Portland Parenting Support and Playgroups


Good Samaritan and Emanuel both have baby groups for new parents/caregivers. Their information is not up on a website, so please call 503 415 5498 for information.

Clackamas County has 10 playgroups coordinated by Healthy Start, which are free for all families and children from ages 0 to 5.  Locations are in Canby, Clackamas, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Stafford/Tualatin, West Linn, and Wilsonville at various dates and times.  Check here for all the details.

New Moms support group at Eco Baby Gear
Where: Eco Baby Gear, SE Division and 22nd Ave..
When: Mondays, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Cost: Free!

Mocha Moms Chat and Playgroup: Join the Portland Metro Mocha Moms at Milagros for good conversation and good company. This is the Portland chapter of a nationwide support group for mothers of color who have decided not to work full-time outside of the home. All ages.
Where: Milagros Boutique, 5433 NE 30th Ave.
When: Third Sundays of the month, March through July, 2-4 PM
Cost: Free!

Stealing Time Writing Play Group at Eco Baby Gear. If you’ve ever longed to focus more on your writing, but fallen short due to time, money, circumstances and the presence of small children in your life, first: you are exactly like us. Second: we want to help. Think of this as a homeschool MFA, but with no residency and only the commitment you can muster. We will work on writing while our children play nearby; expect to be challenged and to be enveloped.
Where: Eco Baby Gear, 2122 SE Division
When: Every Tuesday from 10 to 11
Cost: Free!

Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist. Join other moms and bond with your child while exploring their Jewish world through play, music, movement, stories and crafts. Class meets in a preschool classroom with age apropriate toys. Healthy snacks are provided. No charge. A community project of The Gan in conjuction with The PJ Library Portland. You can pop in for a class or join the entire session!
When: Tuesdays 10-11:15am
Cost Free!

Spanish Playgroup. The purpose of this group is to expose little ones to español through song, play, rhymes and reading books out loud.
Where: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont
When: Fridays at 10:30 (check for cancellations)
Cost: $3

PDX Sign Baby. Signing based playgroup/class.  Activities include read-alouds, songs, action rhymes, parachute games.  Plenty of time to meet and socialize with other parents.
Where: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont
When: Thursdays at 2 (check for cancellations)
Cost: $3

New Fathers’ Meetup/Workshop: Need some tools to get you through the rough spots of being a new father? Come and meet other new and soon-to-be dads in a casual environment where you can grab coffee and ask questions — the real questions — and get answers. Run by Dad and Counselor Sam Stevens, MS, LMFT, this group is just for Dads. More details on Meetup.
Where: Cafe au Play 5633 SE Division St. Portland, OR
When: Monthly
Cost: Free!

Community dads group: Come, spend time with your child and meet other dads and their children. This is a volunteer run group offered through the resources of Impact NW, a non-profit organization offering educational and social services to the Portland metro area.
Where: Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave
When: Tuesday evenings.  Please call for details -(503) 988-5961 and ask for Program Supervisor Joel Sommer (x 223).
Cost: Free!

Queer Parents of Portland (QPoP) is for all queer parents no matter your gender (or lack there of) and no matter the age of your little ones. The group embraces community and is meant to provide the support of other queer parents in the area and provide a social setting for families to mingle. Meetings are the fourth Saturday of every month from 10 to 12. For more info, email qpoppdx (at) gmail.com
Where: The Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave
When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 10-12
Cost: Free!

Rachel Starck, LPC, Counselor & Life Coach. Rachel helps frazzled mamas get to feeling fabulous, working with individuals, couples and families on improving stress management, relationship and parenting skills. She focuses her practice on mothers who seek help juggling the ongoing adjustments and transitions of parenthood, with the multiple other hats they wear. Whether you are a new mom feeling overwhelmed with baby, struggling with returning to work after maternity leave, or have been a mom for a while and have hit a rough patch, call Rachel to schedule a complimentary 30 minute consultation(503) 929-2773, or to learn more about how Rachel may help you, click here.
Where: Office located in North Portland one mile west of I5 on N Lombard St
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Cost: Varies

Parents of multiples can check out Full House Moms and Dads for resources and meet-ups.

Those interested in adoption, and adoptive families, can check out Northwest Adoptive Families Association. The website has links to events, such as baby and toddler care classes.

Core Parenting offers semi-regular workshops for frazzled parents.  Please check their website for upcoming opportunities.

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