For Parents

How did Little Vikings come to be?

The idea for Little Vikings was sparked by an article Lisa Wittorff, the Director of the Resource Center for Students with Children, saw about a drop-in childcare center opening at Oregon State. The idea was presented to the Student Fee Committee in Winter 2013, and they encouraged Lisa to submit a proposal for funding to build Little Vikings. The Student Fee Committee approved $160,000 in funding to build Little Vikings, and has committed about $40,000 in annual funding to subsidize the student cost for Little Vikings. During the summer of 2013, RCSC staff, 26 student parents, and numerous PSU staff met together in work groups to further develop the concept of Little Vikings. Our goal is to serve students, staff and faculty in a flexible manner that meets your needs. Please let us know how we can best serve you!

How It Works

Every child who comes to Little Vikings must be registered. You will only need to register your child once, however you are asked to keep the form updated with the most current contact and medical information. Once your child is registered, you will be able to reserve care and you can reserve care for the entire term.

Little Vikings has a limit on care. The limit is 5 hours per child per day, and 20 hours per child, per week. If you have an emergency or special circumstance and need extended care, please email our Director, Marisol Barce at mbarce@pdx.edu.

The care at Little Vikings is charged on an hourly basis. You will be charged for the care you reserve, whether you use it or not. If you reserve care far in advance and cancel it at least 2 working days in advance, you will not be charged for the care. The minimum amount of reserved care is one hour. Check out our Rates page for more information..

Little Vikings also has special “Day Camp” days when Portland Public Schools has in-service or non-school days that coincide with days where class is in session at PSU. On these days, we will have Day Camp available for school-age children, and a special all-day rate for care. Day Camp must be reserved by noon the previous working day. Check out our Day Camp section for more information on upcoming camps.

Little Vikings is a nut-free facility.

What to Bring

Infants and toddlers

  • If your infant/child typically has a bottle during the day, you are required to send at least one bottle.
  • For children who are in diapers/pull ups, an extra set of clothes and additional diapers/pull-ups and wipes are required.
  • If a child is potty training and wearing underwear, an extra set of underwear and change of clothes is required.
  • All diaper bags, bottles, strollers, etc. will be tagged with the child’s name at drop-off.
  • If your child is going to be at Little Vikings during a time when they would normally have a meal, you must send a meal with them.
  • Socks and/or shoes are required to be worn at all times.
  •  One special blanket or stuffed animals is welcome to help make your child feel more comfortable at Little Vikings
  • Please mark your child’s belongings clearly and remember Little Vikings is not responsible for lost or broken personal items.


Preschool/School Age

  • You are required to send a meal or snack if your child will be attending during our posted meal or snack times.
  • School Age children are welcome to bring a chapter book they are reading, or homework to work on.
  • Please DO NOT bring toys from home.  LITTLE VIKINGS has a variety of fun, engaging, games and activities to keep children busy.
  • Please DO NOT bring electronics.  LITTLE VIKINGS has a variety of fun, engaging, games and activities to keep children busy.