Head Start

Portland Public Schools

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  • Enrolling now for 2021-2022 School Year!

    PPS Head Start is now accepting applications for children who will be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2021!

    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.

  • State Program Offers Families Help to Pay for Food

    State Program Offers Families Help to Pay for Food

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  • Head Start Student Philosophy

    It is Head Start’s goal to ensure a safe, positive learning environment for all children. Positive classroom climate contributes to positive behavior.  Head Start’s discipline philosophy approach consists of five basic components:

    • High expectations for student behavior that are age appropriate;

    • Supportive, secure relationships with adults;

    • Clear, understandable, and predictable routines;

    • Instruction focused on developing skills for self-regulation  and dealing with intense feelings; and

    • Consistent response to student behavior.

    In support of this philosophy and to ensure a safe and positive classroom environment, teachers will design and implement Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Tier 1 strategies that set clear limits, model appropriate behavior, redirect inappropriate behavior, and work with families to solve unique problems.

    All discipline procedures will adhere to Head Start guidelines and Portland Public Schools policies. Teachers will teach expectations and routines that support students in ways to Be Safe, Be Friendly, and Be Ready to Learn. These expectations and routines will be retaught throughout the year.

    Parents will be informed of classroom expectations and routines. They will be engaged as partners in developing additional supports as needed.

District News

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  • Read the CBRC’s Budget Review Shared at the May 11 Board of Education Meeting

    Note: The following was presented May 11 by the Community Budget Review Committee. We are thankful for the hard work and commitment shared by these volunteers.

    Background and Purpose of the Community Budget Review Committee (CBRC)

    The Community Budget Review Committee (CBRC) reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Portland Public School Board of Education (Board) regarding the Superintendent's Proposed Budget and any other budgetary issues the CBRC or the Board identify. The CBRC also monitors and advises the Board on the allocation and expenditure of Local Option Levy funds, which will be completed under separate cover.

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  • 2021-22 Budget Focus Groups on May 18 and May 20

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    Dear PPS Community,

    Portland Public Schools is in the process of developing and finalizing our 2021-22 budget for approval by the Board of Education, and we want to hear from you. Please join us for the 2021-22 Budget Focus Groups. Both opportunities are available to PPS students. 

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  • Reminder: COVID-19 Vaccinations Available for Students 16+

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    Dear PPS High School Families,

    This is a reminder that COVID-19 vaccinations are available again this Wednesday, May 12 at the Oregon Convention Center for students 16 and older and their family members. 

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  • A Note from the Superintendent: Appreciating our Teachers and School Administrators

    Dear Colleagues, 

    As Teacher and School Administrator Appreciation Week comes to a close here at Portland Public Schools, I want to share an additional personal note of gratitude to all our hard-working and dedicated professional educators and school leaders. While your commitment to our students is always evident, this past year with all of its challenges was truly unlike any other in our careers. The impact of this pandemic, economic crisis, and racial uprising, has required incredible flexibility, adaptation, and perseverance on your part. 

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Director's Message

  • Dear PPS Head Start community,

    History is happening before our eyes, and it is directly affecting the Head Start community. People are taking action to protest the violence, injustice, and trauma inflicted on Black Americans, joining their voices together in demanding it stop now. Today and every day, the PPS Head Start community is united in the belief that Black Lives Matter, and we will not be silent in the face of any threat to that belief. 

    Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and all others whose lives have been senselessly cut short. We want to acknowledge the additional layers of trauma and pain that our colleagues, students, and families of color are experiencing right now, compounding the disproportionate amount of stress and suffering many are already feeling during the COVID-19 crisis. 

    To our staff and families of color, we want you to know that we see you, we respect you, and we support you. PPS Head Start renews its commitment to actively disrupting and dismantling racism. We know that the fight against oppression and hate cannot rest alone on the shoulders of people of color. We must lead it together. 

    Superintendent Guerrero wrote last week, “We cannot remain neutral about racism. We are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with our community in the fight against anti-Black racism. These violent acts traumatize us as students, family members, educators, and community members, and I share in your grief and anguish. Now more than ever, we must remain resolute in our commitment to Black students.” 

    How we, as a united community respond, can have long lasting effects on how we progress as a community, as a nation, and as a world. Know that we stand with you. Let us continue to reach out and support one another. It is time for action as well as dialogue.

    We cannot, and will not, be silent about pervasive and systemic racism impacting Communities of Color. Today, we deepen our commitment to dismantling inequitable and harmful systems and structures. We will actively and intentionally work to end the ingrained patterns of marginalization and disproportionality that harm children of color and their families. Today, more than ever, we embrace this imperative.

    In solidarity,

    Robert Cantwell, Director 

    Eileen Isham, Director 

    Nalota Herms, Education Supervisor 

    Jason Roepel, Education Supervisor

    Carol Lowry, Family Service Manager

    Katie McNeil, Mental Health Manager

    Susan Fodell, Inclusion Manager

    Jean Borgerding and Dea Tran, MESD Nurses

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