Childcare & Education

Our TiE Young Entrepreneurs Summer Camp is back this year by popular demand. Thanks to PPS grant funding this program will be free for students who qualify for free/reduced fee lunch. Please see details below:
July 18-22
August 1-5
Time: 8 am – 12 pm (Breakfast and Lunch will be served!)
Location: McDaniel High School
Description: The “Start Your Startup Summer Camp” will challenge and empower students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, business, and community leaders. During this week-long camp, students will be guided into an entrepreneurial mindset of solving problems through invention. By the end of the week, students will have identified a problem, come up with a viable solution, prototyped their product, and will pitch their invention and business to their peers.
For further details, feel free to reply to this email or contact our Program Manager Nicole Marris at [email protected]
Any interested students may also visit the TiE Start Your Startup Summer Camp website at this link for more information – Start Your Startup Summer Camp – TiE Oregon

Nicholas Kalendr

Student at the University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI | Class of 2025
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11321 S Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219, USA

Friends of Tryon Creek is a community supported non-profiting connecting kids to nature since 1970 at Tryon Creek State Natural Area in SW Portland.  Tryon Forest Adventures – an active full day outdoor camp experience for ages 7 to 12. Taking place in spring and summer. Youth explore life in the forest by working together to examine the ecology and people that create an interdependent urban park. They interact on a social level to enhance friendship building and learn diverse perspectives. Each day incorporates classic Tryon Creek activities like hiking, nature observation, and fort building, in addition too culturally inclusive stories and art projects.


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10600 Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, Milwaukie, OR, USA

The Milwaukie School of Guitar is a private music school in Milwaukie, Oregon offering private instruction in Guitar and Ukulele to students ages 5 through adult. Lessons are fun, engaging, and low-pressure.  Centrally located on SE McLoughlin Blvd (Hwy 99) near Sellwood, the school is easily accessible for families located in Southeast Portland, Happy Valley, Oak Grove, and of course Milwaukie.

Lessons are offered both in-person as well as online, and are scheduled weekly with a month-to-month commitment. The Milwaukie School of Guitar is actively growing, adding new staff, services, and instruments. For the most up-t0-date information, visit

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13203 Southeast 172nd Avenue, Happy Valley, OR, USA

Originating with virtual-programming in Fall 2020, Imagine Theatre offers intentional programming for students ages 7-18 in the areas of dance, voice, acting, comedy, musical theatre and technical theater. Students explore these themes through our educational offerings (classes, workshops, camps, etc.) and performance opportunities (Mainstage offerings, and education rooted performance opportunities.)

Education – Classes, Camps, & Leadership

– Classes –

For students 7-18, Imagine offers educational programming on a quarterly basis. During our Fall, Winter, & Spring terms, students can register for classes based in the the themes of dance, voice/music, acting, musical theatre, comedy, and technical theatre. Classes are an intentional place for students to grow deep in what they love. Our three core classes (Voice Core, Dance Core, and Acting Core) are the root of all other classes. Most of the other classes offered require one or more the Core classes having been already taken.

– Camps  –

For students 7-18, Imagine offers a wide variety of summer programming that includes Camps, Intensives, and Workshops. Imagine camps are one of the best ways to first engage with the programming, as they are packed with tons of fun, learning, performances, and skilled teachers. With week-long, two-week, and evening-only offerings, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

– Artists Committed to Serve (ACTS)  –

For High school students, Imagine Theatre offers an intentional leadership program (ACTS) that empowers and guides student leaders in creating a strong community amongst all Imagine students and creating ways to meaningfully engage with the larger community around us. The ACTS team does all of this while engaging in learning about what it means to be good leaders through learning about communication styles, leadership styles, ethical leadership, community-development, organizational strategies, marketing, communications, and more.

– Teaching Artists  –

Our educational offerings are taught by skilled and experienced Teaching Artists. Many of the Imagine Theatre Teaching Artists work in the theatre/art/music field, are professional artists, and/or hold relevant degrees/certificates in theatre, education, music, etc.

Performance – Mainstage, The Studio

Imagine Theatre offers unique and meaningful performance opportunities through our Mainstage & The Studio programs.

– Mainstage –

Imagine Theatre’s Mainstage program offers a stage experience for larger shows and performers of any level.

– The Studio –

Imagine Theatre’s The Studio program is an intentional performance based-learning program that offers unique projects for students seeking ways to experiment, grow, and learn as artists.

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9320 Southwest Barbur Boulevard #200, Portland, OR, USA
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Online one-on-one tutoring for Oregon K-12 students. Whether your student needs support completing homework or a more tailored learning approach, I come alongside your student to provide the guidance and encouragement they need to succeed.

One-time sessions are available for students who may be studying for a test or writing a paper and only need occasional help.

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16305 Northwest Bethany Court, Beaverton, OR, USA

OGA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and motivate character, fitness, and health in the lives of our athletes, employees, and community through the sport of gymnastics. OGA provides a top quality gymnastics education to children of all ages and abilities. We strive to develop high caliber athletes with strong character who are able to be successful and progress in the sport to the highest level they desire. Through the sport of gymnastics, OGA teaches life lessons and skills our athletes will take with them and utilize to have a positive impact on the world. 

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1235 Southwest 16th Avenue, Portland, OR, USA

North Avenue is a Portland-based tutoring company specializing in test preparation, study skills coaching, and academic tutoring. We believe every student can be prepared for a vibrant future.

A holistic approach to pedagogy guides our team of accomplished tutors and intuitive support staff to ensure an exceptional experience for every student. Our rigorous programs and proven methods empower students to take charge of their learning, cultivating curiosity and a yearning for knowledge that will last a lifetime.

Our offerings include:

  • SAT, PSAT, and ACT prep
  • AP/IB tutoring
  • Math and science enrichment
  • Small-group classes and workshops
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19299 Southwest Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR, USA

Brain Balance achievement centers in Portland and Tualatin Oregon. We help your child who may be struggling with academic, behavioral, social challenges in Portland. Our holistic program helps kids who may be diagnosed with ADHD, Sensory challenges, autism and impulse control issues find success without the use of drugs. Schedule an assessment today in Portland or Tualatin at one of our Brain Balance centers. Your child may have auditory or visual processing delays that may be impeding his or her development. We can help you figure out why they are struggling.

2037 North Williams Avenue, Portland, OR, USA

We are your brand new family hangout! We have activities that range from live music, dance, cooking classes, amazing meals, yoga, fitness, art, music and so much more.

7076 North Wilbur Avenue, Portland, OR, USA

Olive Branch School Montessori

Creating an environment that appreciates and nourishes the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. Providing opportunities to build the ability to act independently and make decisions without adult dependency. “We must begin our work by preparing the child for the forms of social life, and we must attract his attention to these forms” (The Montessori Method, p121), helping children becoming life long learners and compassionate innovators rooted in respect, responsibility and resourcefulness.  Full licensed facility, accredited and trained Montessori guides, 8:1 ratio, 16 child maximum.  A small, responsive class size that helps each child develop to their full potential

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5605 Northeast Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR, USA

The Rock Dojo is an award-winning guitar program based in Portland, OR. Our after-school programs are designed to teach kids the transferable skills they need to be successful on the guitar or in the classroom. Based on a rewarding belt system, students begin at the white belt level progressing through five stages of skill and achievement. At each stage of their musical education, students master the skills necessary to play, perform, and compose with confidence.

Learn more at

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Nanno connects parents with quality, curated care and unique experiences for kids. Book a great caregiver whenever (and wherever) you need one. All sitters are fully vetted.

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15110 Southwest Boones Ferry Road, Suite #230, Lake Oswego, OR, USA

Fit Learning is a network of affiliated private learning laboratories and our noble cause is to transform the way education works on the planet.  At Fit we bring the scientific method to the educational process at the individual level.  Each student enrolled in Fit Learning is his or her own case study and receives 1:1 instruction with fully individualized curriculum.  Globally, the Fit Learning Model produces a year or more of academic growth in about 40 hours.  We work with all sorts of students and our mission is to transform the learning abilities of all children who walk through our doors such that they achieve greatness in their communities and beyond.

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14654 Southeast Sunnyside Road, Happy Valley, OR, USA
Portland’s Largest Private Music School
Happy Valley Arts Academy is a family oriented music school located in the heart of Happy Valley,
​teaching music lessons to all ages and levels.
Are we the right music school ​for you?
While you are here researching the best school for you, please consider the benefits of becoming an Academy student and find out why we are
Portland’s number one choice for music lessons.
13 benefits of becoming a Happy Valley Arts Academy student: 
​1. Piano, Guitar, Drums, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, & Ukulele 
All in ONE convenient location!

This saves our students time and money, as one family can take multiple instruments on the same day. Other studios offer multiple instruments, but we are the only one to offer all of the most popular instruments in a high quality, convenient environment.
We welcome all beginners and all levels–no matter what your age! Adults – click here for more info
2. The largest and most qualified teaching faculty in Happy Valley. 
We have an amazing team of music teachersall with either college training or professional performance experience. Our music teachers are dedicated to learning about your personal musical goals and helping you to achieve them. With fully committed, educated and inspiring teachers, we are confident that we have the right teacher to meet your music lesson needs. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and dedicated to teaching you the style of music that you want to learn in your music lesson. 
3. The widest range of music lesson times available seven days a week!
We are the only music school in Happy Valley that offers music lessons seven days a week from early in the morning to late at night to accommodate your busy schedule.

Monday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

4. A proven track record of excellence since 2008.
Visit our testimonial page to see what our students are saying. Every year, aspiring music teachers start their own studio, and a year or two later it’s closed. Happy Valley Arts Academy has a proven track record of offering quality music, guitar, voice, singing, piano and drum lessons in Happy Valley year round. Our full time mission is teaching music lessons trusted by over 1000 families for over 8 years
5. A comfortable parent’s waiting area for our clients.
Tired of waiting in your car for children’s classes to finish? Parents have the option of waiting for their children’s lesson in our comfortable waiting area. Or if you prefer you can sit in on their lesson anytime you like.
6. The most technologically advanced and beautifully designed music lesson rooms in Happy Valley!
Our rooms are stocked with everything you need for music lessons, including amps, stereos, full electronic drum kits with snares, keyboards, pianos and more. All you need to bring is your instrument. We have spent thousands of dollars on our studio to offer soundproofing and large observation windows.

Technology is also a big part of lessons at the Happy Valley Arts Academy and we have installed LED monitors in every classroom at the school.  The monitors have cables that can attach to iPods, iPads, or laptops. This allows students to have a modern and engaging lesson using music teaching apps, music software, Skype, and more. Feel free to “Bring Your Own Device” to your lesson in addition to your instrument! No other school in Portland offers this technology.
One of the things that has really set us apart is our focus on providing lessons that are fresh, new, and engaging.  There are so many great teaching apps out there now that we felt we had to update our teaching rooms with LED monitors.  By doing so, our students have never run the risk of being bored by their lessons.  It’s a challenge to engage children or adults, but by integrating technology such as teaching apps from the iTunes store, GarageBand, ProTools, you name it, we’re providing a cutting edge lesson experience in the Happy Valley area.

7. Free music recitals every 6 months in a local convenient location!
Every parent just wants to know how their child is doing and if they are really progressing. The best way for a parent to understand if their investment in lessons is really worth it, is to have their child participate in a recital.

In June and December many of our students choose to perform in our biannual recitals. For our students these recitals are free and unlike many schools in Portland we do not charge recital participation or admission fees.

8. Professional office staff to serve you.
We strive to bring you the best customer service possible, 7 days a week. We are continually adding hours to ensure that our staff is able to assist you when you call or come to the studio! Excellent customer service is what sets us apart!
9. Trophies, certificates and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.
We are the only music school in Portland that gives their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies and certificates for passing musical tests. Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.

More importantly, when our students have a test coming up, they practice more, their parents are proud, their teachers are proud, and everybody wins. You can only get the Musical Ladder here. We also specialize in music lessons for adults. We don’t think learning music should be boring–it should be fun!

10. Early morning and lunch time lessons for homeschoolers, retirees, college students and working professionals.
Since we are the largest music school in Happy Valley, we are able to be a ‘full service’ music school. This allows us to offer lessons as early as 9 a.m. and we see many students between the hours of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you are a homeschool parent, retiree, college student or working professional who has a flexible schedule, take advantage of our early morning and lunch time lesson spots.
11. Conveniently located right on Sunnyside Road
Due to its central location, our school is convenient to all areas of Happy Valley. Close to our school, you will find great shopping (Near the Happy Valley Library)
12. Month to month lessons.
The academy does not require semester minimums for lessons. Every student here is on a month-to-month basis.
13. Picture Day! We are the only music school in Happy Valley that offers a picture day for their students.
Every six months, we host a free picture day with a professional photographer. We want to celebrate your music and share that memory through pictures. Examples pictured on this page! Adults are welcome too! Students can bring their instruments to the photo shoot and wear whatever they like.
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