First Place Kids

Child Care Assistance At
First Place Kids Early Childhood Program

First Place Kids (FPK) is a unique child care assistance program located within St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. FPK has provided families experiencing homelessness with access to early childhood education and care for children ages 0-5 since 2011. Our goal is to reduce barriers to early childhood education, facilitate kindergarten readiness, and address educational delays by providing direct services within the FPK classroom. FPK’s preschool curriculum helps children develop essential social emotional skills, while families are provided with essential respite on their path to stability.

Child Care Assistance

Services at FPK

First Place Kids offers four areas of child care assistance. Together, these areas provide a one-of-a-kind model of support to families in need:

  • Therapeutic Childcare: a low-barrier, trauma-informed child care program that works to meet the immediate needs of children and families who are actively experiencing homelessness and/or living in extreme poverty
  • Family resource coordination, advocacy, and referrals
  • Family enrichment and bonding activities
  • Collaboration with partner agencies and community engagement

There are no attendance requirements for our program, and we offer all our services free of charge.

Location and Hours 

To access FPK services, families should visit or contact: 

First Place Family Center

1995 Amazon Parkway
Eugene, OR 97405

541-342-7728

Nearby LTD bus routes: 36, 24, and 28

Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

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Child Care Assistance

Support First Place Kids

First Place Kids is consistently seeking support from volunteers and interns in order to provide a high level of child care assistance. We provide many opportunities for community members to directly impact children and families experiencing homelessness. Please get in touch with us at (541) 650-4218 for more information on how to get involved.