• Portland Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten Programs

    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.

    Apply now for the 2020-21 School Year!

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    Locations for PPS Pre-K Programs

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    Community preschools - contact the program for eligibility and enrollment questions

    MECP (Multnomah Early Childhood Program): Half-day programs Monday - Thursday for children with special abilities (IFSP) as well as typically developing "peers". Located at Beach, Jackson, Sabin, Woodmere and Whitman.

    Albina Early Head Start: For children ages birth - 3. Albina Head Start provides full-day preschool for children ages 3-5.

    Neighborhood House Head Start provides preschool for children ages 3-5 on the west side of Portland.

    Siletz Head Start  prioritizes preschool for children with tribal affiliations ages 3-5.

    Call 211Info for information about community preschools and childcare, parenting classes, energy and rental assistance, and more.


    Questions? Contact the early learner organization or Nancy Hauth, PPS, nhauth@pps.net