Welcome to Joyful Noise!

Together we will be partners in providing a child-oriented environment that embraces the concept of the whole child. Our activities stimulate children’s physical and intellectual development and foster social and emotional growth. Our program seeks to encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment. Through hands-on activities and challenges, the children become willing participants in their own learning cognitively, emotionally, socially, physically and culturally.

When you entrust the care and early education of your child to us, you can expect that the principles guiding that care are rooted in manifesting the following goals cited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):

Relationships: That interactions between children and adults provide opportunities for children to develop an understanding of self and others and are characterized by warmth, personal respect, individuality, positive support and responsiveness. Our teachers facilitate interactions among children to provide opportunities for the development of self-esteem, social competence and intellectual growth.

Curriculum: That our curriculum implementation “reflects the knowledge that young children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their understanding of the world around them.” Program quality is enhanced when “the curriculum encourages children to be actively involved in the learning process, to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials. Young children learn through active manipulation of the environment and concrete experiences that contribute to concept development.”

Partnership: That teachers and families work closely in partnership to ensure high-quality care and education for children, and parents feel supported and welcomed as observers and contributors to the program. We believe in empowering parents by involving them in ongoing relationships as full partners with teachers in supporting their child’s development. “Young children are integrally connected to their families. Programs cannot adequately meet the needs of children unless they also recognize the importance of the child’s family and establish positive relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect. All communication between programs and families should be two-way, but also based on the concept that parents are and should be the principal influence in their children’s lives.”

At Joyful Noise Child Development Centers we plan activities that encourage cooperation, experimentation, and communication among children. We do not force children to operate as a large group for long periods of time. Instead we encourage children to let their curiosity and initiative drive them to make choices from a variety of classroom activities. Our teachers act as guides for these explorations, and investigators along side the children. Our Emergent Curriculum and extensive Projects speak to the children’s individual interests and allow learning within a meaningful context. The children in our centers learn to negotiate, solve problems, and construct their own code of ethics; thereby learning true compassion and developing intrinsically motivated empathy.

Parents who choose such developmentally appropriate environments for their children give them a much greater gift than any rote math or phonics lesson can. Combine this with stability, interaction, communication, and love, within the context of firm boundaries, and their children will have the foundations for successful future learning.

Your invitation…
Visit…ask questions…Join us!

Alice Smith, Executive Director


Our History

Joyful Noise currently operates four employer sponsored, on-site child development centers in the Portland metropolitan area. Beginning in 1989 with the downtown Joyful Noise Child Development Center, the non-profit corporation has expanded, through the Request for Proposal process, to include centers utilized by several Portland municipalities. MetroKids Child Development Center opened in 1994, CityKids CDC in October of 2000, and our latest center, Joyful Noise CDC-Eastside, opened in August of 2005.

From its inception, Joyful Noise has been a regional leader in providing quality early childhood education programs to children. Our centers have been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and continuously seek to renew their accreditation status as it expires. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study and an on-site visit followed by an independent review by national experts. The process carefully considers all aspects of a program including interactions between teachers and children, health, safety, staffing qualification and physical environment. Each center is licensed by the State of Oregon, Employment Department, Child Care Division. A certification specialist has access to each Center at all times to review for compliance with State Child Care Regulations. A formal review, as well as spontaneous visits, is conducted annually.

As we continue to evolve and grow, foremost in our mission is a commitment to provide a high quality program for young children and their families. Our ultimate goal is to convey significant, positive and lasting benefits to the life of a child.