Get Relief: Drop-In, Flexible Childcare You’ll Love

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The new year is underway and things are about to get busy. With resolutions made and and a new year to get off to a positive start, you could likely use a little help with the kiddos. Luckily there are plenty of places offering drop-in care. That’s right, child care that works around your schedule. Read on for the top flexible child care options on our list.

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This popular flexible childcare spot takes in kids in the morning, for an afternoon or an evening. It accepts kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Parents with infants will love the beautifully and specially designed rooms that provide safe and stimulating programs for your little one. The play-based preschool curriculum is a win with local families looking to get their kiddos ready for Kindergarten. WeVillage will even offer up specially themed nights so you can drop the kids off on a Friday or Saturday night for a date night. There's an über convenient online reservation form on their website, making their service even more simple to use.

Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years

Locations: There is a Pearl location and a NE Portland
Cost: Prices vary according to age and schedule. Hourly cost ranges from $14/hr to $19/hr

Peak Academy
Located in Lake Oswego, this awesome flexible daycare option offers a variety of licensed, academic early childhood programs for children ages 1 to 12 years-old. The options are flexible and provide quality educational experiences while being taught by trained professionals in an enriching environment. Parents can choose from school readiness programs, no-school day camps, and drop and go care. There's even care on Saturdays!

Ages: 1-12 years

Location: 464 First St., Lake Oswego
Cost: $16/$14 per hour for non-members or $14/$12 per hour for members

Grandma’s Place
If you need flexible, part-time childcare on the east side or in North Portland, this favorite childcare spot has three centers to choose from. The staff is heavy on teaching language skills, including baby sign language and Spanish language programming for bigger kids. They also offer interest centers for children including math, science, imaginative play and reading.

Ages: Newborn-12 years

Clark Family Center
2740 SE Powell Blvd.

Clark Family Annex
2706 SE Powell Blvd.

Rose Quarter
1730 N Flint St.
Cost: Call for pricing


Baerly Big Drop In Day Care
Serving the west side, near Washington Square Mall, this drop-in center offers late night options for parents and construction toys, dress up duds and sometimes field trips for munchkins. Parents like the individual care given to each child, and the array of activities available for all ages and the flexible hours. Reservations are not required, but they are strongly recommended.

Ages: 2 ½ to 12

9225 SW Hall Blvd. Ste. B
Cost: Call for options

Little Vikings
Students, staff and faculty at PSU can leave little ones at this weekday drop-in center that's right on campus. They offer walk-in, reserved or occasional care for up to 5 hours a day, 20 hours per week. Ask about their activity kits for parents to check out to keep their little ones busy during meetings or study sessions.

Ages: 6 weeks - 12 years

1136 SW Montgomery St., Ste. 101
Cost: Students start at $8/hour. Note: Student Rates are subsidized by the Student Incidental Fee and thus students receive a reduced rate. In order to qualify for the student rate, students must be enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate or 5 graduate credits.

— Annette Benedetti

featured image: Fernando Marchal via flickr


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