I had the pleasure of spending a summer morning at the Heart in Hand preschool in the Alberta neighborhood of NE Portland. It was charming and delightful, and I left thinking how lucky these children are to spend time here! Yvonne is an amazing educator and presence: so incredibly warm and friendly and patient. She guides her students gently and with love, and the little ones just seem like they blossom. The physical space is wonderful too; there’s a garden that the children help out with, a nice open indoor space with Waldorf-style wooden toys, and an outdoor play area with lots of fun spaces. The day I was there was bread making day: everyone helps make bread and then it gets baked, and the group gets to eat it! They also did painting and folding, and sang little songs while eating snack. Like I said, completely charming and delightful.