📍584 NE Burnside Rd. Gresham, OR 97030
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Rising Stars Creative Arts Pre-School in Gresham

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Foster the joy of music, movement and artistic expression in your child today!

Rising Stars Creative Arts Pre-School is a half-day preschool program for children ages 3-5 with a focus on the fine arts. As well as offering regular pre-school curriculum, students in our Rising Stars Pre-School enjoy dance, drama, music and tumbling.  Its a very family-friendly, nurturing environment for your little ones first "school-type" experience!

Our curriculum is designed to be a perfect blend of play-based learning and Kindergarten readiness. Therefore, our students start Kindergarten with the skills necessary to be confident and successful in the years to come.

Classes at Preschool for the Arts runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am - 12:30pm on a traditional school schedule.

Daily Schedule

  •  9:30 Doors open. Sign your student in. Free play (fine motor, socio-emotional, gross motor, language development, problem-solving).
  • 10:00 Clean up time & Circle, Calendar or Activity related to current focus/project
  • 10:30 Bathroom break & wash hands for snack
  • 10:45 Snack then free play
  • 11:00   Clean up song. Split into small groups for songs, movement, dancing or activity related o current focus/project
  • 11:55 Lessons & Stations
  • 12:15 Clean up. Going home transition
  • 12:25 Parents are let in and they aid in getting ready to go home
  • 12:30 Sign child out. Farewell friends.  See you next time!

We pledge to provide all this in the utmost caring & nurturing environment.

About Our PreSchool in Gresham


About Us

Deborah Messinger School of Dance has been in Gresham for 40+ years. Nine years ago, we added an Academic Pre-School in the same building called the Rising Stars Pre-School.

At Risings Stars, we understand that children learn best by being engaged. Whether its your child’s 1st pre-school experience or preparing for Kindergarten, curriculum is designed to set a foundation for success.  Through a variety of experiences, children will develop valuable skills. 

Academically, we focus on: Letter recognition & sounds, number recognition, counting, days of the week, months of the year, writing & pre-reading, basic science concepts, music & movement concepts and LOTS OF IMAGINATION & CREATIVITY.

Socially, we focus on: respect of others & their property, building friendships, using our “words”, basic problem solving.

There’s play/open gym time to work on gross motor skills as well as teacher-led creative movement activities and tumbling. 

We focus on building their self-confidence and a positive self-image. They use their energy & talents in an active, fun atmosphere to enhance their individuality. 

See Our PreSchool in Action

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Our Tuition Fees

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  • Tuition is: $140/mo for 2 days per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • Tuition is: $200/mo for 3 days per week (Tuesdays, Wedesndays & Thursdays)
  • There is a one time per school year supply fee of $80.00 
  • There is a 25% discount for a sibling in pre-school.
  • Pre-School meets 9:30AM-12:30PM 

  • You many enroll at any time throughout the school year.



Our Staff

Hi! My name is Rachel Barbieri, and I am the lead teacher at Rising Stars Pre-School. I am truly honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to work with your young children! I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new time in you and your child’s lives, starting these students on a path of a love for learning. As a mother of three, I have come to know from experience that each child has their own unique needs, learning processes, and personalities, and I am excited to participate in your child’s personal growth and preparing them for the “big world” of kindergarten.

I focus on supporting individual expression in creativity, developing emotional intelligence, building social and academic skills, finding personal coping strategies beyond the classroom setting, and having confidence in their learning and communication abilities. Children all develop at different rates, and I am thankful for the intimate setting at Rising Stars that allows me to give a lot of individualized attention to each student. I have enjoyed working with elementary, and pre-elementary students in the Portland Metro area for the past six years, continuing to do so remotely during the crazy pandemic years, and then working with adjusting students back to life in a regular classroom setting. I received my Bachelors Degree from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and my Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT. I also graduated from a two year program through the Institute of Children’s Literature. I completed my Safe Schools training through the Reynolds School District and have had the opportunity to work with many amazing educators of various backgrounds throughout the community.

I know that pre-school can be a big step for parents and children, and am confident that your student will look forward to coming to school, making new friends, exploring creativity, and learning many new things. I can’t wait to get to know your children, and building memories that they will look back on fondly!

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