The Understory is a learning environment for children ages 3-5 years, also known as preschool, also known as a nursery school.

The Understory is a fun and cozy place, homelike and interesting.

The Understory is a community of young children, led by a wise and loving teacher.

The Understory is a garden for growing little people.

The Understory provides children with room to play and explore; nourishment for their bodies, hearts, and minds; friendships and social skills; fresh air and sunshine and earth and rain.

The Understory is a children’s garden as envisioned by the educator Friedrich Fröbel, who in 1837 created a “care, playing and activity institute for small children”, which he called kindergarten.

The Understory is a nursery for young children to be gently guided in their growth.



The Understory is located in the Hawthorne/Belmont area of Southeast Portland, just down the street from Sunnyside Environmental School (SES).    Children 3 and 4 years of age are invited join us!

Schedule & Tuition

School days are Tuesday-Friday 8:45am-12:45pm during the school year. For 2024-2025, tuition is $840/month. There are 10 equal payments during the school year (September-June).

To apply…

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR. Please use the contact form to schedule a phone call and a visit.

Mia Pisano