Join us as we wonder, discover and create.

Springwater Preschool

As your child’s first school experience, we endeavor to provide a learning environment that cultivates growth-- socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. We encourage their first steps toward independence and guide them in relationships with others. We cheer their growing capabilities, and strive to foster a curiosity in the world around them.

Inviting spaces and learning experiences are designed to encourage students to explore, grow and be adventurous in a community of friends. Materials and activities are chosen with the intention of actively involving children in learning through play, encouraging creative expression, and fostering wonder of our natural world.

Play is the highest form of research

Children are born creative and curious. They are tireless artists, storytellers and scientists. An educator's greatest challenge is to create a nurturing environment where children can play, explore, experiment, take risks, learn and grow.


Our days introduce students to a sense of routine, while providing generous blocks of time for children to choose between artistic pursuits, math, science, engineering and language experiences.

Love for the outdoors

An important part of each day is our outdoor time, and we are fortunate to share the extensive playground and gardens of Springwater Environmental Sciences School (SESS). Daily outdoor adventures include rock climbing, digging in the sand pit, music in the sound garden, spinning, swinging, sliding and chasing after friends - rain or shine!

Alone we are smart.

Together we are brilliant.

There are ample invitations to join others in imaginative and cooperative play. We gather in groups for stories and music and to practice speaking and listening, turn taking, and sharing ideas. Our classroom is ever changing as projects and learning experiences emerge from the interests of students.

Building Friendships

There is a consistent emphasis on treating others with kindness, consideration and respect. Children learn the importance of listening, empathy, and working together.

A Supportive Environment

Hands-on learning in different settings

About Us

Springwater Preschool is an independently operated program on the campus of Springwater Environmental Sciences School (SESS).  We were designed in collaboration with Springwater School to provide early learning experiences for 3-5 year olds in the community.  The 2018-2019 school year marks our tenth year of serving preschoolers and their families. This class is staffed by two teachers, Stephanie and Tina, with a maximum of 16 students. 

Program Information

Springwater Preschool offers a mixed age program for children 3-5 years old. We are known as the Acorn Class on the Springwater campus. 

Most of our students live in Oregon City, Happy Valley, Estacada and Damascus. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st.

Click for more information regarding schedule options and tuition costs.

Morning Program

Mornings from 8:40 - 11:40
2 day options of M/W or T/Th
4 day option MTWTH

Afternoon Program

Afternoons from 12:40 - 3:40
2 day options of M/W or T/Th
4 day option MTWTH

Tuition and Fees

APPLICATION FEE: $30  (non-refundable upon acceptance)
2 Day Program is $1750 year or $175 monthly June and Sept - May
4 Day Program is $3450 year or $345 monthly June and Sept - May