Children's Center sets open house


OREGON – Registration for the Oregon Park District's Children's Center for the 2020-21 school year will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Annual members may register one day early on Monday, Feb. 24. Residents may register at 7 a.m. and non-residents at 9 a.m. both days. The Children's Center will help prepare your child for Kindergarten as they learn to interact with their peers.

An open house for prospective students will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center, located in Nash Recreation Center, 304 S. Fifth Street, Oregon. Parents and children are invited to meet Mrs. Caposey and Mrs. Teresa to tour the Children’s Center, ask questions and learn more of what the Children’s Center has to offer.

The three-year-old program meets on Tuesday and Thursday from either 8:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The four-year-old program meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15-11 a.m. or 12-2:45 p.m. All program supplies are included in the monthly tuition payment. Children receive a snack daily.

Tuition for the three-year-old program is $85 per month for residents and $102 per month for non-residents. Tuition for the four-year-old program is $120 per month for residents and $136 per month for non-residents.

A $25 non-refundable deposit and your child’s birth certificate are required at registration.  Children must be toilet trained and be the appropriate age on or before September 1, 2020.

Children’s Center Coordinator Jacquie Caposey and assistant Teresa Nehrkorn will guide your child through play and learning in both the 3-year-old and 4-year-old program.

Learning through play is a child’s principle means of discovering his or her world and both our two days a week and three days a week programs are largely play-based.

During the two-hour, two days a week program designed for three-year-old learners, children have opportunities to develop social skills such as sharing, taking turns and caring for one another, as well as small motor skills, such as cutting, gluing, drawing and “writing” and large motor skills, through both teacher-directed and self-directed play. Color, shape, and name recognition, as well as counting, patterning and sorting are all topics that are addressed in this program.

The 2.75-hour, three days a week program is designed as a kindergarten prep program for those learners age four and five. Through stories, art, games, self- and teacher-directed play, and gym activities, children will learn cooperation, manners and self-regulation skills to establish positive and appropriate social interaction with peers and adults. Learners also develop readiness skills, such as number concepts, problem solving, recognition of capital and lowercase letters, name printing, as well as early printing practice of all letters, and letter-sound recognition, that will help promote their success in kindergarten. Learners will also take field trips in the community. 

The Oregon Park District is excited for the 2020-21 school year to offer supplemental tuition for families that meet income guidelines through a donation from the A. Charles & Lillemore Lawrence Foundation.

Application and guidelines for the A. Charles and Lillimore Lawrence Scholarship are available at the front counter of the Nash Recreation Center. 

Inquire at the Oregon Park District for all Children's Center registration details and information, 815-732-3101 or email