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Our Portland Locations

Southeast Program


In the heart of the central east side, this location is blocks from Buckman School. In operation in this location since 2010. Serving children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.

Kenton Program


Close in North Portland just off of N. Lombard, close to Kaiser Permanente on N. Interstate Ave and the Adidas campus. Our newest location, opening Fall 2019. We will serve children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.

Enrollment is offered in the summer and fall terms only.

Limited year-round enrollment.  As a cohort model, we focus on developing classroom communities that have an emphasis on relationships, active citizenship as well as the individual.   Due to this focus on the development of the classroom community as a cohort, mid-year enrollment is limited.

Our Health Practices


We provide morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack for our children.  We work to provide children with a healthy environment including the food that we serve.  With inclusion in mind, we have a wholesome, mostly organic-based menu that takes into account the various food allergens.  

We serve limited dairy and also offer fortified soy milk.  As much as we possibly can, we work to accommodate specific allergies and food needs within our own menu.  Though there may be instances when we will ask a family to provide a supplemental item for their child’s specific dietary need (i.e. gluten free bread, vegan cheese, etc).  


It is also part of our mission to make sure and serve foods with low sugar content, no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.  In addition, we are a nut free facility and may at times have other restrictions that are determined by the classroom community.

Physical Activity.

Our children are given opportunities to participate in outside activities each day, rain or shine. These activities include playing in our on-site play area, going to the park (where available), gardening, and going on nature walks. We also go on field trips as they relate to what we are learning in our classes.

When thinking about which classroom your child may be placed in please consider that child placement is not based solely upon age. Developmental factors are also taken into account.

Escuela Viva’s Commitment to Multicultural Anti-Bias Attitudes and Practices

Escuela Viva is a dual language school where we, as a family, teach, model and foster confidence, compassion, creative learning, healthy living, and community membership.  We all work together to create a supportive atmosphere of inclusion, growth, and mindfulness.

We at Escuela Viva aim to serve all children and families, and create a safe and comfortable place to understand and celebrate differences.  As a teaching community, we embrace diversity, encourage each others ability to confront and counteract bias, and provide resources and ongoing trainings that assist our early childhood professionals in working toward that end.  Diversity includes but is not limited to: race, ethnic background, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and differing physical conditions.

Escuela Viva will not tolerate, and will act swiftly to combat, any discriminatory statements or practices by or among staff, families, or those within our community.

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