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PHOTO CREDIT: JOEY PAYNTER  - Children play at Peninsula Children's Learning Center. The Portland nonprofit recently agreed to merge with Neighborhood House.Neighborhood House partners with Peninsula Children’s Learning Center

Neighborhood House announced an agreement Aug. 16 to merge with Portland nonprofit Peninsula Children’s Learning Center (PCLC), which seeks to provide high-quality child care that’s affordable to all income levels.

Through the merger, PCLC will maintain its name but will become a program of Neighborhood House.

Neighborhood House’s Executive Director, Rick Nitti, said he and his team were “gratified” at the chance to expand their partnership with PCLC.

“The Center’s long history of providing care and nurturing to the youngest children makes it a perfect fit for our mission of supporting families and helping them overcome challenges,” he said in a release from Neighborhood House.

According to the release, the merger is slated to become legally finalized around Sept. 1.

Neighborhood House, founded in 1905, is based in Multnomah Village and serves low-income people of all ages by providing Head Start early childhood care classes, emergency food boxes, transitional housing, Senior Center programs and many other services.

PCLC was founded in 1970 as St. Johns Day Care and currently provides services on a sliding-fee scale to more than 250 infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children each year. Under the new agreement, the center will continue to provide full-day care and preschool to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old from its North Maryland Ave. location, and it will also continue to provide after-school care and summer day camps at several Portland Public Schools elementary schools.

Since both PCLC and Neighborhood House provide high-quality early childhood programming, the merger will allow the organizations to work more efficiently by sharing expertise and best practices on educational curriculum, assessments, staff training, family support services and other service delivery issues, according to the release.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Board members from SEMpdx present a check to Brody Borlaug Foundation co-founder Jeff Borlaug (right) at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Donation pushes Brody Borlaug Foundation over $50,000 goal

The Brody Borlaug Foundation has exceeded its summer fundraising goal of $50,000, thanks to a $4,000 donation from SEMpdx, a Portland-based nonprofit association of search engine marketing professionals, according to a release from SEMpdx.

The foundation, also known as Team Brody, was founded in 2011 by Raleigh Hills residents Jeff and Tracy Borlaug in memory of their son Brody, who died from complications of primary immunodeficiency. The Borlaugs have partnered with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to establish a world-class Pediatric Immunology program at the hospital, which would serve children with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, metabolic disorders and pediatric immunodeficiency disorders. 

SEMpdx selected the Brody Borlaug Foundation as its charity of choice one year ago. The group has provided pro-bono digital marketing services, including website design, search engine optimization, social media marketing and management of the Google Grants program for advertising donations. 

“Being SEMpdx’s charity of choice has been an honor,” Jeff Borlaug said in the release. “Not only has the group helped us raise funds, but their guidance has also been invaluable to us as we work to engage new audiences in creating lasting change in pediatric immunology.”

— Kelsey O’Halloran

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