• PPS Head Start & PPS Pre-Kindergarten Programs

    PPS Pre-Kindergarten programs, including Head Start, give priority to low-income families. PPS Pre-K and Head Start programs are guided by the Early Learners Core Values and follow the Tools of the Mind curriculum.    

    Fall Update: 2020-21 Programs & Applications


    At this time, our Head Start and Pre-K programs are doing remote learning for students and providing wrap-around supports for families. This may change later in the year if district and state guidelines allow for in-person instruction.


    • To be eligible for PPS Headstart and Pre-K programs:
      • Your child must have been 3 or 4 years old by 9/1/20; and
      • Your family must live within PPS district boundaries; and
      • Your family must qualify financially (see income tables below).


    • Head Start:  The program is full, but keeping an active waitlist. To be added to the Head Start waitlist, please submit an application on the PPS Head Start webpage.  For more program information, please call the Head Start Main Office (503-916-5724). 


    • Pre-Kindergarten:  Limited seats are currently available at our Boise-Eliot/ Humboldt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Faubion sites. To apply to these programs, please contact Alessandro Williams by phone (503-916-5686) or email (awilliams3@pps.net).


    • To learn about other available Pre-K programs in Multnomah County, contact Early Learning Multnomah by phone (503-228-9131) or email                          (earlylearning@unitedway-pdx.org). 

  • Family Income Guidelines

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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 to 3 years old, and provides full-day preschool for children ages 3 to 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 to 5.
    • Call 211Info for information about community preschools and childcare, parenting classes, energy and rental assistance, and more.

     PPS Pre-K Remote Learning Portal



Emily Glasgow
Director, Early Learners Dept.
Robert Cantwell
Director, Head Start
Amparo Garcia-Yurchenco
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Tami Gowdy
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Nalota Hermes
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Jason Roepel
Education Supervisor, Head Start
Francine Buker
TOSA, Early Learners Dept.
Alison Beanblossom
Pre-K Student Support Coordinator
Alessandro Williams
Principal's Secretary, Early Learners Dept.

  • Questions? 

    For general questions about PPS Pre-K programs, please send an email to Prekprograms@pps.net.  

  • Ages and Stags Questionnaires  

    This online screening option is available to families enrolled in Portland Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten program. 

    Please complete both the Developmental (ASQ:3) and Social Emotional (ASQ:SE) questionnaires.


    Screenings in English

    Screenings in Spanish

  • Tools of the Mind

    Most PPS Pre-K teachers use Tools of the Mind in their classrooms.  Tools of the Mind gives teachers the tools to support every child's learning by helping to develop the underlying cognitive, social and emotional skills needed to reach their highest potential. 

    If you would like to learn more, visit: https://toolsofthemind.org/ 

    PPS Head Start teacher Kelly Petrin, wrote about her experience teaching Head Start students using Tools of the Mind.

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    Tools of the Mind