About Cobb Children’s Learning Center

Cobb Children’s Learning Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, committed to ensuring equitable access to high-quality childcare and early education for Douglas County families.

Cobb Childcare and Preschool serves approximately 110 children annually through an emergent, child-centered approach to early education. With more than 25 years of experience, we are one of the only emergent centers in Southern Oregon.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure equitable access to high-quality care and early education for Douglas County, Oregon families.

We believe in educating the whole child and that learning happens best through DOING. Come and join our inclusive community that is warm, inviting, and nurturing for your whole family.

Our Philosophy

We believe that all children are naturally strong, capable learners worthy of our trust and support. We look to each child to help guide us in their learning. We value and respect children and believe their theories and ideas are an important source of curriculum.

Our program builds upon the interests of children. Important areas such as literacy and numeracy development are introduced and woven through all activities, taking place in each early learning domains and play invitation. Within our emergent curriculum philosophy, there are four essential elements.

These are: ‰

  • The Environment ‰
  • The Role of the Educator ‰
  • Observation and Documentation ‰
  • Inquiry

Investing in Your Child’s Future

We know tuition is an investment. We’ve thoughtfully set our rates to balance the impact on families with the professional trainings, program development, equipment and resources, and competitive teacher compensation and benefits required for our standard of care. We are beyond pleased to be able to offer a competetive wage for our staff and individualized education for children in our rural community.

The Value of a Cobb Early Education

We recognize that these first five years only come around once. The Early Years is the time when children develop self-esteem, a sense of belonging and a sense of self worth – the essential skills that form the foundation on which all learning is built. We believe that our approach, with its emphasis on the capabilities of the child, is the best way to enhance the growth of theses skills.

Our Curriculum

The Environment

Quality Early Years Environments are inspiring! We view the environment itself as a teacher, inviting children into action and guiding them into individual and small group play. Environments foster creativity, promote wonder and encourage each child’s natural curiosity and desire to explore and learn…

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The Role of the Educator

Early Childhood Educators are not only nurturers, they are partners, facilitators, observers and co-learners who have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices. Educators understand individual differences and arrange their room so that children can explore at their own pace. They make available a wide range of materials…

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Observation and Documentation

We learn best about children by watching them in action and taking note of the learning that they are experiencing. The purpose or objective of observing and documenting children’s experiences is to…

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The Project Approach is based on the belief that children learn by doing and by experiencing hands-on learning. From a developmental perspective, the very young children in Cobb’s care are at a “sensory-motor” stage of learning, where learning through exploration has shown to be the one of the best ways to…

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"My child coming home giddy every day, full of excitement about what he is learning, lets us know we made the right decision in sending him to Cobb."

The Mulholland Family
"...We couldn't be happier. Wonderful school and family community, great educational offerings, small class sizes, and a welcoming environment. In my personal opinion, it's the best education available in Douglas County."
Aden Bliss
Infant Classrooms

In our infant classrooms, we support them developing as they wish, when they wish without interference.

Toddler Classrooms

In our toddler classrooms, we observe what things they bring into the classroom or choose to play with in their environment, and we help them to go farther and deeper with those explorations.

Preschool Classrooms

In our preschool classrooms, we observe and listen to their expressed interests and support them in their gathering of information and other resources to fuel their in-depth explorations and comprehensive projects.


In Pre-K, children are encouraged to to communicate their thoughts and record their ideas. Children have multiple opportunities throughout the day to develop fine motor skills and finger dexterity using a variety of manipulatives and writing implements.


We enroll throughout the year, as openings develop, with our greatest enrollment from May-July. We typically run a waitlist beginning August 1st each year.

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