Infants

Learning with Love

Infant Care (6 weeks to 17 months)

TELC is an extension of your home, and we want the very best for your littlest ones. Guided by family input, infants are encouraged to eat, sleep, and play on demand. Breast milk or formula provided by parents keeps each tummy happy, and children are comforted with a blanket brought from home so that the environment always feels familiar and safe. The clean play area gives children a variety of textures, sounds, and sights to explore, and ample floor space allows for gross motor development. Comfort is the key ingredient in our infant rooms, and our staff enjoy rocking children and engaging them in play.

Toddlers

Learning through play

Toddler Care (18 months to 35 months)

Children are naturally curious, and Toddlers/Twos at TELC learn by doing. Using all five senses allows children to participate in firsthand experiences to become confident, competent learners. Playing at a variety of learning centers within the classroom provides opportunity for young children to learn at their own level of interest and skills. Playing “pretend,” learning games, hands-on activities — these are just a few of the ways we keep kids engaged. Since learning how to relate to others is important, we do large and small group activities every day including a character development group that might emphasize sharing, loving others, or helping at home.

Preschool

Learning by doing

Preschool and Jr. Kindergarten (3-5 years)

An exciting world is opened to a young child when given opportunities to explore, feel independent, and ask questions. Children in preschool and pre-kindergarten are encouraged to try new things every day in the classroom: use creativity to put on a play in the dramatic play corner, exercise their muscles in a game of catch with a classmate, or make up stories in the writing center using a combination of words and hand drawn pictures. Groups focus on developing the four aspects of literacy- reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and the manipulative shelves hold boxes of trinkets and treasures to use for counting, sorting, and playing “make-believe.” Character development is part of everyday at TELC. Using play, stories, and activities children learn important skills for making friends and school readiness.

Before & After School

Time at home is about family. Let your kids finish homework and have time with friends while you are still at work.

School hours don’t always match your work schedule, and TELC kids need a safe place to study quietly before the big test, eat a hearty snack, and hang out with new friends. When children aren’t at school, they can sit at a café table to play a board game, dress up in the dramatic play corner, relax with a monitored computer game, get help with homework, or settle into a lounge chair to read a story.

Transportation is not provided to other elementary schools at this time.

School children from all schools are welcomed to Day Camps during summer and school breaks when school is not open. Children enjoy a day of planned art, drama or science, field trips, with portions of the day left open for unstructured play with friends.

K-8 Camps

coming soon!

Drop-In Care

Drop in Child Care (6 weeks to 12 years)

Just imagine how much faster your errands could be completed without buckling your child in and out of his car seat a dozen times. Or a friend just called to see if you’re free for a walk on the waterfront on this rarely sunny day. Maybe your stellar plan for orchestrating your mother in law, sister’s neighbor, and the teenager at church to watch your kids just didn’t work out. Regardless of your reasons, TELCl is available to help out.

Once your child is enrolled at TELC, just email or call one to two days before you need care, and if space is available, our teachers will welcome your child into our classrooms. All at your convenience, and all just at the time you need it. Trinity is about families, and that means being available for all ages at flexible times that work for your family.

$10 per hour, available as space allows. 2 hour minimum session. Email or call in advance to ask about availability. Space is not guaranteed.

You must pre-register at least 1 business day in advance and pre-pay a minimum of 10 hours to start.

Once you are pre-registered, this is the procedure to request drop in care:

  • Email your request to TELC@trinityportland.org  2-48 hours before you want drop in care. For Monday drop in care, you’ll want to email your request on Friday.

  • When emailing, please make the subject line “Drop in Care: Your Child’s Name & Date You Want Care.” Not having this subject line won’t disqualify you from being considered, but it really does help us sort our email inbox more quickly. In the email body, tell us the hours you need.

  • We will reply by email as soon as possible to let you know if we have space or if we’re full at the hours you requested.