Head Start

Portland Public Schools

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

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  • Attendance Makes a Difference

    What can you do?

    Help Your Child Succeed in School:  Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

    Did you know?

    •       Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

    •       Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

    •       Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

    •       Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

    •       Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

    Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

    •       Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

    •       Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

    •       Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.

    •       Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.

    •       Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

    •        If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

  • 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.

Principal's
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    Welcome to Clarendon Regional Early Learning Academy!

    We are excited to bring together Early Head Start, Head Start and parent resources for families with children ages 15 months to 5 years.

    The academy combines 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 academy to learn more. We look forward to meeting and working with you and your child!

    Robert Cantwell
    Co-Director
    PPS Head Start

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