she moves through the years of education ahead. Our family has also benefited from the wisdom of experienced teachers and committed peers. I'd encourage anyone interested in the school to look into it. It's a special place!

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We are continually impressed with the devotion, resourcefulness, patience and creativity of the teachers and parents at Cedar Hills Kindergarten and Preschool. Our daughter has blossomed at the school. We know she will building on a strong foundation as she moves through the years of education ahead. Our family has also benefited from the wisdom of experienced teachers and committed peers. I'd encourage anyone interested in the school to look into it. It's a special place!

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A father's perspective: I LOVE this school.

First, I should tell you, I am a logic-driven, relatively stoic, engineer/computer geek and not a particularly touchy-feely kind of person. While I have always had an active role in parenting my two small children, my wife and I generally follow the classic gender roles ?? my wife is the primary care giver and I am the go-to disciplinarian. Given this context?

I am now a total convert to the parent-teacher cooperative learning philosophy. While my wife does most of the parent teaching, I genuinely look forward to the opportunities that I get to do so. I love being able to see my children interacting with other children, with the teacher, and with the other parent teachers, seeing a whole different aspect of my children??s personalities. I love being an active participant in all of the children's learning (and being at such a young age, their enthusiasm and wonderment is so refreshing). I love knowing that by being a part of a cooperative, I am part of that proverbial village that helps raise these well-balanced, wonderful children. I love that we have met families that I can see being a part of our lives for years, even decades, in to the future. It isn??t just my children who may have made lifelong friends here.

A big surprise for me was that I never expected that I would develop an emotional connection to my children's preschool, but I definitely have. That connection has been built by spending time getting to know the other children in the school, by getting to know the other parents through parent teaching and through the community-building activities at the school, and by getting to know the teachers.

The teachers: when we entered the school with our 3 year old, we were amazed by Lora, the 3s teacher. She was warm and friendly and went out of her way to ensure my daughter was comfortable in her first experience with school. Lora gets down at their eye level and speaks to them in that soft yet firm voice, with such patience (ohhh, the patience!), and she sings and plays the banjo... it was just amazing. For my daughter, it was such an important first impression of school and my daughter was hooked!

The next year, we moved up to 4s with Linda. Veteran parents assured us that we were going to be really impressed, but I was skeptical after our experience with Lora ?? how much better could it get? But they were right. Since the kids were a year older and more developmentally advanced, Linda added more organization and structure to their day. Linda was still kind and gentle, but she raised the bar, making it clear that she expects age-appropriate behaviors from the children. It was in the 4s where we really started using the conflict resolution process we had been taught (more on that below). It was also in the 4s where I realized my little baby wasn't a baby anymore, and Linda was instrumental in helping my daughter with that progression. I loved it and hated it at the same time.

This year, Lora and Linda both moved up a "grade" and Katrina started as the 3s teacher, just in time for my son to start in her class. Katrina brought a whole new dimension to the school. Katrina's enthusiasm and energy are off the charts. Her ability to make each child feel like they are her favorite student and that they are the whole reason she is on this planet - I struggle for words to describe it. While I learned so much about HOW to be a better parent from Lora and Linda, by her example, Katrina inspired me to WANT to be a better parent.

I must mention how the school has changed me. Besides being inspired, I have learned SO MUCH. One of the key concepts taught at the school is constructive conflict resolution. While it takes some practice to really internalize them, the simple steps are so powerful and effective, it seems like something they should hand parents at the hospital when their children are born. The diversity to which we have been exposed, from different cultures to socio-economic backgrounds to differing (dis)abilities, makes us all more understanding and tolerant of others. I have learned about other child-rearing styles; my wife and I have both taken bits of this and bits of that from the other parents and no doubt our children will be the better for it. Perhaps most importantly, I have learned about the value of play-based education for young children. Learning should be fun, and at Cedar Hills Kindergarten and Preschool, it IS.

The last thing I want to say is how, three years ago when we were picking a preschool for our children, I basically told my wife: ??Just pick something relatively inexpensive. They are all probably about the same.? I could not have been more wrong. I would send my children here even if the price was doubled. If what you are looking for is a drop-and-go ??daycare?, this is not the best place for you. But if what I describe above speaks to you, then I encourage you to consider CHKP. My family and I are so thankful we did.

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★★★★★

A father's perspective: I LOVE this school.

First, I should tell you, I am a logic-driven, relatively stoic, engineer/computer geek and not a particularly touchy-feely kind of person. While I have always had an active role in parenting my two small children, my wife and I generally follow the classic gender roles ?? my wife is the primary care giver and I am the go-to disciplinarian. Given this context?

I am now a total convert to the parent-teacher cooperative learning philosophy. While my wife does most of the parent teaching, I genuinely look forward to the opportunities that I get to do so. I love being able to see my children interacting with other children, with the teacher, and with the other parent teachers, seeing a whole different aspect of my children??s personalities. I love being an active participant in all of the children's learning (and being at such a young age, their enthusiasm and wonderment is so refreshing). I love knowing that by being a part of a cooperative, I am part of that proverbial village that helps raise these well-balanced, wonderful children. I love that we have met families that I can see being a part of our lives for years, even decades, in to the future. It isn??t just my children who may have made lifelong friends here.

A big surprise for me was that I never expected that I would develop an emotional connection to my children's preschool, but I definitely have. That connection has been built by spending time getting to know the other children in the school, by getting to know the other parents through parent teaching and through the community-building activities at the school, and by getting to know the teachers.

The teachers: when we entered the school with our 3 year old, we were amazed by Lora, the 3s teacher. She was warm and friendly and went out of her way to ensure my daughter was comfortable in her first experience with school. Lora gets down at their eye level and speaks to them in that soft yet firm voice, with such patience (ohhh, the patience!), and she sings and plays the banjo... it was just amazing. For my daughter, it was such an important first impression of school and my daughter was hooked!

The next year, we moved up to 4s with Linda. Veteran parents assured us that we were going to be really impressed, but I was skeptical after our experience with Lora ?? how much better could it get? But they were right. Since the kids were a year older and more developmentally advanced, Linda added more organization and structure to their day. Linda was still kind and gentle, but she raised the bar, making it clear that she expects age-appropriate behaviors from the children. It was in the 4s where we really started using the conflict resolution process we had been taught (more on that below). It was also in the 4s where I realized my little baby wasn't a baby anymore, and Linda was instrumental in helping my daughter with that progression. I loved it and hated it at the same time.

This year, Lora and Linda both moved up a "grade" and Katrina started as the 3s teacher, just in time for my son to start in her class. Katrina brought a whole new dimension to the school. Katrina's enthusiasm and energy are off the charts. Her ability to make each child feel like they are her favorite student and that they are the whole reason she is on this planet - I struggle for words to describe it. While I learned so much about HOW to be a better parent from Lora and Linda, by her example, Katrina inspired me to WANT to be a better parent.

I must mention how the school has changed me. Besides being inspired, I have learned SO MUCH. One of the key concepts taught at the school is constructive conflict resolution. While it takes some practice to really internalize them, the simple steps are so powerful and effective, it seems like something they should hand parents at the hospital when their children are born. The diversity to which we have been exposed, from different cultures to socio-economic backgrounds to differing (dis)abilities, makes us all more understanding and tolerant of others. I have learned about other child-rearing styles; my wife and I have both taken bits of this and bits of that from the other parents and no doubt our children will be the better for it. Perhaps most importantly, I have learned about the value of play-based education for young children. Learning should be fun, and at Cedar Hills Kindergarten and Preschool, it IS.

The last thing I want to say is how, three years ago when we were picking a preschool for our children, I basically told my wife: ??Just pick something relatively inexpensive. They are all probably about the same.? I could not have been more wrong. I would send my children here even if the price was doubled. If what you are looking for is a drop-and-go ??daycare?, this is not the best place for you. But if what I describe above speaks to you, then I encourage you to consider CHKP. My family and I are so thankful we did.

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A father's perspective: I LOVE this school. \r
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First, I should tell you, I am a logic-driven, relatively stoic, engineer/computer geek and not a particularly touchy-feely kind of person. Given this context\r
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I am now a total convert

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A father's perspective: I LOVE this school. \r
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First, I should tell you, I am a logic-driven, relatively stoic, engineer/computer geek and not a particularly touchy-feely kind of person. Given this context\r
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I am now a total convert

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Our family has very much enjoyed our time at this school. The teachers are well qualified, enthusiastic, and seem to enjoy what they do. I feel that the chance to spend time with my children in the classroom is a valuable experience that I will not regret. I love being a part of this schools community, and have met many other wonderful families that I enjoy running into around town.

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Our family has very much enjoyed our time at this school. The teachers are well qualified, enthusiastic, and seem to enjoy what they do. I feel that the chance to spend time with my children in the classroom is a valuable experience that I will not regret. I love being a part of this schools community, and have met many other wonderful families that I enjoy running into around town.

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For Parents that want to be involved in their child's early educational experience this is an excellent school. The parents are asked to participate in class as parent teachers, working with the teacher so the ratio never exceeds 1:4! The school was started by parents in the local community over 50 years ago, and has stayed true to its cooperative roots. In doing so it attracts caring, supportive and involved families, that are driven to create the best early childhood learning environment and experience for their own children.

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For Parents that want to be involved in their child's early educational experience this is an excellent school. The parents are asked to participate in class as parent teachers, working with the teacher so the ratio never exceeds 1:4! The school was started by parents in the local community over 50 years ago, and has stayed true to its cooperative roots. In doing so it attracts caring, supportive and involved families, that are driven to create the best early childhood learning environment and experience for their own children.

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Amazing school that really focuses on social skills through play based education. My son and daughter went through the 3s, 4s and Kindergarten program. They were well prepared for our local public school and did better than many kids because they had problem solving and conflict skills firmly in place. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great school at a low tuition rate.

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Amazing school that really focuses on social skills through play based education. My son and daughter went through the 3s, 4s and Kindergarten program. They were well prepared for our local public school and did better than many kids because they had problem solving and conflict skills firmly in place. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great school at a low tuition rate.

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