Duniway All Stars Child Care, Inc. (DAS) is a non-profit program that offers before and after school care, a Pre-Kindergarten program, and a summer camp to the Portland community. Our staff, parents, board and community are proud to have a program located in Duniway Elementary that provides quality care in a safe, nurturing environment. DAS is open from 7am – 6pm and also has a plan “B” option for child care on the in-service and conference days.


Dear Parents-
In the six years that I have had children in DAS, demand for the program’s Before and After Care, All Star Days (previously Plan-B) and Pre-Kindergarten has grown exponentially.  There was no line the first year I registered my now 5th grader for Pre-K.  There was no question that we could get the care we needed on the days we needed it.  That is, unfortunately, just not the case anymore.

Two years ago, DAS successfully expanded the aftercare program from 60 spaces per day to 90 spaces per day.  This is the maximum number of children DAS can care for given the limitations of space available to us at Duniway.  There is no potential to expand the program’s capacity further. We understand that this unfortunately does not allow us to provide care to every family to the full extent that they need it.

 The DAS Board of Directors, comprised of 11 parent volunteers, has heard from families that the registration process is frustrating.  This frustration has prompted us to take the feedback we have been given and, through many hours of careful consideration, update the registration policies for Before and After Care, as well as All Star Days.

The first change is to move up the registration dates for the 2018-19 school year.  Previously, we registered for Before Care, After Care and All Star Days in late May.  For those families who do not get a space, or who do not get all of the care they need, we are moving the registration dates forward to allow more time for seeking alternative child care for the 2018-19 school year.

The second change is to the priority of registration.  This year, there will be no line for DAS registration.  Instead, registration will be done in waves.  The registration waves are as follows:

 Monday, April 9th at 7 AM to Thursday, April 12th at 6 PM

Current families can automatically retain their current schedule.  Beginning on April 9th, all current families will be given a registration worksheet with their child’s 2017-18 DAS schedule (one form per child).  The parent will then sign and return the form before 6 PM on April 12th to retain the current schedule (or remove one or more days from the schedule).  The parent may also indicate if they would like to add care for the upcoming school year, but this will not be automatically granted.

 After we know how many students will be returning to their current schedules, we will register siblings of current students.  We will then look to register current students looking to add care, as stated on their registration form.

 Tuesday, April 17th at 7 AM to Friday, April 20th at 6 PM

Below is the registration form to be entered into our lottery system!


Any family not currently utilizing DAS may submit a registration form with their preferred care schedule.  ALL of these registration forms will be entered into a lottery-type system and priority will be granted based on the lottery.  In order to participate in the lottery, your form must be submitted by Friday, April 20th at 6 PM.  We will then let families know as soon as possible what position they received in the lottery.  Any spaces available will be offered to the first family in the lottery, then the second, etc.

 Again, I want to be clear that there is NO LINE for DAS registration for the 2018-19 school year.  Please just submit your registration form (current families, the forms will be provided to you the week of April 9th) within the registration dates identified above.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any of my fellow board members, with any questions or comments you have.

Best regards,

 Heather Austin, Board President


DAS Registration Policy 2018 (2)

DAS Board of Directors

Heather Austin

Jen Nelson

Becky Koteen

Siv Larsen

Janet Grayson

Susie Pontefract

Amanda Valley

Lindsay Wyant

Sarah Liebler

Jennifer Eggers

Mandy VanSandt

Pre-K for the 2018/2019 School Year is completely full!

If you would like to be added to our wait list please email  ryan@daschildcare.org

Please email director@daschildcare.org or call 503-774-9963 if you have any questions.

Mission Statement

To support families by providing high quality care and education in a positive environment for children at Duniway School and the surrounding community.


Respect: All children, families, and staff members deserve an environment in which they feel equally valued and trusted. Kindness and tolerance are evident in our interactions, and we protect the dignity and confidentiality of all members of our community.
Professionalism: In order to develop our reputation as a program whose staff is knowledgeable, capable, and accountable, we demonstrate integrity and honesty in our communication. We provide a safe, productive environment in which quality is consistently evident.
Collaboration: We demonstrate through our attitudes, our behavior, and our interactions that the Staff and Board are a collaborative team that works together with families to achieve success for our program.
Positive Environment: We provide a friendly, nurturing, child-centered setting in which it is evident that children and staff are enjoying themselves.
Progressive Environment: Through ongoing professional growth and scrutiny of our program, we demonstrate our willingness to consider new ideas, and we strive to provide our children and families with what are considered to be the best practices in our field.


Provide a welcoming environment, and build respectful relationships with all families, children, and staff members.

  • Work cooperatively with the teachers and staff of Duniway Elementary School.
  • Continually improve the quality of child care according to identified best practices.
  • Continually improve the curriculum to incorporate Developmentally Appropriate Practices and encourage children’s active learning in our play-based setting.
  • Manage and support the staff to ensure a productive, positive, safe and nurturing environment.
  • Ensure long-term and short-term fiscal viability.
  • Provide scholarship assistance to low income families.