Early Learning Resources

General Resources: 

  • The Children's Institute: Early literacy resources tailored to ages 0-3 and Preschool to Grade 3. These resources are broken down into sections for policymakers, families & caregivers and educators & practitioners. 

Resources in Multnomah County:

  • Preschool Marketplace: Find high-quality, publicly-funded, affordable childcare in your neighborhood with this efficient website developed by Early Learning Multnomah County.

  • Preschool Promise: Free preschool for qualifying families. Families with children three and four years old, children on the waiting list for other publicly funded preschool options, families served by DHS (through TANF and/or child welfare) and low-income families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty limit.
  • Albina Head Start: Offers free childcare to low-income families in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland, including full-time daycare and weekly home-based programs.
  • Mt. Hood Community College Head Start: Serves families in East Multnomah County, in the Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Corbett school districts.
  • Neighborhood House: Prioritizes parents as the primary teachers and child-led learning by promoting positive parenting skills, guiding parents through childhood development and encouraging family health and wellness.
  • PPS Early Learners: PPS Pre-Kindergarten is a free preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three to five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.
  • Preschool For All: Provides free preschool for children three or four years old in Multnomah County. This program is currently rolling out and will continue offering more slots every year.

Resources in Washington County:

  • Preschool Promise: The Preschool Promise Program is a high-quality, publicly funded, preschool program that serves children ages three and four in families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, children in foster care, and children from other historically underserved populations.

  • Head Start: Head Start promotes early childhood learning, childhood health and overall family wellbeing. Programs include: Head Start, Migrant Seasonal Head Start, Oregon Pre-K, Migrant Head Start, Early Head Start, Oregon Pre-K Prenatal (OPK P-3), Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, and Early Head Start Home Based.
  • Community Action Head Start: Community Action Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer high-quality early childhood education to children ages birth to age five who live in Washington County.
  • Oregon Development Coalition: Offers a variety of programs including Migrant, Seasonal and Early Head Start, Oregon Pre-Kindergarten, Migrant Education and more.
  • Multilingual information on preschool in Washington County --

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