Schools/Childcare/Youth Programs

Local Elementary Schools,
Middle Schools, and High Schools:

Gilchrist Elementary: 433-9403

Gilchrist (K-12): 433-2295

La Pine Elementary: 536-2717

La Pine Middle School: 536-5867

La Pine High School: 322-5360

Three Rivers (Sunriver) (K-8): 593-3555

Morning Star Christian School 
(Bend, bus service from La Pine): 382-5091


COIC La Pine Alternative High School

Program Introduction:

COIC offers alternative high school education to allow students ages 14-21 to make up credits and return to their regular classrooms, or to earn a state high school diploma or GED. Students may also participate in Work-Education, a work-experience program that combines classroom credits with community service and natural resource projects.

Classes are held in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Lakeview and Prineville in conjunction with the school districts of Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Crook County, Madras, Culver and Lakeview. COIC also provides instructors for Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice.

In addition, COIC offers summer work experience, giving students the opportunity to earn minimum wages and learn valuable hands-on work skills. During the 2006-2007 school year, 98 students earned high school diplomas, 131 earned GEDs and more than 1,884 half credits were awarded to students on behalf of their local high schools. Students spent more than 18,000 working on community service and natural resource projects.

Talk to your school counselor about attending COIC or call one of our classrooms today!

LaPine - 16493 Bluewood Place, Suite 3
for High School information contact:

Toby Wilson (541) 536-5380 extension 210


Job Corps:

Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.

Funded by Congress, Job Corps has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. Job Corps is committed to offering all students a safe, drug-free environment where they can take advantage of the resources provided.

Job Corps' mission is to attract eligible young people, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Job Corps or would like more information, please call (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 today!

J bar J
Boys Learning Center in Bend:
A Bend/La Pine charter school.



Community Bible Church of Sunriver Preschool: 593-8341

Footprints Preschool (Early Intervention), La Pine: 536-2906

Head Start (NeighborImpact, La Pine): 536-2903 

La Pine Head Start Needs 3 and 4 Year Olds!
Neighbor Impact/Head Start is seeking applicants for the La Pine Head Start program. Head Start is looking for La Pine area families who have one or more preschoolers aged between 3 and 4 years old. The 3-year-olds must be three by September 1, 2009. There is no charge to qualified applicants for this comprehensive program.

Applications are available by calling Pete Perrine, Head Start Advocate, at 541-410-6346. Applications need to be completed and returned as soon as possible to be eligible for this school year. Classes will begin in September, at the La Pine Community Campus next to La Pine High School.

Head Start (NeighborImpact, at New Generations in Sunriver): 593-1010

Jenn's Little Treasures: 536-9878 

Jenn's Little Treasures Preschool and Daycare
in La Pine, is now enrolling 3 and 4 year olds

A great start for your little ones to get ready for kindergarten, the preschool hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 - 12:30. Extended care is avaiable from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please call Jennifer Johnstone at 536-9878 for more information.

Rising Star Preschool, La Pine: 536-8362 ~

Together for Children, (birth to 3 years) La Pine: 536-2906


Klamath County Early Childhood Education
and Services for Children with Disabilities:



Central Oregon Community College

High Desert Christian College

Oregon State University - Cascades Campus


High Desert Education Service District
145 SE Salmon Avenue Suite A
Redmond, OR 97756
(541) 693-5600 Main Phone

Crippled Children/Child Development & Rehabilitation Center: 1-800-0700

Home Schooling Information:

High Desert ESD Home School Info:

CentralOregonOpenLearners (Central Oregon Open Learners) - Our acronym says it all. This group is COOL, a secular, inclusive support and activity group for unschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers in Central Oregon, specifically in Bend and the surrounding areas.

COOL was founded in order to provide support for parents as well as activities, learning opportunities, socialization, and fun for the children. We strive to be respectful parents, helpful friends, and knowledgeable mentors.

We have weekly park or play days, a monthly Parent's night out, family potlucks, field trips, hands-on activities (swim parties, geocaching adventures, card & craft making parties, clay classes, knitting club) and online as well as in person support. We will continue these activities and encourage new members to make suggestions and organize outings.

We are a cooperative support group, meaning that all members need to contribute to the group in order to make us grow and thrive. There are no dues or requirements to join, but the more involved you are, the more you’ll feel like a part of our growing community.

Our group is non-discriminatory on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, political or sexual orientation. We have formed for the sole purpose of establishing a community of local homeschooling families.

To Subscribe, visit:

Youth Services and Programs:

Big Brother/Big Sister (Bend): 312-6047

J Bar J Youth Services (Bend): 389-1409

Safenet/Oregon (Teen Pregnancy): 1-800-723-3638

Teen Health Infoline - Safenet: 1-800-998-9825

Girl Scouts, Inc. (La Pine):

Boy Scouts of America (La Pine): 433-9333

Camp Fire boys & Girls (Central Oregon): 382-4682

AWANA Clubs: 536-1215 (La Pine) and 593-8341 (Sunriver)

Child Evangelism Fellowship:

Ponderosa Chapter ~ PO Box 737~ Gilchrist OR 97737 ~ 877-569-2818

Click Here to see current Good News Clubs.  Good News Club is and exciting, fun-filled hour held once a week. The Good News Club can be held off the school grounds during school hours as a Released-time Program, in the schools as an After-School Program, or in a home as neighborhood Good News Club. Good News Clubs (GNC) are open to all boys and girls between the ages of five and twelve.

GNC’s are staffed by CEF trained volunteer teachers and helpers. Click on the GNC logo, at the right, to link to a list of Good News Club times, days and locations throughout Central Oregon. If you would like to be a part of the Good News Club outreach ministry please contact us.

Daycare Information:

(These are not recommendations and are for informational purposes only...please do your own research and follow your heart when deciding where your child should be when not with you. Please ask for references and background checks.):

NeighborImpact Child Care Resources:
(541) 598-2380

Commercial Child Care in La Pine:

Discoveryland, Inc. Daycare: 536-3786

Commercial Child Care in Sunriver:

New Generations Child Development Center: 593-1010

Home Day Cares in La Pine:

Jenn's Little Treasures Preschool and Child Care: 536-9878

Jennifer's Child Care: 536-3696

Linda's Child Care: 536-1145

Little Pine's Child Care: 536-7639

Ms. Holly's Day Care: 536-9641

Teddy Bear Day Care: 536-1157

Home Child Cares in Sunriver:

Happy at Last Child Care: 541-593-3554

Home Day Cares in Gilchrist/Crescent:

Klamath and Lake County
Child Care Referrals
Referrals to both in-home and center based child care.
Call: 800-700-3613 or 541-882-2308

Need Help Paying for Childcare?

Ten Signs of a Great Preschool:

"Ten Signs of a Great Preschool"
Is your child learning or just playing?
Here's what makes for an
excellent early education.
By Irene Daria-Wiener

What an adventure awaits your little one as he heads off to preschool -- new friends, new experiences, and new kinds of fun. Though you certainly want your child to enjoy himself, he'll also be practicing important skills that will prepare him for kindergarten and beyond.
"Your 3- or 4-year-old will learn the fundamental building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science, as well as how to interact with teachers and classmates," says Barbara Willer, Ph.D., deputy executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in Washington, D.C. "However," she says, "the overarching goal of any preschool should be to help a child feel good about himself as a learner and to feel comfortable in a school-like setting."
Chances are you chose your child's school carefully and can rest assured that he's in good hands. However, as you look around the classroom, here's what you should see.

1. The Right Student-Teacher Ratio
There should be one teacher for every seven to ten students and no more than 20 children per classroom, according to the NAEYC. State laws vary, however, and some permit even higher ratios. Choosing a school that follows the NAEYC guidelines will ensure that your child receives enough attention and that her teachers will get to know her as an individual.

2. Daily Circle Time

During this group meeting, children practice important social skills, such as taking turns, listening to each other, and sitting still. They'll also hone their language skills by listening to stories and singing songs. In fact, singing is very important in preschool. "As kids get older, they can link song words to written words, and that encourages literacy," Dr. Willer says. Songs also help children recognize rhythms and count beats, which enhances their understanding of math.

3. A Language-Rich Environment
Children should be read to every day. The classroom should have plenty of books available, as well as words posted all over the walls: signs labeling objects, weather charts, and posters describing the children's activities. Even preschoolers' artwork can be used to promote literacy; teachers should write the children's dictated descriptions ("Here is my brown dog.") on the bottom of their pictures.

4. An Art Center
This should be stocked with easels, chunky paint- brushes, and other materials, such as crayons and clay. While art -- and getting messy -- is certainly fun, it also allows children to express their thoughts in a way they might not yet be able to in words. In addition, art helps kids develop fine motor control and a basic understanding of science concepts, such as seeing what happens when colors are mixed and how different media create varying textures. It also gives children a sense of how things change as time passes -- paint dries and clay hardens.

5. A Block Corner
Building with large blocks has been shown to help children develop crucial spatial and problem-solving skills. For example, your preschooler will learn that two of the small square blocks equal one of the longer rectangular blocks -- a fundamental principle of geometry. Boys tend to gravitate to the block corner more than girls do. To help interest girls, some teachers have found it helpful to place dollhouse furniture in the block corner, because girls like to play house with the buildings that they create.

6. Rotating Chores
Besides developing a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, many chores your child will be asked to help out with in preschool foster math basics. For instance, handing out cups, paper plates, or napkins to each child at snack time introduces the key math concept of one-to-one correspondence.

7. Manipulatives
These items build the fine motor skills that are necessary for writing. In addition, puzzles strengthen spatial skills; sorting and counting buttons or beads help develop early math skills; and Peg-Boards and stringing beads require hand-eye coordination, which is also an important part of learning how to write.

8. A Water Table and a Sand Table
Not only are both of these materials fun, but children can explore so much with them -- space, size, weight, force, pressure, and volume, says Lilian Katz, Ph.D., codirector of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Of course, 3- and 4-year-olds will understand these concepts only on a very rudimentary level, but when they're older, they'll be able to build on their preschool experience," Dr. Katz says.

9. Physical Activity Every Day
Your child's class will probably go to the playground when the weather is nice. But the school should also have equipment (mats, climbing apparatus, tricyles, or other riding toys) and space for the kids to play actively indoors. "Three- and 4-year-olds are still developing their coordination, and need a chance to practice their basic physical skills," Dr. Katz says.

10. New Materials Introduced Frequently
Some classrooms have an official "discovery table" for displaying items such as autumn leaves or beach glass. "Bringing in new items for the children to explore leads to discussion as well as longer-term projects," Dr. Katz says. For example, an assortment of leaves may prompt a discussion of different types of trees and plants and then inspire the class to plant seeds to see how plants grow, as well as gain an appreciation for the living world around them. "Kids need the chance to wrap their mind around a topic in depth," says Dr. Katz, "and to know that there's something they can come back to and explore the next day."

The Family Access Network (FAN Advocates):

If you have kids
attending school in
La Pine or Sunriver,
you have a FAN Advocate!

La Pine Elementary: 536-1007
La Pine Middle School: 536-7886
La Pine High School: 322-5360
Three Rivers School: 593-3555

FAN advocates help fill families' basic needs:

Published: October 13. 2006 4:00 AM PST
The Bend Bulletin
ORGANIZATION: Family Access Network
HOW IT WORKS: The Family Access Network is made up of 22 advocates who are located in public schools throughout Deschutes County. All public schools in the county have either a part-time or on-call advocate. These staff members help connect local students and families with basic needs such as food, housing, health care and clothing. The advocates are familiar with local aid agencies and the kind of services they offer. FAN also partners with local businesses and organizations that providegoods or services to families in need. Julie Lyche, the program director of FAN, said many advocates are working with homeless families to try to find them housing before the weather gets even colder. During the 2005-06 school year, FAN connected 2,100 kids with clothing (supported through the Assistance League of Bend), helped improve housing for 1,400 families, connected 1,850 families with food assistance, helped 775 families find energy assistance and helped 1,360 families with health coverage or health care needs. Lyche says the goal of this approach is to empower families to take action to help themselves.
WHO QUALIFIES: Any family in need qualifies for services. Parents or children contact their local school to reach their FAN advocate. Many students are referred by teachers.
COST: Free.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers are needed for fundraising events in the spring.

CONTACT: FAN advocates can be reached through local schools. Contact the program director Julie Lyche at 693-5677

Visit FAN online at:

Local, State and National Resources:

Organizations Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents and Resources for Grandparents/Relatives:

Link to 2-1-1 Central Oregon Website:

American Red Cross - Bend- Link:

Family and Misc. Resource Websites with Links:

Links to local, state and national websites offering assistance with human resources of all kinds.

(If you would like a human resource link listed here, please email me with your suggestions. Non-profits only in this section, please.)

ASPIRES: Website and Resource Link for Autism:

Assistance League of Bend Website Link:

Children's Trust Fund of Oregon Resource Links:

La Pine St.. Vincent de Paul Website Link:

Central Oregon Family Resource Center Link:

Deschutes Children's Foundation: La Pine Community Campus

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Link:

Disability Resources for the State of Oregon

Michigan State Library Grant Information Link:


Northwest Education Collaboration Link (nearly 100 links!)

State of Oregon: DHS

Oregon Council on Aging Website: