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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204



6820 SW 45th Ave
Portland, OR 97219


Sprout Academy, Coordinator


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Sprout Academy Preschool

Welcome, Sprout Scouts, to the Sprout Academy at Southwest Community Center!

About the Program

The Sprout Academy is a school-year long educational preschool program at Southwest Community Center.  Our teaching philosophy is Children Learn Through Play, infused with hands-on lessons of what it means to be green and how we can each do our part.  By being role-models & leading by example, Sprout instructors teach students the importance of reducing, reusing, repurposing & recycling as well as simple concepts of sustainability.  Students cumulatively build on the lessons they have learned throughout the year and are well-prepared for their next adventure whether it be moving up to the 3′s class, going into Pre-K, or heading off to Kindergarten!

What is a Green Preschool?

In Spring of 2010, the Sprout Academy became certified Eco-Healthy by the Oregon Environmental Council.  In addition to our green-focused curriculum, the physical environment where our students learn is a healthy setting for their growing minds & bodies.  Sprout teachers, the program manager, and SWCC’s building director worked together to bring the classroom setting up to the OEC’s standards for an Eco-Healthy Child Care.  From the paint on the walls, to the cleaning products we use, to the educational materials on the shelves, Sprout Academy is a safe place for your child to learn & play. To learn more, visit the Oregon Environmental Council’s website on Eco-Healthy Child Care programs.

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Southwest Community Center
6820 SW 45th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

Located in Gabriel Park, on the corner of 45th Ave and Vermont St.


Southwest Community Center: 503-823-2840

Sprout Academy Program Manager:   503-823-2848