Pre-Kindergarten Programs

Pre-Kindergarten Programs

  • Register Now! Currently Accepting 2022-23 Pre-Kindergarten Applications

    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.  

2022-23 Pre-Kindergarten Applications & Information

  • Online Applications:  English  ¦  Español  ¦  Tiếng Việt  ¦  Pусский  ¦  中文  ¦  Soomaali


    Paper Applications:  English   ¦   Español  ¦  Tiếng Việt  ¦  中文  ¦  Versions of other supported languages are being finalized and will be posted soon. 


    Program Eligibility: To be eligible for PPS Pre-K/Head Start programs, children must live within PPS boundaries and be three or four years old by September 1, 2022.

    Our Pre-K programs are grant-funded through Preschool Promise, Preschool for All, and Head Start with priority populations including:

    • Children from families affected by homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, mental health issues, and domestic violence; 
    • Migrant and refugee families;
    • Children who speak languages other than English; 
    • Children who experience developmental delays and disabilities; 
    • Children of teen parents or military families; 
    • Children living in foster care;
    • Children enrolled in a Title VI Indian Education Program or organization.

    Applicants who do not meet these priority enrollment criteria may be placed in a waiting pool for enrollment consideration in late summer or early fall. Some PPS Pre-K/Head Start programs are income-restricted and others give priority to family incomes below the Oregon self-sufficiency index.


    Head Start: For program-specific information, please visit the PPS Head Start webpage. For more program information, please call the Head Start Main Office (503-916-5724).

    Pre-Kindergarten: For program-specific information, please contact Alessandro Williams, Preschool Promise secretary, by phone (503-916-5686) or email ( 

    To learn about other available Pre-K programs in Multnomah County, contact Early Learning Multnomah by phone (503-228-9131) or email ( 

    We are accepting applications for the 21-22 school year until May 1, 2022. Please email for assistance. 


  • For general questions about PPS Pre-K programs, please send an email to  


Emily Glasgow
Senior Director, PK-5 Academic Programs
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
Katrina Edwards
Academic Programs Administrator
503-916-2000 x72173
Laura Hernandez
Pre-K Programs Manager
Francine Buker
TOSA, Early Learners Dept.
Alison Beanblossom
Pre-K Student Support Coordinator
Alessandro Williams
Administrative Assistant, Early Learners Dept.