Prospective Parents

We welcome your inquiries about our Preschool program! Please contact Jill Irwin at 541-757-8068, ext. 146, or email her to learn more and arrange a tour.

Our early childhood education program offers:

Outdoor exploration is part of preschool at Old Mill Center

Flexible scheduling. Choose 1, 2, 3 or 4 days per week. School hours are 8:00 am–1:00 pm.

Low child to staff ratio. In addition to our highly trained staff, we have a number of dedicated volunteers and university interns providing lots of one-to-one interaction with children.

Play-based, active learning. Our curriculum activities are designed to promote active leaning in art, storytelling, literacy, math, science, music, movement, health and safety. We teach the ‘Handwriting without Tears’ and ‘Second Step Violence Prevention’ curriculum.

Positive discipline. Our staff is highly skilled in providing consistent guidance that emphasizes respect, caring, self-esteem, and collaborative problem solving.

Parent Involvement and support. Progress notes and newsletters are sent home twice a month to keep communication flowing. Regular parent-teacher conferences and parent meetings give parents the opportunity to be part of the team in developing their child’s educational program.

Beautiful facility in a park setting. With our large outdoor play area and with Starker Arts Park right next door, the outdoor possibilities are endless!

Specially trained staff. Our trained educators also have access to special educators and counselors to meet the needs of all children.


Preschool Teachers

Donna Brown, BS
Lead Teacher

Donna graduated from Oregon State University with an Early Development option. She has taught in the preschool since 2006. She loves to see the children’s faces light up when they learn something new.

Azka Ahmad Waqas, BS
Assistant TeacherAzka Ahmad Waqas Preschool Teacher

Azka has a bachelors in Language Arts and Literature from University of the Punjab, Pakistan. She has worked at Old Mill Center since 2015, starting in the Relief Nursery and then moving to the preschool in 2017. She has experience teaching at elementary and middle school level, and has worked with children for over 13 years. She loves the energy kids have and the excitement they express when they learn something new!

Azka Ahmad Waqas | Larissa Lleras | Preschool | Old Mill CenterLarissa Lleras, BA
Assistant Teacher

Larissa graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Education Foundations. She began working for Old Mill Center in 2018. She loves the joy and excitement the children show when exploring and leaning something new.