Little Vikings Facilities and History


How did Little Vikings come to be?

May we introduce ourselves? Little Vikings is the newest addition to childcare options at Portland State. The idea for Little Vikings was sparked by an article Lisa Wittorff, the Director of the Resource Center for Students with Children (RCSC), 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 the new center. 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 the new center. 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!

Little Vikings is located in Epler Hall, on the ground floor. This location provides easy access to the rest of campus and your little ones are never far away. In order to document how much has changed, we put together from before, during and after the development of Little Vikings! Enjoy.

The red are reflects the designated space for the new Childcare facility.

The red are reflects the designated space for the new Childcare facility.

The campus was evaluated to find the best spot for the new child care center. The committee finally settled on this space in Epler Hall.

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This is what Epler Hall looked like from the outside before Little Vikings!

Epler Hall

Epler Hall from the outside

The inside of Epler Hall was a drab office space.

The inside of Epler Hall was a drab office space.

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But then things started to change!

But then things started to change!

The entryway turns into a kid-friendly reception.

The entryway turns into a kid-friendly reception.

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There is room for both infants and older children

After a lot of hard work, Epler Hall now has its very own child care center for children from 6 weeks to 12 years!

Colorful murals adorn the walls

Colorful murals adorn the walls

Little Vikings is well stocked with toys, pens, books and other supplies!

Little Vikings is stocked with toys, pens, books and other supplies

Aaand we're open for business!

Aaand we’re open for business!

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