Enriching families through community, resources, and play.
A note about the movie:
We no longer have a 2 day program for the younger age. Our program starts at 18 months, even though our movie and old postings state otherwise. Thank you.
Pea Pod is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that empowers families and builds community in an environment of shared responsibilities and benefits.
At Pea Pod, we believe that now more than ever, our world will need a new generation of kids who have the ability to empathize with others, to treat each other kindly despite differences, and to contribute positively to their community because they possess a strong sense of belonging. Raising children is hard work, and families who have access to resources and a support system are more likely to thrive. Our families includes parents who have a flexible schedule and who are looking for an opportunity to build community by sharing benefits and building trust through accountability to each other.
Respect. We value a safe and nurturing environment for families that help parents make choices about how to raise their children with others who are engaged and respectful.
Trust. We build trust by cultivating relationships in a secure environment with the goal of forming community through meaningful long-term friendships.
Accountability. We believe that active participation and responsibility to one another is a vital part of the stewardship and sustainability of the organization.
Collaboration. We value a community where everyone contributes according to their strengths, which enables families to learn from each other and benefit from a collective effort.
Joy. We believe that by doing the work of raising our children together we create an atmosphere of joy through a sense of belonging.
“Pea Pod provided us with an amazing community of families to grow with during the magical and challenging toddler period. We wouldn't be the parents we are today without it!”
“As parents of twins and being new to Portland, I often felt like we were parenting on an island by ourselves. Through the process of sharing the responsibility of our children in the playschool, I experienced meaningful interactions and built friendships with other parents. My children developed a sense of belonging. It was a positive growth experience for our whole family!”
“My husband and I are learning more about toddler development and are benefitting from deepening our parenting philosophy and approach through the community and resources provided. Our son is growing through building relationships with the other parents and children. It has been one of our best decisions as a family.”
“My family recently joined the Pea Pod playschool, and we feel lucky to have found it. As a cooperative, the playschool is parent run, and an extraordinary executive director and board of directors oversee the program and offer support. My two-year-old son's world has gotten so much bigger and more interesting, and Pea Pod provides a caring, knowledgeable, and self-aware community for parents, too. It's a wonderful learning experience!”
Rights of Participation
No person shall be denied the services or facilities of this organization or be excluded from participation or services because of race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability, or national origin; discrimination of any kind is expressly prohibited.