The Children’s Center (TCC) is located at 721 Stevens Avenue, across the street from the UNE campus. The building is a Victorian house that has been converted into a unique and welcoming space for children. There are six classrooms, each with distinct features, but sharing common elements such as an abundance of natural light, and materials and furnishings that provide a cozy, home-like atmosphere. Documentation of children’s work is displayed throughout the building, showcasing the daily experiences of life at The Children’s Center.
The Children’s Center has a natural outdoor play space unlike any other in the city of Portland. The exceptionally large yard has bridges, swings, wood cookie mazes, several sand boxes and other areas for digging, hills for climbing and sledding, raised bed gardens, a dramatic play stage, trike paths, and a magical tree house. The many trees, perennials and quiet nooks and crannies throughout the yard support both active and quiet play.
Physical activity is important for the body and mind, which is why at The Children’s Center, we play outdoors several times every day. A child’s connection to the outdoors is an essential part of our curriculum. On days with inclement weather, children enjoy access to UNE’s gymnasium and other facilities.
Teachers also plan field trips for nature, arts, and community events to enrich the children’s experience. The Portland Public Library’s Burbank Branch, Evergreen Cemetery, and Baxter Woods are within walking distance.