Head Start

Portland Public Schools

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

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  • Enrolling now for 2023-2024 School Year!

    PPS Head Start is accepting applications for children who will be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2023!

    Head Start is a free preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

    Click here to enroll online.

    Head Start es un programa pre-escolar gratuito que promueve la preparación escolar de niños y niñas de tres a cinco años de edad que vienen de familias de bajos ingresos para realzar su desarrollo cognitivo, social y emocional.

    Head Start là một chương trình giáo dục mầm non miễn phí xúc tiến các trẻ em từ ba đến năm tuổi của những gia đình có mức thu nhập thấp sẳn sàng đi học qua sự phát triển về nhận thức, giao tiếp, và sự cảm xúc của các em.


    “Head Start” является бесплатной программой дошкольного обучения, которая способствует подготовке детей к школе в возрасте от трёх до пяти лет из семей с низким уровнем дохода за счёт повышения их познавательного, социального и эмоционального уровня развития.

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  • 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

  • Greetings PPS Head Start community,

    We want to wish all our students, families, and community members a safe and healthy summer. This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging yet stimulating years in recent memory. We learned we had the strength and resources to provide the best supports and services we could given the circumstances. We also watched as our students modeled resilience and a joy for learning that could not be extinguished. We will expand on what we have learned and continue our focus on every student, every family, and every staff member succeeding!
    In August, we will share our updated mission statement. This is always a team effort requiring communication, collaboration, and keeping children at the center. 
    I wish you all a relaxing and restorative summer with your loved ones.
    With gratitude and respect,
    Together, We Are Head Start

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