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How RCNP works

RCNP is a play-based preschool in Northeast Portland’s Rose City Park neighborhood. Our cooperative program has been enriching young minds since 1974.

Our home is a spacious, light-filled classroom in the Rose City Park United Methodist Church building (now home to the The Rose City Park Collective). Our preschoolers enjoy a large indoor play area with two play structures and year-round bike-riding. In the classroom, the teacher and classroom helpers work together to encourage learning through guided exploration and play.

RCNP operates under the direction of its two teachers, who are employed by the board of directors on behalf of the student/family membership. The teachers determine and deliver curriculum and maintain standard procedures for the school programs. RCNP’s families are responsible for the organization, funding and administration of the school programs. Each family helps in the classroom once or twice a month and assists in the day-to-day running of the school, as a board member or by fulfilling assigned job duties.



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RCNP has two classes, each with 15-17 students.

The Star Class meets each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. with optional Lunch Bunch* on Thursdays. Students in this class have celebrated their third birthdays on or before September 1st of the school year. Monthly tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is set at $145/$155 for the Star class. Families who choose the lower rate are expected to fundraise an additional $100.

The Rainbow Class meets each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. with optional Lunch Bunch* on Mondays & Wednesdays. Students in this class have celebrated their fourth birthdays on or before September 1st of the school year. Monthly tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is set at $205/$215 for the Rainbow class. Families who choose the lower rate are expected to fundraise an additional $100.  

*Lunch Bunch extends the school day until 1:00pm for up to 11 classmates per session. It is an opportunity to spend more time with the teacher, to practice eating lunch in a school setting, and to explore the classroom in different ways.





Family fundraising is an essential part of our school.

All families are expected to participate in our three main fundraisers every year. Most recently, these fundraisers included a Fun Run Fitness Challenge in September, a Fall Pie and Fruit Sale, and a Spring Auction and Raffle.