Healthy Starts Children’s Center at OHSU is passionate about the learning process of young children. Our center was created to help your children explore, learn and grow. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we excel at preparing children for school success. At Healthy Starts Children's Center we have a room fully devoted to art that focuses on the artistic process. The building is equipped with an indoor playground as well as an outdoor playground, so children can play outdoors year round. Children have access to an interactive smart board as well as computers in our Pre-Kindergarten program; using technology to explore concepts and build their math, language and science skills. Our Early Foundations approach is proprietary and play-based; guiding each child’s discovery of the world around them. We provide a stimulating and caring environment designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development as well as ensuring the health and safety of each child.
Heidi Hanson, Center Director
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Healthy Starts Children's Center at OHSU is dedicated to improving the Work-Life Balance of OHSU employees and students as well as families in our community. We have an open door policy so family members are welcome to stop by at any time throughout the day.
Infant Programs (6 weeks-1 year)
Toddler Programs (1-2 years)
Discovery Preschool Programs (2-3 years)
Preschool Programs (3-4 years)
Prekindergarten Programs (4-5 years)
Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Learning Adventures &
Phonics & Reading
Holidays Observed & Professional Development Days
We are closed on New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
We are very proud to say we are accredited through NAEYC! For more information about the NAEYC accreditation please visit, www.naeyc.org
The Eco-Healthy Child Care program assesses 30 critical care factors including biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products, non-toxic art supplies, PVC-free toys and more. To learn more go to: www.ecohealthychildcare.org
“All About Me” Community Social
Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social. Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season! Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers. Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms. This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social! See you there!
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I am incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you all. Healthy Starts has provided a fun and safe learning environment for Lily and, as a first time mom, I have truly appreciated your partnership in Lily’s care. I feel grateful to have had her so close to my work and that Healthy Starts has encouraged an open door policy so that I could take advantage of her close proximity and see her during the day.
It has been a joy to see the sweet connections Lily has developed with classmates, teachers, and faculty. Your friendly faces and positive attitudes have been a lovely way to start and end the workday.
Thank you again for a wonderful first year and all you have done to give Lily a “healthy start.”
- Lauren S., Parent
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