Hawthorne Family Playschool cooperative is a play-based, anti-bias preschool in Portland, OR.

Justice is what love looks like in public.” – Cornel West

Featured image: ‘Abernathy Children on front line leading the Selma to Montgomery March for the Right to Vote’ by the Abernathy family. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

HFP’s teacher, Susan Eisman, will be teaching at FREEDOM CAMP, an educational event for young people ages 5 years through High School on the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday that honors and teaches about the people, events, and music of the Civil Rights Movement, and the efforts for social justice that continues today.

When: MLK Day/January 20, 2020; 1:00 pm to 4:30pm  Where: Ainsworth United Church of Christ (NE 30th& Ainsworth)

Sponsored by: Threads of Justice Collective (An informal group of early childhood educators who work together to promote social and cultural justice for all children).

There is no charge for Freedom Camp, but we greatly appreciate a $3.00 donation per family or adult attending.  Snacks and dessert provided.

For More Information & to Register: click Freedom Camp.  Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Free Anti-Racist Community Workshops for parents, grandparents, teachers and allies to young children. 

Led by Susan Eisman, Director and Preschool Teacher at Hawthorne Family Playschool.  

Upcoming Free Community Workshops in 2020

Made possible thanks to the generous grant from Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of OJCF

Feb 18th & June 10th: Using Children’s Picture Books to Promote Conversation, Reflection, Equity and Inclusion

April 22nd: Moving from Colorblind to Race Conscious Parenting and Teaching


“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.”    

— Frederick Froebel

“An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

– Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder


HFP strives to be a diverse and affirming community of all families, embracing those that are multiracial, LGBTQ , divorced, or blended, as well as families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and/or marital status.