Our Story

Mission Statement:

Sweet Pea’s mission is to create a space which is safe and nurturing for all children; where the “whole” child is encouraged socially, emotionally, and academically. We encourage each child to develop a strong curiosity for exploring and learning through play. We respect each child as an individual and offer opportunities to problem solve for themselves and to grow with a positive self-esteem.

Our focus is on creating a rich environment offering many centers for exploring, creating and imaginary play. The emphasis is on social and emotional growth during the early childhood years, ages 1-5. Our academic learning is introduced through activities, games, books themes and sensory play.


  • Sweet Pea Child Enrichment Centers began in 2004 with our first building in Gladstone Oregon.
  • Five years later in 2007, we moved into our second building in Milwaukie.

Meet Our Teachers

Since 1997 I have worked as a preschool teacher in a variety of different preschool settings. These included, 4 years in a non-profit co-op preschool and 3 years in a private school, Pre-K through 8th grades. In 2007 I opened my second school, Sweet Pea Preschool, located on Harrison St. in Milwaukie. I love working in the early childhood industry. It thrills my heart to see each child’s sense of wonder, discovery and ‘can do’ attitude develop.
My name is Erin. I have been in involved in early childhood since 2005. In 2007 I started with Sweet Pea Preschool as a toddler teacher. Over the years I worked with all ages. In 2015 I became the director and lead preschool teacher. Creating teachable moments in the classroom both academically and socially is my favorite part of my day. I find working with children is the most gratifying work I have ever done. Please schedule a tour so that I can show you around our cozy little center.
JACKIEAssistant Director
I am originally an Oregonian. In 2015 I graduated with an Associates in Early Childhood Education in Arizona. I worked 2 years as a head start teacher. In 2017, I moved back to the Milwaukie area to be closer to family. This is when I started with Sweet Pea Preschool. This is a different kind of center compared to where I have worked in the past. Sweet Pea is vested in the children and the community. You can feel and see the difference.


Sweet pea preschool is a great place for children to grow socially and emotionally.

Sabreezy Zeglinski

5 Stars for the great care they provided my daughter!

Monica Moscato

We have two children that attend sweet pea..and have NEVER seen, more less experienced any issues with the staff or the facility..the staff have always been professional and dedicated to the quality of child care parents expect..the director Mrs Erin has gone above and beyond on multiple occasions to accommodate our personal needs..I wholeheartedly feel that the children are #1 in the staff’s priority’s..we WOULD,HAVE AND WILL recommend this preschool to family and friends!! Thank you MRS Erin and staff for the service you provide for the children of our little Milwaukie. Sincerely, Jenny m. And family.

Jenny Mcadams

As a first time, mom putting a child into preschool, was a delicate thing. I was very picky. I was blessed to find Sweet peas! The facility is clean, organized, and filled with fun interacting learning for toddlers. The staff is excellent! Very attentive to the needs of each child. If I have any issue at all they are quick to address it and are very approachable. They often have theme weeks, where the kids get to express themselves individually. They celebrate birthdays and other special days with healthy snacks and fun. My daughter feels so loved and safe here. She’s always excited to go to school and brings home beautiful projects and stories! I love that I have access to daily reports and pictures of my little ones activities. Thank you sweet pea for being so awesome!! I recommend you guys to everyone

Roxy Vanni

My wife and I both work full time and it was a huge relief to have an affordable, safe place for our son to be while we worked and it was really nice to have the peace of mind to know he was learning everyday as well. My son is at the top of his 5th grade class and is testing way above the state average and I know it was from the jump start he got at Sweet Pea Preschool.

Daniel Kemble

Thank you for your amazing, wonderful help over the last 3 years. When we brought Noelle to your school, we felt instantly calm and safe to enroll our little one. Now, 3 years later, as we are moving away we are so very grateful for you and all that you have taught our daughter and us! We will miss you very much! Thank you for shaping our daughter into the kind, caring and crazy girl she is.

Ivie Family

Thank you for taking such good care of our little girl.  She has had a good time and has made a lot of friends.

Horner Family

I am a single mom, who was in need of a preschool, daycare and after school care for my boys, now 3 and 7.  I toured a lot of places and had many referrals. I even tried a couple for a week at a time. I was not happy with any, until Sweet Pea Preschool… I appreciated being able to talk to her honestly about the business and about my kids on a daily basis.

Greenleaf Family

I would just like to compliment you and your staff on the fine curriculum you all implement, many of our family members have commented on Fiona’s skills with numbers and letters. She has really excelled at her ability with numbers this year and the music has been great as well. Fiona will often just start singing many of the different children rhymes spontaneously and repeating them correctly with clear enjoyment.

Leffler Family


Get in touch today and lets schedule a visit so you can see Sweet Pea for yourself.