what we’re about
Welcome to the Fireflies! Our Firefly classroom is a wonderful start to a child’s educational experience. We strive to create a warm, welcoming, and exciting introduction to a classroom and social setting. We focus on learning through play and exploration, communication, sensorimotor, social and emotional development. This class is always filled with tons of giggles, smiles, and lots of love!
Students must be 24 months in order to attend. Children turning 2 after the beginning of the school year through November 1st are eligible for a delayed start if space is available.
The teacher/student ratio is 2:8.
our core values
In our classroom, we strive to create a fun and exciting environment for our littlest students to become comfortable, confident and thrive in a classroom setting.
9:15 – 9:30 Student Arrival, Playdough & table activities
9:30 – 10:15 Free Choice & Art Activity
10:15 Classroom Clean Up & Handwashing
10:25 Snack Time
10:45 – 11:15 Recess in the gym or playground
11:20 – 11:30 Circle & Sticker Time
11:40 – 11:45 Flubber
11:45 Parent Pickup
This is Ms. Karissa’s first year as a lead at VCP! We are so thrilled for her!
Karissa does such an amazing job with these young students. She brings her playful nature and love of art to her classroom in such a fun, bright way! Prior to joining our team at VCP, Karissa taught at Touchstone Preschool in Hillsboro where she taught a full-day class of both 2s and 3s. She also worked as an Art Teacher at Masters School of Art in Beaverton where she taught introductory and advanced drawing techniques to middle school and high school students. In addition to teaching at VCP, Karissa is also currently attending Portland Community College.
Karissa was born in Oregon City and has lived in Oregon all of her life. She comes from a large family; she has 6 sisters! She has a HUGE golden retriever named Macy who loves to eat anything and everything! Karissa is passionate about art and her hobbies include drawing, painting, writing poetry. She also enjoys listening to music, playing video games and traveling. Fun fact about Karissa; she loves to sing silly songs! She enjoys making up fun songs to sing with her students every day.
assistant teacher (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
This is Stephanie’s first year at VCP! She is the perfect addition to our Fireflies (T/TH) and Bumblebees (M/W/F) classrooms. Stephanie recently moved to Oregon with her family from Yakima, Washington! She is studying to become a special education teacher. She is so gifted and we are so thrilled to welcome Ms.Stephanie to our Valley family!
interim assistant teacher (mon/wed)
Ms.Danielle has stepped in as our interim assistant teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays! She is also the Assistant Director at Valley! Thank you Ms.Danielle for joining our Fireflies classroom!
What Parents are Saying
“We have loved our experience at Valley Christian Preschool so far! Kylie was wonderful at helping my 2 year old adjust to saying goodbye to Mom and Dad in the morning. It made me feel confident that he was cared for and loved even though he was sad. He now loves going to school and tells me all about all the fun he is having at the gym and during Circle Time! Miss Karissa is such a loving teacher and I can tell how much my son is learning by what he tells me at home. He has found a new sense of confidence and independence since starting preschool and is very proud to show me his artwork when he gets home. The whole staff at VCP is welcoming to both parents and kids and we look forward to many more years at VCP!” – R.C.
Valley Christian Preschool welcomes students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, and religious background.