A Longstanding Tradition of Nurturing Children

Elaine and Cindy at Young Learners

Elaine and Cindy

Young Learners opened its doors in 1985 with the hope of offering creative learning to young children. Elaine Bueffel started the preschool after working for eight years at Oregon Gymnastics Academy directing the Tiny Tot Finess program. In 2006 Cindy Canfield joined Elaine as Co-Director. Cindy loved the school and children so much that she took over for Elaine as owner/director in Spring 2008. This new ownership opens an exciting new era for Young Learners while maintaining the same fundamental learning environment that Elaine started so many years ago. Young Learners moved to its current location in June, 2008. We love our new space–we have 6 brand new classrooms, a large and bright gym, a library, and an art room, a spacious foyer and a teacher’s lounge.

Young Learners has been such a positive experience for not only my children but for my family as a whole. We have grown to be a part of this extended family of fellow students, parents, teachers and care givers that meet daily to create a positive learning experience for our kids. The staff is incredible in their passion for learning and teaching and their compassion for young children. When I first enrolled my oldest son into the transition class I was concerned about leaving him as he had always been with me. My concerns quickly faded as I saw how much his teachers cared for him, how loving and kind they treated him and how much he enjoyed the school atmosphere where he could play and have fun while learning at the same time. This philosophy of learning through play was really important to me because I wanted him to enjoy his peers as a three year old while learning school routines, the ABC’s, social norms and age appropriate academia. I was so impressed with my first year at Young Learners that I enrolled my son in the four’s program the following year and Kindergarten last year while introducing my other son into the program through their transition class. I can’t say enough about how wonderful the school has been and how well it has prepared my children for success in elementary school. I look forward to being a part of this “extended family” for years to come as my daughter grows and begins her preschool experience.