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Portland Parks Preschool

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Portland Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing a play-based, child-centered, and inclusive educational preschool program for ages 3–5 years old. Play is an important avenue for learning. It is our goal to honor where each child is in their development.
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About Portland Parks Preschool

Portland Parks Preschool is based on the developmental philosophy that children develop and grow at their own rate. Years of research on children's learning and development documents the many benefits of play and exploration on a child's intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and language development. In order to grow, children must play by exploring and manipulating their environment. They learn using their senses. Play is an important avenue for learning. As children imitate what goes on around them, they begin to understand how things work and how they are used. Initially, this is a process of trial and error. However, with time and repetition, they use new information to increase their understanding of the world around them.


Equity in Service

Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to equity in service. As part of our Parks Levy commitment, we are working to improve access for underserved communities, which include but are not limited to people of color, seniors, teens, households experiencing poverty, immigrants and refugees, and people living with disabilities. If you were referred by a Partner Organization, please make sure to include them during the application process.


How to register for the 2024-2025 school year

The registration lottery has closed. If you applied for the lottery you will be notified of your registration status between Monday, February 26-Friday, March 1. 

General registration for the 2024-25 school year will open again on Monday, March 4. Please check back here on March 4 to complete your application.

Language interpretation over the phone and in person: Portland Parks & Recreation staff will provide free interpretation in more than 240 languages. Our staff will get an interpreter on the phone in your preferred language when you need one. 


Reduced Pricing

Sign up for an Access Pass to receive reduced pricing based on your total income. No income verification is required. If your income falls within the recommended ranges, an Access Pass may be helpful by decreasing your monthly tuition rates. Choose 25, 50, 75, or 90% discount based on your budget. Learn more about PP&R discount options at portland.gov/parks/discount.


Details and Pricing

Below is the pricing for City of Portland residents. Families living outside of the City of Portland tax districts are welcome to enroll. There is a 40% increase in monthly fees for non-residents..

East Portland

East Portland Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Tuesday, Thursday  •  8:00am–11:00am  •  $207 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  12:00pm–3:00pm  •  $207 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  8:00am–11:00am  •  $279 per month
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  12:00pm–3:00pm  •  $279 per month

Montavilla Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Monday, Wednesday  •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $190 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $256 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $190 per month
  • Extension Program •  11:45am-12:45pm  •  $7.25/day

North Portland

Charles Jordan Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $256 per month
  • Extension Program •  11:45am-12:45pm  •  $7.25/day
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  12:45pm-3:30pm  •  $256 per month

Peninsula Park Community Center 

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:15am–12:00pm  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  9:15am–12:00pm  •  $256 per month
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  12:45pm–3:30pm  •  $256 per month

St. Johns Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday  •  8:30am–11:15am  •  $256 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  8:30am–11:15am  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  12:15pm–3:00pm  •  $256 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  12:15pm–3:00pm  •  $190 per month

Northeast Portland

Matt Dishman Community Center

Blended Age: Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 3–5, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday through Thursday •  8:30am–12:00pm  •  $380 per month

Southeast Portland

Laurelhurst Park (located in the former Laurelhurst Dance Studio)

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Tuesday, Thursday •  8:45am–11:30am  •  $190 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  12:15-3:00pm  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  8:45am–11:30am  •  $256 per month
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  12:15-3:00pm  •  $256 per month

Woodstock Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $190 per month

Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday •  9:00am–11:45am  •  $256 per month

Southwest Portland

Southwest Community Center

Preschool  |  age 3–4, must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 4

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday  •  9:15am–12:00pm  •  $335 per month
  • Tuesday, Thursday •  9:15am–12:00pm  •  $230 per month

Forest Pre-Kindergarten  |  age 4–5, must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024, but not yet 5

  • Monday through Friday •  9:15am–12:00pm  •  $572 per month
  • Monday through Thursday •  12:45pm–3:30pm  •  $458 per month

COVID-19 related information

Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance from public health authorities and elected officials. PP&R programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements

Location

Charles Jordan Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
9009 N Foss Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

East Portland Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
740 SE 106th Avenue
Portland, OR 97216

Matt Dishman Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
77 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212

Montavilla Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
8219 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220

Mt. Scott Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
Mt. Scott Community Center and Indoor Pool is closed for extensive renovation. Please visit other PP&R locations.
5530 SE 72nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206

Peninsula Park Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

Southwest Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
6820 SW 45th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

St. Johns Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
8427 N Central Street
Portland, OR 97203

Woodstock Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Park Location or Entrance
5905 SE 43rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97206