Inch by Inch Child Development Center

About Us

Hello! Let me introduce myself.  My name is Renee Talerico, and I am the owner, director, and a teacher at Inch by Inch Child Development Center.
My journey began while attending college in 2005, when I accepted a position as a Lead Pre-K teacher at a small private preschool in Palo Alto, California.  I absolutely loved this job, and watching the director with the families was such an inspiration.  Former students would often come to visit, simply to say hello to their old preschool teacher.  It was amazing!  I knew if I ever started my own school, those are the types of relationships I would strive to create. 
While I was working at this preschool, I was also attending San Jose State University, obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies and Business.  In addition, I started taking classes at the local community college, where I completed over 300 hours in Early Childhood Education Courses.  With this combination, I have been awarded with a Step 10 in the Oregon Registry
Pathways to Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education, and an equivalency to a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  

I moved to Oregon in 2008 with my husband, and started working at the Nike Child Development Center as a two's teacher.  In 2009, 
my first child was born.  It was because of him I decided to leave Nike, and open Inch by Inch in my home in 2011.  

After 3 years of succeeding as a daycare in my home, I decided it was time to fly the coop.  It was with pure joy and excitement that I found our beautiful space to build and grow Inch by Inch as a certified preschool center.  It is a dream come true to be able to create an environment that supports the whole child, and allows them to explore and discover.  We focus heavily on building strong foundations and relationships with each child, making every attempt to see the world through their eyes, and support their vision.  

Ms. Cami is our Lead Pre-K teacher and Assistant Director.  Cami and I met while working at the Nike Child Development Center, and she began working at Inch by Inch in 2013.  Cami has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Linfield University.  

Mr. Brandon joined our team this school year as our Lead 3's Teacher.  Brandon has two young children of his own, and has been working as an early childhood educator for 3 years. He has his Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Portland Community College. (not pictured)

Ms. Haeligh is an Assistant Teacher for the 3's group.  She has an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  (not pictured)

Ms. Lisa is our Teacher's Assistant for the 2's group. (not pictured)
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