• 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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    Family Income Guidelines

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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
  • 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. Click the image below to read: 

    Tools of the Mind