Escuela Viva is a year round program, with children new to our program typically starting in September. Maximum enrollment for each classroom is determined by licensing guidelines for the particular age group and room size.
We are always accepting waitlist applications. From October through March, we focus on filling our classrooms for the coming fall, though anyone is welcome to join the waitlist at any time on the off chance we have a mid-year opening. Your waitlist application is valid until your child is placed, ages out or you asked to be removed.
Escuela Viva is an Emergency Childcare Provider
At this time, Escuela Viva is accepting waitlist applications and actively enrolling. If you would like to reserve a spot for the next school year, please join our waitlist: pdxwaitlist.com
You will receive an auto-response email from our waitlist program.
Once we have an available spot for your child, you will receive an email/phone call.
If you have decided to reserve the spot for your child, we will ask for a non-refundable last month’s deposit. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The deposit goes towards your last month with Escuela Viva when 2 months advance notice is given.
Once the deposit is turned in, we will send you a Welcome email with information about playdates (two 2-hour visits with a parent/guardian), start date and your child’s schedule.
Watch Our Virtual Tours
Due to high demand and a robust waitlist, we are not offering tours unless we are able to offer your family a spot in our program. We do send updates to our waitlist several times a month to keep you updated. Additionally, the childcare industry, in general, is struggling with hiring. We are currently putting enrollment on hold while we focus on staff retention and hiring. We appreciate your understanding.
Check Out Our Introductory Video
Living Wages Campaign
Beginning in 2016, we began increasing staff wages, with the goal of $15.00 an hour as our minimum wage.
Beginning 2015-2016 we raised tuition 8% annually over a three year period to achieve this very necessary goal of providing living wages to our staff. In turn we achieved this goal January 2018. Our typical tuition increases are 5% a year. With staff wages beginning at $15 an hour, we have lowered our annual increase to 2% for the 2019-2020 school year.
Our tuition has traditionally been lower than the rates found at schools offering a comparable level of education, quality care, food and nutrition, awareness and environment. We have found that these three years of increases will put our tuition rates at a level comparable to similar preschools in the Portland area. For more information on our living wages campaign, please read the Living Wages Blog Post.
As an emergency childcare provider, all of our staff are making a minimum of $20 an hour. Our hope is to continue to pay at this rate beyond the pandemic.