Joyful Noise expands into second location

Joyful Noise preschool in Boring has been expanding since it first opened its doors, and it's proud to announce the addition of a second location that will offer the same great service.

Registration for the new location in Estacada will open to the public March 15. Seats will be limited, owner Tracy Sapp said, and the school is expected to start serving the community in September.

“It's kind of a location benefit,” she added. “It'll be small class sizes, the same as our current location.”

Sapp and lifelong friend Michele Mckague own the operation, which began in early 2000 and has seen an increase in student enrollment each year since.

"We both worked in a private school in Gresham, and we thought it would be fun and a good experience. We thought we would start off with one year and see how it goes,” Sapp said.

A curriculum-based structure is offered for the students, known as A Beka, and includes a mixture of learning and play. The structure is similar to that of a home school-based curriculum and one that Sapp is very familiar with.

“It’s pretty rare for a preschool to use a structured curriculum,” she said. “We use it for first year, second year and kindergarten — it’s a phonics-based curriculum”

Both Sapp and Mckague are area natives who know the area and care for the community they call their own.

The duo’s history goes far beyond working together, too. They met at the age of the students they now serve.

“We have known each other since the first grade, and now we’re in our 40s,” Sapp said. “We’ve raised our own kids together.”

Both women attended area schools together.

“We both went to Firwood grade school, Cedar Ridge Middle School and Sandy High School,” she added.

Sapp and Mckague often have seen other friends from their high school days come through Joyful Noise to drop off their own children.

The true sense of community, Joyful Noise is spreading just that. More information can be found at

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