The  Jennifer Barnum Luria Early Childhood Center

The Jennifer Barnum Luria Early Childhood Center

Registration is now open for The Jennifer Barnum Luria Early Childhood Center, located on the Congregation Beth Israel campus in Portland’s historic Alphabet blocks. 

Scroll or click below to learn more about the enrollment process, tuitionschedule, programstaff, history, frequently asked questions, and more. We invite you to join our mailing list, or contact us directly at (503) 447-2457.

Directions and parking information for families and visitors may be found here.

Enrollment

Enrollment at The Jennie is now open and classes have begun; click here to secure your child’s spot!

We are currently accepting registration for all age groups, and classrooms will be opened throughout 2024 as spaces are filled. Full- and part- time care are both available. Once our classrooms are full, our waitlist placement will prioritize families who are members of Congregation Beth Israel, as well as those who already have a sibling enrolled at The Jennie. 

Contact Us

428 NW 20th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 447-2457

Open House

The teachers and staff of The Jennie invite prospective families to visit our beautiful, brand-new school, meet our staff (and maybe let your children give the classroom toys a test run), and learn more about our art- and play- based program our upcoming open house: drop in and join the fun on Saturday, March 16 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Please RSVP to TheJennie@bethisrael-pdx.org, and let us know how many will be joining the fun! We are located at 428 NW 20th St. 

Tuition

Advance tuition is due by the 1st of the month, which covers the month moving forward. For example, if your child is starting on May 1, May’s tuition is due by May 1 and June’s tuition is due by June 1. You may pay tuition in full on this date, or you may make installments the month prior leading up to the 1st of the month.

You will be sent an invoice in advance of tuition being due for your records and budgeting purposes.

A sibling discount of 10% of the eldest child’s tuition is available.

Monthly Tuition-Full Time, Full Day

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Age

6 weeks to 12 months
12 months to 24 months
Two Year Olds
Three Year Olds
Four and Five Year Olds

Classrooms

Trillium and Lupine
Gooseberry and Snowberry
Azalea and Honeysuckle
Dogwood and Elderberry
Maple and Cedar

Monthly Tuition

$2150
$2150
$1900
$1675
$1675

Monthly Tuition-Part Time

Please connect with us for details.

Age
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6 weeks to 12 months
12 months to 24 months
Two Year Olds
Three to Five Year Olds

 

Classrooms
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Trillium and Lupine
Gooseberry & Snowberry
Azalea and Honeysuckle
Dogwood, Elderberry, Maple and Cedar

Monthly Tuition 
Two Days/Week

$1182

$1182

$1045

$921

Monthly Tuition 
Three Days/Week

$1621

$1621

$1425

$1256

Monthly Tuition 
Four Days/Week

$1935

$1935

$1710

$1507

Monthly Tuition-Half Day

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Age

6 weeks to 12 months
12 months to 24 months
Two Year Olds
Three to Five Year Olds

 

Classrooms

Trillium and Lupine
Gooseberry and Snowberry
Azalea and Honeysuckle
Dogwood,, Elderberry, Maple and Cedar

Monthly Tuition

$1720
$1720
$1482
$1306

Schedule

The Jennie operates from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Full- and part- time enrollment are available. 

We  follow the Congregation Beth Israel calendar for closures for Federal and Jewish Holidays, and close for week-long winter and summer breaks. Please click here for our full 2024 calendar.

For weather-related closures or late starts, we will take our cues from Portland Public Schools: when they close, we close.

As a child-led program, your child’s day at The Jennie will largely flow in accordance with their needs. 

Early Release

October 2: Erev Rosh Hashanah

Early Closure at 1:00 PM 

October 11: Kol Nidre

Early Closure at 1:00 PM 

Full Day Closures

Memorial Day: May 27th

Summer Break: July 1st – July 5th 

Parent Teacher Conferences: August 2nd 

Labor Day:  September 2nd 

Rosh Hashanah:  October 3rd

Teacher Professional Development Day October 25th

Thanksgiving: November 28th  – November  29th 

Parent Teacher Conferences: December 6th 

Winter Break: December 25th  –  January 1st 

About Our Program

Philosophy:

 

At The Jennie we are guided by a child-led, and play-based, philosophy. We utilize child observation and teacher reflection in order to shape curriculum that serves our children as individuals and the class as a whole. Teachers foster secure attachments through responsive caregiving, understanding that optimal learning and growth comes only when children feel safe and secure. Children build foundational academic and life skills through play and interacting with their environment. Art and creativity is a daily practice and the children have opportunities to create their own art, and explore external creations. We strive to bring together the best practices in many developmental and educational philosophies, including the teachings of Maria Montessori, the principles of RIE – developed by Magda Gerber, and the warm nurturing environments found in Waldorf and Reggio Emilia programs.

Judaism has a longstanding commitment to excellent education and to providing an environment where children’s natural desire to learn is fostered. The Jennie empowers children from the youngest ages to ask questions, explore their curiosities, and be advocates for their learning desires. We strive for beauty and peace through respect, art, kindness, and Kehillah, the Hebrew word for community. This collaboration allows children to feel nurtured, and engage with their inner curiosity and inspiration to learn, providing a foundation for a lifelong love of learning to grow.

 

Mission:

 

At The Jennie, it is our mission to provide the highest quality care to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and their families. The Jennie is built on a foundation of inclusion – we are intentionally creating a diverse Kehillah, the Hebrew word for community, that celebrates all our children and their families. The Jennie provides an enriching environment interwoven with Jewish values, promoting a nurturing space for children to develop, and creating a work community where staff feel supported holistically. We value creativity, togetherness, and kindness towards our peers and the environment. We believe that children know themselves best and are ready to take in all the learning we can offer, and teachers act as guides along a child’s developmental journey. The Jennie staff understand that a child’s success is rooted in the success of their caregivers, and we invite families to be active participants in our community. This happens through volunteering in the classroom, parent education nights to learn about our educational approach and their child’s development, and through events that bring families and staff together.

 

 

Our Staff

Bailey Brandt joins us from Chicago, where she worked as a Developmental Therapist, providing play-based interventions for children aged zero to three, tackling developmental delays. Prior to that, she worked as the Director of Early Childhood Education at a Montessori-based infant and toddler school. 

She has a Masters of Science in Child Development with a concentration in Infancy and Administration from Erikson Institute, and has been working with children and families for sixteen years, both as a direct caregiver and as parent support. Bailey is beyond excited to join The Jennie and CBI, and to join CBI staff in building an incredible school for our community.

Born in the Bay Area, Bailey moved to Portland as an adolescent, where she graduated from Metropolitan Learning Center (a few blocks away from CBI!) and obtained her undergraduate degree from Portland State University. After nine years exploring Chicago (and picking up her Master’s degree!) she decided it was time to come home and be near family again.

Bailey has spent her career practicing and building on the skill set of inclusive and anti-oppression early childhood care, and feels deeply that raising children with responsive and quality caregiving is the best way to create a peaceful and joyful future for all.  She uses a relationship and community building approach, believing that our communities and interpersonal connections as adults, fuels and supports positive childcare experiences for children.

Click here to email Bailey

 Zoe Weiner joins us from Saint Louis, where she worked as a Patient’s Assistant to a medically complex child and his siblings aged zero to ten, providing enriching activities, care support for parents including but not limited to: nannying, coordinating appointments with therapists and doctors, assisting children in completing therapy and learning tasks, and providing total support for the kids.  

Prior to her time in St. Louis, Zoe worked as preschool teacher at Congregation Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, Georgia. She has worked in early childhood education and special needs care for over ten years, both in Jewish education specifically and general early childhood education. Zoe attended the Congregation Beth Israel early childhood program herself as a toddler living in Portland, and as a result is incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work for, and give back to a community and a program that gave her many happy experiences.  

Zoe moved to Portland at the age of 1, living in the Southwest Hills until fourth grade. After completing high school in Kansas City, Kansas, Zoe moved back to Oregon to attend University of Oregon, where she received her undergraduate degree. Go Ducks! After graduating, Zoe spent 6 years living, and working in Atlanta, and St. Louis, but always knew she wanted to return to Portland as soon as possible, to be with family and old friends. 

Zoe has extensive experience working, nurturing, teaching, and supporting young children, and is personally committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and stimulating environment for each individual kiddo at the school.

 

 

I have worked with young children in various capacities for more than ten years. Though my career goals have taken me to other industries, I have always returned to working with children as it feels the most kismet and purposeful. I hold a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and an M.A. from Columbia University. In addition to being a teacher, I am a trained full spectrum doula with a specialization in pregnancy herbalism. I am especially grateful to have joined the community of The Jennie as we have a chance to cultivate a fresh and organic learning environment to a new preschool. Outside of work I am an avid traveler, having been to more than 30 countries.

 

Hello! My name is Alondra. I am 24 years old and going to school to become a pediatric nurse. I have been working with kids since I was 16 years old. I started working in child care when I volunteered to work at my school’s daycare program and have loved it ever since. I’ve had the joy of working with children of all ages. My favorite activities to do with kids are art projects and reading books. I come from a big family, I am the youngest of 6 so I have always been a family-oriented person. In my free time I love to be outdoors with my two dogs Toby and Bella, I also enjoy spending a lot of my free time with my fiancé. I have recently moved to Portland from Beaverton and look forward to exploring more of it and all it has to offer.

History

Jennifer Barnum Luria (z'l)

The Jennie was established thanks to the leadership of Robert Barnum, Susan Barnum, and Gil Luria, in the loving memory of their daughter and wife Jennifer Barnum Luria, and with major support from Bob and Rita Philip. It builds upon the CBI preschool foundation that was established by Abe and Sally Vidgoff and grew under the leadership of Sanny Snell and commitment of Jill Slansky.

 As construction continues and we plan for The Jennie’s inaugural year, we welcome your support

 

If you would like more in-depth details, or to hear about the associated naming opportunities, please reach out to Congregation Beth Israel’s Executive Director, Josh Kashinsky

Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need to be a CBI member to enroll in The Jennie–all are welcome. 


However, we do waive our $150 enrollment fee for CBI members, and member families will receive waitlist priority.  

If you have questions about becoming a CBI member, please reach out to us!

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome–and celebrated–at The Jennie! 

While Jewish values are at the heart of our programming, education and full participation at The Jennie is comfortable and accessible for our non-Jewish families. 

A sibling discount of 10% of the eldest child’s tuition is available.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s Right Start Program offers scholarship support of up to $2000 for families enrolling their children in Jewish preschool; click here for details and to apply.

Absolutely! We opened our gorgeous new facility in February of 2024, and  would be delighted to show you around. Let us know if you are interested having a look (and having your child give our new toys a test drive). 

The Jennie provides a morning and afternoon snack for children, as well as water during all mealtimes. Parents provide a lunch, as well as any milk or milk alternative they may want their child to have. Parents provide infant formula and/or human milk as well. 

The Jennie is a pork, shellfish, and nut-free campus; depending on the dietary needs and/or allergies of specific students, certain classrooms may have additional restrictions in place. 

Parents are responsible for providing bottles, diapers, training pull ups, wipes, diaper cream, a reusable drink container, and extra clothes that are weather appropriate. 

We are open from 8-5 Monday through Friday, and and offer full- and part-time care. When you register, please let us know what you’re interested in! 

The Jennie is a child-led and art-based program. Children are given opportunities to engage with art, nature, and academic topics that lead to holistic development every day. Because the curriculum is child -led, teachers build their class routines around the children currently enrolled in their class. Jewish holidays, rituals, and rhythms are incorporated into the child’s day through music, activities, and art. 

We will begin building our own fenced-in playground on the plaza sometime in 2024, and before that is built children will have access to Couch Park, walks around the neighborhood, and playing on the plaza. Children go outside no matter what the weather, save for extreme weather conditions, in which case we have an indoor movement room.