RCNP is a two-year cooperative play-based preschool that is located in the Rose City Park neighborhood of Portland and has been in operation since 1975. RCNP is housed in a spacious, light-filled classroom in the Rose City Park Methodist Church, though there is no affiliation with the church. Our preschoolers enjoy a large indoor play area with two play structures and year-round bike-riding. We are also walking distance to a wonderful public park.
RCNP operates under the direction of its two teachers, who are employed by the board of directors on behalf of the parent membership. The teachers determine and deliver curriculum and maintain standard procedures for the school programs. RCNP’s parents are responsible for the organization, funding and administration of the school programs. Each family helps in the classroom once or twice a month and also assists in the day-to-day running of the school, as a board member or by fulfiling assigned job duties.
In the classroom, the teacher and parents work together to encourage children’s natural interests and to guide any conflicts that arise. Parents benefit from interacting with a range of children and from observing the teacher as she works with children with a variety of needs and skills.
RCNP has two classes, each with 15-17 students.
The Star students have celebrated their third birthday on or before September 1st of the school year. Current tuition for this class is $125/mo. Stars class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. with optional Lunch Bunch* on Thursdays.
The Rainbow students have celebrated their fourth birthday on or before September 1st of the school year. Current tuition for this class is $185/mo. Rainbows class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. with optional Lunch Bunch* on Mondays & Wednesdays.
*During Lunch Bunch, up to 11 classmates enjoy our play area, eat lunch together, and then read stories or enjoy free play in the classroom. Lunch Bunch costs $8 and extends the school day to 1pm.
Family fundraising is an essential part of our school.
Fun run – Families collect at least $50 in Fun Run pledges. Teachers, parents, friends and siblings run laps with the preschoolers, amidst much cheering. Laps are run on a short circuit at Rose City Park, followed up by a casual snack potluck.
Basement rummage sale – RCNP’s basement sale is a well-loved institution in early or mid-November. Each family donates $125 of useable household items, along with working a shift during the sale. Also, each family sells at least $20 in raffle tickets.
Spring pie sale – Each family sells $300 worth of pie or buys out for $140. In addition, all families work a shift on pie distribution day.