For those moments when your sitter cancels or you’ve got a last-minute meeting try flexible, drop-in childcare near Portland

Life is busier than ever with more parents working from home. While it’s nice to have the kids in the house, sometimes you need a little peace and quiet so you can get work done, whatever that may be. Luckily there are plenty of places offering drop-in childcare near Portland that’s both flexible and affordable. Childcare that works around your schedule and is available when you’re in a pinch? We couldn’t think of a more useful tool for busy Portland parents.


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. There's an über convenient online reservation form on their website, making their service even more simple to use.

Ages: 6 weeks-12 years

1901 N.E. Broadway

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 S.E. Powell Blvd.

Clark Family Annex
2706 S.E. Powell Blvd.

Rose Quarter
1730 N. Flint St.

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 S.W. Montgomery St., Ste. 101

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 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.

Ages: 1-12 years

464 First St.
Lake Oswego, OR

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 ½-12 years

9225 S.W. Hall Blvd., Suite. B
Tigard, OR

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