Our Morning & Afternoon Preschool Programs


Here at Hands On Art & Play Preschool, in SE Portland, we offer young children (ages 2.5 yrs – 6 yrs) a place to explore arts, crafts, science, language and music in an environment that is exciting, safe and fun.

Hands On offers morning preschool from 9:00am-12:30pm, Monday -Friday. Your child can attend 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days week. Each day our class has between 12-24 children and between 2 and 4 teachers. Our visiting artist and musician program takes place on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesday during regular preschool hours. Our curriculum is based on seasonal themes and promotes a love of learning. Each day the children can play, create art, participate in circle time activities, sing songs, read books, play outside, dig in the dirt and have fun!

This year we are also offering afternoon preschool class. It will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm- 3:00pm. Children may attend 1 or 2 days and may be enrolled in both some morning classes and afternoon classes, as long as they do not occur on the same day. Our afternoon starts off with either dance or yoga, and then continues on so children can play, create art, participate in circle time activities, sing songs, read books, play outside, dig in the dirt and have fun!

Hands On helps children learn to use their words to get what they need. The children enjoy learning together and forming friendships. Our small class size allows all children to receive the attention they deserve. Our preschool program is designed so children can experience preschool without having to attend every day or a minimum number of days each week. 

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A Typical Day at Hands On Art & Play

time activity
8:30 a.m. School opens for children attending early care
9:00 a.m. School begins for all children
9:15 a.m. Project time where children get a chance to do one of our ever-changing projects based on art, math/science, language, or music
10:15 a.m. All children meet in a large circle in their classroom for songs, daily jobs, letter & numbers of the week and to do the calendar.
10:30 a.m. Wash up and snack time
10:45 a.m. Outside playtime
11:45 a.m. Storytime
12:00 p.m. Wash-up and lunch
12:30 p.m. Morning classes are out, children either get picked up by family or by the after school program you've selected.
12:30 p.m. Afternoon classes start with either dance or yoga and continue with a similar schedule as above.
3:00 p.m. Afternoon classes are out, children either get picked up by family.


To enhance fine motor skills, creativity, and give children a time to express themselves artistically.   Completing a project gives the child a sense of accomplishment.


Very basic counting, sorting, cooking, grouping, and learning about animals and nature —all through activity and play.


On alternating Tuesdays & Wednesdays, a music teacher will visit each class for a 45 minute music class.  During this time students will have the opportunity to learn new songs, dance and play instruments.


Projects include listening to stories, playing word games, learning the alphabet, creating books.


Quick Tuition Facts

  • Our preschool tuition is an annual fee divided into 9 equal monthly payments.  Payments are due the 1st of each month, and late after the 5th.  There is a $25 late fee for payments made after the 5th.
  • Drop-in days are billed on top of the regular monthly fees. 
  • Drop-in days are $40, if someone buys your day you will be credited $35 to your account.
  • Registration is a non-refundable $40 fee.
  • Our music program is $100 for the school year, for children attending Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  If your child attends both days you still only pay $100.  Music tuition can be split into 2 payments of $50 and billed in September and January.

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Morning Preschool Tuition for 2017 – 2018

5 days/week
$600/ month
4 days/week
$500/ month
3 days/week
$399/ month
2 days/week
$288/ month
1 day/week
$167/ month

Early Care:

Available every day from 8:30am – 9:00am. The cost is $3 per use for children attending 1, 2 or 3 days per week and FREE to children attending 4 or 5 days each week.

Afternoon Preschool Tuition for 2017 – 2018

2 days/week
$220/ month
1 day/week
$110/ month
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