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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  • PPS Head Start Device Distribution - Sept 8

  • Head Start Counselors available during Covid-19 Closure

    Connect with your Head Start counselors! 

    These can be stressful times, even for young children

    We are available by phone, text, or email for help with:

    • Managing your stress or your children’s stress   

    • Supporting your children with things like: 

      • changes in sleep, behavior, or mood 

    • Finding assistance or mental health services

    If you want to connect:

    leave us your name, your child’s name, their Head Start, and your number at:


    If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can call the county crisis line for immediate support 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.


    ¡Conéctese con una consejera de Head Start!

    Estos pueden ser momentos estresantes, incluso para niños pequeños

    ¡Estamos disponibles por teléfono, mensaje de texto, o correo electrónico para ayuda con:

    • Manejando su estrés o el estrés de sus hijos.

    • Apoyando a sus hijos con cosas como:

      • cambios en el sueño, el comportamiento, o el estado de ánimo

    • Encontrando asistencia o servicios de salud mental

    Si quiere conectarse:

    deje su nombre, el nombre de su hijo, su Headstart, y su número de teléfono en


    Si está experimentando una crisis de salud mental, puede llamar a la línea de crisis del condado para obtener ayuda inmediata 24 horas al día al 503-988-4888.

  • State Program Offers Families Help to Pay for Food

    State Program Offers Families Help to Pay for Food

  • 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.

District News

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


Director's Message

  • Dear PPS Head Start community,

    History is happening before our eyes, and it is directly affecting the Head Start community. People are taking action to protest the violence, injustice, and trauma inflicted on Black Americans, joining their voices together in demanding it stop now. Today and every day, the PPS Head Start community is united in the belief that Black Lives Matter, and we will not be silent in the face of any threat to that belief. 

    Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and all others whose lives have been senselessly cut short. We want to acknowledge the additional layers of trauma and pain that our colleagues, students, and families of color are experiencing right now, compounding the disproportionate amount of stress and suffering many are already feeling during the COVID-19 crisis. 

    To our staff and families of color, we want you to know that we see you, we respect you, and we support you. PPS Head Start renews its commitment to actively disrupting and dismantling racism. We know that the fight against oppression and hate cannot rest alone on the shoulders of people of color. We must lead it together. 

    Superintendent Guerrero wrote last week, “We cannot remain neutral about racism. We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with our community in the fight against anti-Black racism. These violent acts traumatize us as students, family members, educators, and community members, and I share in your grief and anguish. Now more than ever, we must remain resolute in our commitment to Black students.” 

    How we, as a united community respond, can have long lasting effects on how we progress as a community, as a nation, and as a world. Know that we stand with you. Let us continue to reach out and support one another. It is time for action as well as dialogue.

    We cannot, and will not, be silent about pervasive and systemic racism impacting Communities of Color. Today, we deepen our commitment to dismantling inequitable and harmful systems and structures. We will actively and intentionally work to end the ingrained patterns of marginalization and disproportionality that harm children of color and their families. Today, more than ever, we embrace this imperative.

    In solidarity,

    Robert Cantwell, Director 

    Eileen Isham, Director 

    Nalota Herms, Education Supervisor 

    Jason Roepel, Education Supervisor

    Carol Lowry, Family Service Manager

    Katie McNeil, Mental Health Manager

    Susan Fodell, Inclusion Manager

    Jean Borgerding and Dea Tran, MESD Nurses

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