Tigard Learning Center is dedicated to providing each child the best possible beginning to an early and ongoing education, laying the foundation for the years to come. We have found that using a Montessori based program combined with a hands-on approach to Phonics, Math, and Writing leads to a more productive and enjoyable learning environment. We strongly believe that a child's experience at school should be positive and fun from the moment they walk through the door.

Birthdays are a special time for children. We encourage parent participation in classroom celebrations to share these special days with their children and classmates. Please keep in mind that due to State health requirements special snacks (cakes, cupcakes, etc) must be store bought.

Students bring their own lunch. Lunchtime is an important opportunity to teach the students about nutrition and manners. At lunch the students are encouraged to eat the nutritious portion of their lunch before they can have any chips, cookies, etc. The State requires lunches have at least some nutritional value. Candy should be left at home except for special occasions.

Refrigerators are provided for perishables, and microwaves are provided to warm up lunches. Please do not send frozen dinners or items that take longer than a minute to warm up.

A nutritious morning and afternoon snack with juice is provided. Milk is provided for lunch.

We also have disposable paper plates, forks, knives and spoons.

In case of a missing or forgotten lunch there will be a $4 charge added to replenish our emergency lunch supply.

Children (particularly the younger children) will miss their parents and occasionally cry upon arrival and departure. It is a natural occurrence and the crying will stop within a few minutes after the parent leaves. It is important that before the parent leaves to take a moment to reassure the child that they will return at a specific time. Concerned parents are encouraged to listen at the class door for a few minutes or call for an update.

Children tend to act up a bit at departures. This is normal since they are excited to see parents, upset about leaving and surrounded by more than one authority figure. All school rules remain the same until the children are out the door. We will continue to enforce the rules whether the parents are present or not.

Please do not allow your child to run out to your car while you are still inside. The safety rule is, "No one goes outside without their parent with them."

Our procedure is to release the child only to his/her parents or someone else that parent designates. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, please notify us ahead of time. A verbal notice is fine on that day if this person is on the list of people who are authorized to pick up your child. If the person is NOT on that list, we MUST have written permission to release your child. Please inform emergency contacts, or people designated to pick up your child, that if we do not know them, we will need to ask for photo identification. We do not mean to offend, this is simply a measure taken for your child's protection.

In the case of inclement weather we will usually follow the Tigard/Tualatin school district closure decision. However, especially in the case of ongoing inclement weather, we will evaluate conditions and make our own decision depending on safety concerns (slipping and falling in the parking lot, not able to drive out of the shopping center, power outages, etc.) and availability of staff since some staff members are not equipped for traveling in all conditions. Please call the school at 503-603-0593 for updated information on closures or shortened operating hours.

Naps for the full day children are decided on an individual basis since not all children require naps. Please notify your child's teacher if you want your child to nap. We supply a sleeping mat. A small blanket labeled with your child's name will need to be sent from home. Please remember to take the blanket home each week to be washed.

We will accommodate you and your child as much as possible to help them learn new skills and to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

We maintain an open door policy. This means parents are welcome to show up at any time, but keep in mind this may tend to put us off schedule.

Open lines of communication and parental involvement are essential to the well-being and development of each child. It is only through parent/provider interaction that the goal of quality, nurturing care can be achieved.

We welcome questions, feedback, or discussions of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the children. Sensitive issues will be discussed in private outside of regular school hours either by telephone or conference.

Progress reports will be issued at the end of January and June for preschoolers and kindergartens.

Conferences will not be scheduled as a routine part of your child's care. Should you like to have a conference you may request one at any time.

Children in our care will not be held back academically because they are not potty trained. We feel toilet training should not be forced and every child will eventually decide it is time to learn. When younger children see older children using the potties this encourages the younger ones to learn. The boys and girls bathrooms are equipped with diaper changing stations.

When your child shows readiness for toilet training, this will be done in a relaxed manner and in cooperation with you. We will follow through and encourage your child at set times on a regular basis while in our care. Please keep in mind that the activity level here can distract your child from an urge to use the potty more so than at home. Therefore, we will continue to use pull-ups until your child can announce that he/she must use the bathroom (not just at home, but here, also) and can control his/her bladder and bowels for a few minutes beyond that announcement.

During toilet training parents will need to supply:



Do not bring your child in panties or underwear until he/she has nap time and bedtime control established. We do ask that during toilet training, the child be dressed in "user friendly" clothing as much as possible. Try to avoid tight clothing, pants with snaps and zippers, and overalls. Elastic waist bands and simple fasteners on clothes make toilet training easier and children learn independence when they can use the toilet without too much assistance. Your child will want to help pull pants, etc up and down, plus clothing with too many "gadgets" makes it harder to get the child on the potty in time.

Soiled clothes will be returned in a plastic bag at the end of the day.

Oregon State law requires up to date individual health forms and immunization records to be kept on file. These must be completed at the time of enrollment.

According to Oregon State law the following illness symptoms will require your child to be kept at home.



Any medication requested to be given must be in the original store bough or pharmacist labeled container, accompanied by a signed, dated, written authorization by the parent.

Open 7:00AM - 6:00PM, Monday through Friday except on the following days: Labor Day, Veteran Day, Thanksgiving Day and the weekday immediately following: Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and the week in between: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

We offer part time and full time schedules for all age groups.

Active and happy children are a sign of a good school. Occasionally discipline problems do arise, and the following methods are utilized:

Children are never punished for lapses in toilet training or for accidents (spilled milk, for example). Instead, we will have the child help clean up if possible, not for punishment, but to help teach responsibility.