We believe childhood should be a time of limitless exploration. There’s something magical about the wide-eyed curiosity and unbridled energy when children discover new possibilities. As caretakers of this next generation, we invest our time and resources so our kids get the opportunity to try new things, follow their interests, develop skills, and expand their horizons. Not only to grow their individual abilities, but to enrich their characters and forge relationships with others. It’s not about keeping them occupied or busy, it’s about finding what inspires them to be truly enthralled in an experience. All the while seeking peace-of-mind as parents and guardians that we’ve left them in a safe, well looked after environment until we return.

As curators of these curious minds, many of us well-intentioned parents and guardians feel overwhelmed when it comes to wading through what’s possible–often learning about it once it’s already sold out. We seek opportunities that align with our child’s interests, have space, are affordable, and meet a growing list of other criteria. In a fragmented world where families are left to fend for themselves, Growing Upwards provides an easy-to-use, one-stop resource so families may be more aware and gain greater access to the many diverse childcare, camps, and class experiences out there waiting to be explored.

This is just the start. We’ll keep adding new features and make improvements along the way so check back often. If there’s something we think can do better or should consider adding, we’d love to hear your input and feedback. The goal is to all spend less time searching on the internet and more time with our kids! Drop us as line at [email protected]

Now go explore a world of possibilities!




  • We know and love PDX–we have our ears to the ground, so we can provide the most comprehensive go-to resource for all things childcare, camps, and classes. We drink Stumptown, root for the Timbers, and are using Growing Upwards to find resources for our own families.
  • We make it easier to find what you’re looking for— with a searchable and filterable hub of providers, we save you time by giving you the ability to zero in on what matters most to your families and situation. So whether you want to explore a universe of possibilities or look for the perfect needle in a haystack, we’ve got you covered.
  • We are a force of good in the community–our mission is to promote enriching experiences for ALL KIDS, working to make childcare, camps, and classes inclusive and accessible regardless of income, race, or physical abilities can participate in diverse experiences throughout their youth. As we grow, we plan to offer scholarships for at-risk and under-served youth, be a resource for communities of color, and reinvest back into the community. If this resonates with you, learn more about our mission and how you can support our work here.




An avid seeker of adventure, Leslie spent many years traveling the world with long pauses in Peru, Thailand, and Galle, Sri Lanka, where she started her first business, Blue Sky Travels. Her son Ari was born in 2007 and shortly thereafter she founded Yoga Playgrounds, now Portland’s premier school-based yoga program for kids.Leslie at Growing Upwards