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Creative Minds Learning Centers was founded in 1997 with the children's interests and parent's needs in mind due to an overwhelming demand for high quality child care programs offering media free and healthy environments.

Creative Minds currently operates six child development centers in the Portland metropolitan area. Please read our About Us page to learn more about our history and click on one of the school tabs (above) to find a location near you!

OPQ - Oregon Program of QualityCreative Minds Learning Centers have been designed to encourage children to explore their interests in a creative and artistic setting. Certified with the State of Oregon and members of NAEYC, OAEYC, Oregon Environmental Council and other Early Childhood organizations, CMLC schools provides a progressive and positive environment for children, staff and families. Creative Minds has also been selected as one of 25 Oregon Program of Quality schools and continues to be a leader in the Early Childhood Education field.

Portland Creative Arts PreschoolOur philosophy is to enrich children's lives with creative arts and accredited educational materials while developing self esteem, confidence and a sense of independence. While there are many approaches and "labels" for teaching young children, Creative Minds schools focuses on the basis of early childhood development being "trichotomized" into a trio of goals: (1) social/emotional development and (2) intellectual development and (3) the acquisition of meaningful and useful academic skills. Children are capable and willing to learn and naturally can begin to read at Pre-Kindergarten grade. It is our duty to guide the children during the day in a structured setting. The children depend on the security of a daily routine and come to school excited to see their friends and teachers.

CMLC Non-Toxic Childcare on Oregon MetroOur schedule incorporates a program where children can freely play and be independent while learning in their garden, whip up delicious cooking projects, create Reggio inspired art, music, dance, yoga, dressing up, imagination time, sensory skills and many other activities while teaching them an accredited High Reach and Star Fall Curriculum. Creative Minds Learning Centers are schools dedicated to providing the best learning environment for the social, emotional and academic development of all children. Each child's individual abilities interests are given free expression so that education is a natural development of their life.

Most of our teachers have Bachelor's or Master's degrees and receive more education and early childhood training than State requirements. Our teachers must hold a CPR, First Aid and Food Handler's card as well as receive at least 20 clock hours of continuing Early Childhood Education classes and successfully complete a background check. .

Our daily schedule offers flexible programs for our working families. You may enroll your child in one of the following programs we offer, which includes: Infant- Private Kindergarten. Our schedule features a morning and afternoon Art Program, weekly Cooking Classes, Gardening and Science, Music, Dance (Creative Outlets 4Kids), Yoga, Foreign Language Classes (Sign Language and Spanish), and much more. We provide healthy meals and snacks and organic dairy prepared fresh in our kitchens. Our facilities are smaller to offer more one on one with children in beautiful classroom settings. Outside time is spent in our garden areas or playing parachute games in the sunshine in a fenced, secure play area.

"We believe in giving each family the individual and excellent care needed in growing a successful child and we look forward to building a future with your family."
~Jacqueline McKinster, founder & Executive Director

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Creative Minds hours of operation are: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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