Portland Preschool of the Arts

We have an After School Program for kids ages 5-years-old to 13-years-old that continues the child-lead philosophy that we offer at the preschool into the school years!


THE HANGOUT - Click to learn more!

Finally! Creative, safe, educational, after school care that your kids will LOVE. We designed The Hangout for you and your kids. We believe that kids should love their after school care and come home excited to talk to you about all the things they have created and learned. At The Hangout we offer your child the freedom to make their own choices, explore new ideas, engage socially, and learn and grow! Wether it’s writing their own code, making a comic book, painting, playing a board game, or filming a stop-motion animated film, the choice is theirs. The Hangout is a space where kids ages 5-13 years-old can hangout, engage with friends, stimulate their minds with creative activities, and learn self-direction. More of a club than a program, at The Hangout we provide a wide variety of arts, crafts, games and technologies and then support our members as they follow their own interests.

"[Children] need time for free, unstructured play...They need time to be not in an adult-driven or an adult-led situation; they need time for kids to lead and take initiative and create their own games and play.” - Denise Pope, Senior Lecturer at Stanford

“Research on children’s learning indicates that learning thrives when children are given some agency (control of their own actions) to play a role in their own learning… the most efficient learning occurs in a social context, where learning is scaffolded by the teacher into meaningful contexts that resonate with children’s active engagement and previous experiences.” The Power of Play A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children - Michael Yogman, Andrew Garner, Jeffrey Hutchinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff


4707 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215