Quality Preschool with Extended Care. Affordable Christian Care just two blocks from MAX on the new streetcar line and the Lloyd Center in Fareless Square. Emphasis on Reading, Music, Drama, Cultural Awareness and Gymnastics. Safe and secure facility preparing your child for success in school and life. Sonbeam DayCare & PreSchool is a Christian, not-for-profit childcare program, with preschool provided for all children enrolled. The center was started by Temple Baptist Church twenty years ago to provide care for the many children represented by the employees in the Lloyd Center community. However, many families from outside this area have realized the convenience of our location to the downtown and many other areas serviced by public transportation. The MAX line delivers people to within four short blocks of Sonbeam and we are located within the free square for parents driving to parking near our facility and hopping the free ride into downtown Portland. Sonbeam Day Care is a developmentally-based daycare center. The main floor is separated into learning centers and classrooms by moveable dividers. Learning centers are designed with appropriate materials to stimulate normal development of the child from 2 years through pre-kindergarten age. Materials are provided for the child to use according to his or her developmental level of skill and complexity. Children are encouraged, through guidance in their play, to explore the various areas and use materials at a level corresponding to each child's developmental stage and age. Books, learning center activities, games, and informal conversations with the teacher allow opportunities for normal language development as children learn special relations (in front of, behind, over, under, in front of, in back of, etc.), comparisons, (bigger, fattest, tallest, first, second, last), concepts (color, texture, size, weight, etc.), time concepts (day and night, soon, the first, before, yesterday, tomorrow, last night, today, last week) , and weather awareness. Opportunities for practicing cutting may begin with play dough before the child is ready for paper. Opportunities for fine motor skills are available in the classroom, and in learning center areas.