At the heart of our identity is our essence, encapsulated in one phrase, “making the lives of busy parents less complicated.”
We represent the opportunity for parents to have a simpler outlet for child care. Our beautiful and modern facilities will enrich the mind, promote growth through play, and ensure that the child is well cared for. These are the experiences that everyone that engages with WeVillage will experience.
WeVillage began, and continues to strive to make a difference in the lives of busy working parents. How can we make your busy life easier?
Our focus is on flexible, drop-in childcare. At our facilities we take a whole child approach to childcare including:
• Play-based Learning
• Child directed activities
• Social, emotional, language & cognitive development
• Kindergarten readiness
Aside from our amazing facilities, the experience you receive at a WeVillage should be memorable for both parents and children. Our locations are charged with creating an overall experience that exudes ease and simplicity for the parents that will make them happy to bring their children again and again.
• Flexible, drop-in childcare
• A fun, yet modern design, including our non-traditional colors
• Showcase furnishings
• Hand-selected boutique wooden toys
• Welcoming teachers
• Cheerful children’s music playing in the background
What do you do when you are a busy, entrepreneurial, worldly, single parent, working full-time in the demanding world of production with no family support around you – You come up with one great idea for child care –WeVillage.
Karen Beninati did just that, she saw a huge gap in child care and literally jumped on the opportunity. Karen says, “When my son Luca was young I could not find one single place that I felt comfortable about leaving him”. It’s with these thoughts in mind and Karen’s love of all things beautiful that she came up with the idea of WeVillage and playcare. She says “I wanted to provide an environment where parents wanted to leave their kids and kids wanted to go”. WeVillage in the Pearl has certainly achieved this for Karen and she has now opened her second location at Orenco Station in Hillsboro and .third in Happy Valley
While most of the time Karen is busy with all the behind-the scenes operations, she can also be spotted welcoming parents and kids in her own personal quirky, fun and vibrant manner. Her skills from being a producer, multitasking and literally pulling everything together hold her in good stead for keeping WeVillage staff and kids all in sync. While Karen probably wakes up some days wondering how she ended up owning a very successful kids playcare center, you can see the love she has for the kids as her face lights up when they arrive at WeVillage.
WeVillage staff are creative, energetic and attentive people who love your kids. They go out of their way to ensure your child is loved, well cared for and HAPPY!
• Certified in First Aid and CPR
• Screened and enrolled in the Oregon Criminal Background Registry
• Required to attend ongoing staff development and skill-building workshops
Lauren has has been with WeVillage for 5 years. She is the Director at Orenco Station.
She has an innate ability to get young children to participate in group activities, songs are her favorite. Lauren also has experience working with children with special needs.
When she isn’t working, Lauren loves being in her garden and snuggling with her cat Buddy.
Melissa has been working in childcare for almost 6 years now and has worked with age groups ranging from newborns to 13 years.
Melissa loves going on outdoor adventures with her family, music of all styles, and reading anything from magazines to novels. Working with children, Melissa loves laughing and the special humor kids can bring into your life along with conducting art activities and group games that educate and intrigue our WeKids.
Working with children is a wonderful calling and we would love to give the opportunity to those who are interested. Our WeVillage staff stands by our mission to not only help parents in need of care, but to give children an environment where they can both learn and have fun.
If you want to answer the call of childcare please visit our Careers page and consider applying to WeVillage!