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Early Learner Programs:
Pre-K and Kindergarten

Early Learner Programs:
Pre-K and Kindergarten

  • Register for Kindergarten Now!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper registration packets are available at food pantry sites at 7 schools during the summer. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program or has an IEP.

    Watch Video: Welcome to Kindergarten!

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten Registration

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  • Are you interested in PPS Pre-K programs?

    Click to see application All PPS pre-kindergarten programs, including Head Start, give priority to low-income families. Eligibility can also depend on the neighborhood school you are assigned to based on your address. To be eligible for our pre-kindergarten programs, children must be at least 3 years old by September 1 of the enrolling year.

    For more information about program locations and eligibility, go to

    Apply online now!

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  • Welcome to Kindergarten!

    This website shares information about kindergarten and provides readiness ideas to help you and your child have a confident start to school.

    Connect to Kindergarten events will begin in late January through mid-March. Connect to Kindergarten is an opportunity for your family to learn about your school and its kindergarten program. You will meet staff and parents, learn about the curriculum and classroom routines, and register your child for school. The schedule for Connect events are posted here

    Here are some tips as you prepare for kindergarten: 

    • Your first step for preparing for school is to register for school! Please register for school as early as possible and no later than June 1, 2020.  For more information about registration, visit the Enrollment and Registration website. Starting in February 2020, incoming kindergarten students can be enrolled online. 

    • Donna Shinagawa, kindergarten teacher at Harrison Park, shares suggestions on how to help your child have a great start to school. See video below.

    • Good attendance in kindergarten helps your child succeed in school. To learn more about kindergarten attendance, visit 

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    • Share information about your child's interests, strengths, and challenges with the kindergarten teacher. Complete the Child Centered Plan and share it with your teacher in the Fall. 

    • Immunization requirements for Kindergarten students are posted here

    • All kindergarten classrooms are full-day and free to families.

    • For information about before and after school child care services, visit the child care website

    • Language Immersion starts in Kindergarten! Learn about the Language Immersion Programs offered by PPS by visiting the Dual Language Department website


Emily Glasgow
Robert Cantwell
Head Start Co-Director
Eileen Isham
Head Start Co-Director
503-916-2000 x75976
Nalota Hermes
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Jason Roepel
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Nancy Hauth
Student Success Program Manager
Francine Buker
PK Teacher on Special Assignment
Julie Wood
Administrative Assistant
Sierra Warren
Child Care Coordinator
Alison Beanblossom
Qualified Mental Health Provider

ABC's of Kindergarten

  • To order the ABCs of Kindergarten, a small booklet about starting school in PPS, order directly from the Print Shop. 
    Black and white or full-color option.           See Kindergarten Readiness tab for printable PDF in English or Spanish.


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