Our Early Learning experts took advantage of a somewhat sunny day on March 11th to help put on the Spring Into Learning resource fair organized with MHCC Head Start. The event included over 50 community organizations offering support with preschool and elementary school registration, as well as vocational training, financial education, health and wellness knowledge and much more. The Mount Hood Community College gymnasium was full of energy as families looking for some extra help filed in, and our Early Learning Multnomah Hub Preschool Promise Coordinated Enrollment team was quick to offer it alongside many other publicly funded preschool programs and community organizations. Our partners at IRCO even brought some of our STEM kits to hand out to families! The STEM kits are culturally specific and designed by community partners to help kids kickstart their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning in fun, developmentally appropriate and inclusive ways.

Families were also able to enjoy free lunch, a petting zoo, a folklore dance performance organized by Latino Network, a reptile exhibit and more. Partnering to host the event was East County Community Health, so there were many great resources prioritizing health and wellness. Multnomah County provided free COVID and Flu vaccines.

Our Early Learning hubs are dedicated to serving families and kids, and community events like this ensure all members of our community have more equitable access to resources that create more success and opportunities in our early learning outcomes. Take a look through the pictures below to see for yourself how fun these events can be for our families, our partners, and our team!

We'd like to thank the following organizations for providing resources during the event: 

Albina Head Start

MHCC Head Start

Multnomah County SUN Community Schools

Neighborhood House

PPS Early Learners

Multnomah County Preschool for All

Preschool Promise