Westside Shorty's Daycare and Preschool in Bend Oregon

Memories of Westside Shorty's Creative Learning Center

Its hard to believe that its already been three years since my twins "graduated" from Westside Shorty's Creative Learning Center in Bend, Oregon! When we moved to Bend from Seattle, they were just starting preschool, and Westside Shorty's was the perfect fit for our family.

Although the twins are now in second grade, it really doesn't seem that long ago that I was dropping them off each morning at the cheery red building with the playground out back. I'm still friends with the Co-Directors of Westside Shorty's - as well as a number of the teachers that spent many fun days with my kids!

There are a number of factors you'll want to see in a quality day care/preschool environment, and Westside Shorty's has them all. Many day care centers and preschools are found throughout the Central Oregon region. You can be confident that your child will have a loving, stimulating, safe environment at Westside Shorty's.

Westside Shorty's in Bend, Oregon (all photos used with permission of Westside Shorty's)
Westside Shorty's in Bend, Oregon (all photos used with permission of Westside Shorty's)

A Quality Day Care and Preschool Environment

Safety and health are two of the most important factors to consider with respect to a day care and/or preschool. After all, you are a concerned parent or caregiver. When you are away from your child for a few hours, or the day, you want to make sure that they are safe.

Westside Shorty's is a state certified child care center in Bend, Oregon, situated on the west side of the City, off of Galveston (about 2 blocks west of Drake Park). Whether you need full day care, preschool a few days a week, or even after kindergarten care, Westside Shorty's is conveniently located near many businesses and thoroughfares.

How do you know whether you have selected a quality day care and/or preschool environment?

Signs of a good child care center include:

  • Enforced policies regarding authorized pick-up of children
  • Locked doors and windows to ensure that only authorized people are allowed in the facility
  • Background check required of all employees
  • Clean, health-inspector approved kitchen and bathrooms
  • Healthy preparation of and serving breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Compliance with state-required ratios of staff to children
  • Age-appropriate activities and learning
  • Enforced policies regarding illness and keeping sick children home
  • Enforced policies to keep toys clean and germ-free
  • Safe, engaging toys, books, games and outdoor play facilities

Colorful and bright interior of Westside Shorty's preschool and day care
Colorful and bright interior of Westside Shorty's preschool and day care
Awbrey LeFave: Director of Westside Shorty's Daycare and Preschool in Bend, Oregon
Awbrey LeFave: Director of Westside Shorty's Daycare and Preschool in Bend, Oregon

What Makes Westside Shorty's Different than Other Day Cares and Preschools in Central Oregon?

I talked with Awbrey LeFave, one of the Co-Directors of Westside Shorty's about her passion for her profession and why Westside Shorty's should be a parent's first choice for child care in Central Oregon.

"We created Westside Shorty's so that families can feel safe leaving the children in our care. We like Westside Shorty's to feel as if it was their second home. We hire staff that have compassion and love for children and are excited to come to work. We offer meals (most childcares do not)."

Westside Shorty's focuses on individual development of each student. Depending on age and maturity, children are placed in one of several "classes," with appropriate education (music, Spanish and simple math) within a structured program. Plenty of time for creativity, play - and nap times - is included!

Convenient transportation to Westside Shorty's in Bend, Oregon
Convenient transportation to Westside Shorty's in Bend, Oregon

We Had a Great Feeling About Westside Shorty's

Perhaps nothing is as useful in a child care center review than a personal story from a parent who has a child that has attended the facility. Westside Shorty's opened in May 2006, just a few months before we relocated our family from Seattle to Bend, Oregon.

My mother-in-law (who lives in nearby Sisters, Oregon) heard a radio advertisement for the new child care facility, so we put it on our list of centers to check out when we arrived. Our boy-girl twins were only 3 years old. Prior to our move, they had spent days at home with babysitters or a nanny. Needless to say, we were anxious about leaving them in a corporate day care setting.

Westside Shorty's was the third (and final) day care center we checked out in Bend. I met Awbrey and Holly - the co-directors - and was very impressed. The first few days we left the twins were so tough, but Holly really took to my son and they waved from the window every day as I headed off to work.

At the end of each day, we had a written account of what they ate, how much they slept and when they used the bathroom! Frequent walks to the park and engaging art, language and music classes helped the twins get excited each day we arrived.

Before long, we were hiring teachers from Westside Shorty's to babysit. 4 years later, we are still using some of these great people to watch our kids in the evening!

Several years after our kids graduated from Westside Shorty's to elementary school, we are still in contact with and friend of the co-directors!  I run into former teachers from the school all the time here in the relatively small community of Bend, Oregon!

I believe that both kids had a great foundational education and, most importantly, felt safe and loved while we were at work.

A markerWestside Shorty's Creative Learning Center -
609 NW 12th St, Bend, OR 97701, USA
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Friends and fun at Westside Shorty's preschool and day care
Friends and fun at Westside Shorty's preschool and day care

Contact Information and Details for Westside Shorty's

Address: 609 NW 12th Street, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: 541-318-0555

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm (closed on major holidays)

Child Care Available: Ages 3 (potty trained) to 7

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

This child day-care program sounds both progressive and comprehensive;)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you - we really enjoyed having our children go to school at Westside Shorty's!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Super job and loved all the pictures - looks like a great place to be!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Audrey! It is a great little school in a perfect location. I just love Holly and Awbrey (the directors) of Westside Shorty's! :)


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In The Doghouse 6 years ago from California

Steph,

Once again a quality Hub with great information about this darling day care center in your area. I can see why you made West Side Shorty's the choice for your preschoolers.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Diana! We are very happy that our twins enjoyed Westside Shorty's so much - we met a lot of great parents there too!


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, you're so lucky to have found a place like Westside Shorty's for your children! It sounds positively amazing. Thanks to your guide, hopefully many more parents will be able to appreciate it as well!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Simone! I can say that, years ago, we experienced a not-as-positive day care environment for our oldest son. It was so great to be relaxed about having our children spend the afternoon at Westside Shorty's with people whom I considered friends! :)


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Congratulations! A Winning Hub indeed!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Lilly! Written from the heart!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Alright - virtual high 5!! So glad you won and I just knew it yesterday. I had a feeling you were going to win one of those. Awesome hub and loved the pictures!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Congrats on the win, Steph. This hub is so informative and CUTE! I can tell it was really written from the heart :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

Westside Shorty's! What a grand name and the photos look homey and comfortable as well as stimulating to young children. Rated up several ways!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Om and Patty! I love writing articles like this where I can share my own experiences. I'm very grateful to Awbrey for allowing me to use the photographs of her wonderful day care. Best, Steph


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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

Wow, wish we had daycare centers like this in our area! You really did an awesome job, great pics, and adding the personal interview was wonderful! Voted up and shared on Digg! It's no wonder you are a winner.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you! I'll go find the Digg submission. Yes, it was an easy hub to write not only because of our own experience, but since we are still great friends with the owners/directors at Westside Shorties! :)


Awbrey LaFave 6 years ago

Stephanie,

What a great article! We are so happy that your experience at Westside Shorty's was a positive one! We are so proud of the work we do, and it is so gratifying to know it has such a positive effect on the children involved!

We still miss seeing your twins everyday, but we are so pleased they are doing so well in elementary school!

Thank you!

Awbrey & Holly


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks you guys! Every time I drive down Galveston, I think of the school there. You guys are terrific directors and we have such great memories of Westside Shorty's!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Excellent Hub! I remember when the kids had to be entrusted to other while I worked. This is an excellent guide and recommendation for a Child Care facility. Thanks.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Lilly, Thank you - I remember when my kids were little, too. In fact, my oldest is now 13, but I really recall when he was tiny and we were researching good day care/preschool facilities. Best, Steph


R. Rosche 4 years ago

I would not recommend this childcare facility, we had the absolute worst experience!

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