509J Preschool Philosophy


509J preschool provides a stable, safe, nurturing environment where children benefit from both free play and high levels of learning.  We will celebrate the uniqueness and individuality of each child.  We are committed to partnering with families to ensure every child will learn and thrive.

The program will use the Oregon Learning Guideline standards.  Our learning focuses are the development of:

Language and social skills
Large and small muscles (gross and fine motor)
Number sense and literacy skills

The program will use a balance of play, individual, small group and whole group instruction.  Our goal is to prepare preschool students academically and socially so that they can successfully enter kindergarten

Program Details

  • FREE
  • Accepting students 4 years old
  • One classroom of 18 students
  • Household income under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level:  Currently $52,400 for a family of four
  • One teacher, one full time assistant
  • Transportation provided if needed
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Hours 9 am-2:30 pm (8:45 am breakfast)

Other Information

  • Must attend program 85% of the time or more to be eligible
  • In-person starting late October (orientation and start date to be determined)

Contact Us


Early Learning Hub of Central Oregon




Melinda Grote

541-475-7265 ext 2368


Preschool Director:

Julie Mitchell

541-475-7265 ext 2347

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