Head Start

Portland Public Schools

4800 NE 74th Ave.Portland, OR 97218Ph 503-916-2000Fx

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Head Start News

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  • Early Kindergarten Transition

    The Early Kindergarten Transition program is a school-based, family-oriented summer program designed to increase family engagement in school and improve children’s attendance and success in school. Program dates are July 15 – August 2. Click the link to learn more.
  • Connect to Kindergarten

    Connect to Kindergarten events: Over 20 schools still have orientation events scheduled between now and May 22
  • Attendance Makes a Difference

    Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early
  • Head Start Student Philosophy

    It is Head Start’s goal to ensure a safe, positive learning environment for all children. Positive classroom climate contributes to positive behavior.  Head Start’s discipline philosophy approach consists of five basic components:

    • High expectations for student behavior that are age appropriate;

    • Supportive, secure relationships with adults;

    • Clear, understandable, and predictable routines;

    • Instruction focused on developing skills for self-regulation  and dealing with intense feelings; and

    • Consistent response to student behavior.

    In support of this philosophy and to ensure a safe and positive classroom environment, teachers will design and implement Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Tier 1 strategies that set clear limits, model appropriate behavior, redirect inappropriate behavior, and work with families to solve unique problems.

    All discipline procedures will adhere to Head Start guidelines and Portland Public Schools policies. Teachers will teach expectations and routines that support students in ways to Be Safe, Be Friendly, and Be Ready to Learn. These expectations and routines will be retaught throughout the year.

    Parents will be informed of classroom expectations and routines. They will be engaged as partners in developing additional supports as needed.

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Director's Message

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    Welcome to PPS Head Start!

    We are excited to bring Head Start and parent resources for families with children ages 3 year to 5 years.

    Our schools combine the best of preschool and Head Start programming, early learning know-how and parenting guidance to get families and children off to the best possible start in school.

    Please feel free to call the PPS Head Start to learn more. We look forward to meeting and working with you and your child!

    Eileen Isham and Robert Cantwell
    Co-Directors
    PPS Head Start

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