Head Start

Portland Public Schools

4800 NE 74th Ave.Portland, OR 97218Ph 503-916-2000Fx

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Head Start News

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  • Open Houses are coming!

    Open House

    Join us for a fun family introduction to your child's school!  Days and times listed below.

    School Date Time
    Applegate Thursday September 21st 3:00 PM
    Clarendon Wednesday Oct 4th 2:30 PM
    Creston Annex Thursday, Oct. 12th 2:45 PM
    Grout Thursday, Oct. 5th 2:20 PM
    Jason Lee Thursday, Oct. 12th 2:30 PM
    Kelly Center Wedneday, Oct. 4th 3:00 PM
    Sacajawea Wedneday, Oct. 4th 3:00 PM
    Sitton Thursday Sept 21st 2:30 PM
    Whitman Thursday Sept 21st 3:00 PM
  • Enrolling now for 2023-2024 School Year!

    Children playing on playground

    PPS Head Start is accepting applications for children who will be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2023!

    Head Start is a free preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages 3 to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

    Click here to enroll online.

    Head Start es un programa pre-escolar gratuito que promueve la preparación escolar de niños y niñas de tres a cinco años de edad que vienen de familias de bajos ingresos para realzar su desarrollo cognitivo, social y emocional.

    Head Start là một chương trình giáo dục mầm non miễn phí xúc tiến các trẻ em từ ba đến năm tuổi của những gia đình có mức thu nhập thấp sẳn sàng đi học qua sự phát triển về nhận thức, giao tiếp, và sự cảm xúc của các em.


    “Head Start” является бесплатной программой дошкольного обучения, которая способствует подготовке детей к школе в возрасте от трёх до пяти лет из семей с низким уровнем дохода за счёт повышения их познавательного, социального и эмоционального уровня развития.

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District News

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  • Update on the Third Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today was disappointing – for us but, most importantly, for our students and families. The Portland Association of Teachers offered no counter proposals – and yet declared impasse.

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  • Update on the Second Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we offered compromises that would both reward our educators and further our students’ success. We were able to raise our compensation offer substantially. We are not there yet, but we are committed to the hard work of finding common ground.

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  • Update on the First Day of Mediation

    PPS Flyer with students in background

    Today, we started the state-led mediation process with one priority: our children’s success. We offered compromises that would keep that vision at the heart of our work – and maintained our position on proposals that would negatively impact students.

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  • Welcome back!

    On behalf of the Board of Education and district leaders at PPS, our best wishes for a positive and joyful start to your school year!

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Director's Message

  • Welcome to our new Director, Dana Stiles!

    Hello Families,


    I am so excited to join the PPS Head Start team this year! I am coming to Portland from Washington, DC with experience as a former preschool teacher, school administrator, and district leader. I have been warmly welcomed to Portland by beautiful weather and to the community by many fellow staff members. I believe strong partnerships with families contribute to positive and lasting change for children. Your experiences, cultures, and languages add so much value to our community.


    Together, I look forward to creating an amazing year of learning and joy!


    In gratitude,

    Dana Stiles

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