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Leaven Community affirms the sacred interconnection of all and the creative and liberative power within our connective relationships.

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5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


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Swap 'n' Work And Play (SWAP)

An organizing action of Leaven Community members, friends and neighbors


SWAP Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am-1pm

SWAP is an organizing action of Leaven Community parents and intergenerational adults who have formed a child care cooperative. We meet in a space at Leaven Community Center at 5431 NE 20th Avenue. We meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9am to 1pm, with at least two adult guiding 3-6 children, ages 18 months to preschool-aged, through daily activities.

Although we do have some in our midst, we are not childcare professionals. We are loving parents who want to embody nurturing practices for raising young children in community. We want our children to develop lasting, intergenerational relationships in their neighborhoods. We are doing this together to create these relationships and to have access to low cost child care. 

The sharing economy is very rewarding and below are the ways SWAP works and continues to evolve. For inquiries contact us at swappdx@gmail.com.

SWAP Participation

Monthly Gathering (1.5 hours per month)
This required parent meeting serves as a space for both big picture and day-to-day collaborative decision-making. During this time we may discuss our shared agreements, talk through challenges, or just take time to get to know each other while sorting through craft supplies. 

We ask for a voluntary sliding-scale donation to Leaven Community. This helps offset facility and program costs. Inquire at swappdx@gmail.com for current information.

Registration Forms

  • About Me
  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid Training and Certification
  • Background Check
  • Parental Requirements Agreement 
  • Emergency Form
  • SWAP Photo Release

SWAP has volunteer opportunities for people who love interacting with children and providing child friendly environments. Volunteers can sign up for caregiving shifts ranging from two to four hours. Other ways of helping are also available. For more information contact us at swappdx@gmail.com.

Co-Working Space
Parents are welcome to remain in the building and use the the Leaven Community Sunroom (a co-working space from 9am-5pm) and common areas for work, reading and relaxation. Cafe Comunidad, (a pop-up cafe in the Sunroom), is open every Thursday from 9am-1pm. A Bilingual yoga class is also offered in the sanctuary from 12 noon-1pm. 



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