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Portland Parks Preschool

Portland Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing a play-based, child-centered 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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How to register for the 2021-2022 school year

To keep our staff and community safe, registration into the Portland Parks Preschool program will take place by lottery. Options to participate in the registration lottery:

1. Complete the online lottery APPLICATION no later than March 4

2. Call and a team member can help you complete the application over the phone: 503-444-0682. Requests to submit an application over the phone can be processed through March 4

3. Call to arrange a time and place to pick-up/drop-off an application. Requests for a pick-up/drop-off application can be accommodated through March 2

Equity in Service

Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to equity in service. If you are part of one or more of the following Communities, please contact us to learn about additional opportunities to enroll in Portland Parks Preschool.

  • BIPOC Youth and Families
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Families Living in Poverty
  • People Living with Disabilities

Scholarships

Now, more than ever, we recognize that some families may require financial assistance to participate in our programming. If the cost of Portland Parks Preschool is out of your reach, we encourage you to speak to our staff about opportunities that may align the price of our virtual preschool to your family’s budget. You do not need an approved scholarship to register for our program.

Details and Pricing

North/Northeast Portland

Charles Jordan Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:00-11:45am$220/month
PreschoolTu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:00-11:45am$220/month
Pre-KindergartenTu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Matt Dishman Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
Tu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:00am-11:45am$220/month
Montavilla Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
M W9:00-11:45am$160/month
PreschoolTu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:00-11:45am$220/month
Pre-KindergartenM W F12:30-3:15pm$220/month
Pre-KindergartenTu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Global Adventures
at Peninsula Park Community Center
DayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:15am-12:00pm$265/month
PreschoolM W F12:45-3:30pm$265/month
PreschoolTu Th9:15am-12:00pm$185/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:15am-12:00pm$265/month
Pre-KindergartenM W F12:45-3:30pm$265/month
Pre-KindergartenTu Th9:15am-12:00pm$185/month
Pre-KindergartenTu Th12:45-3:30pm$185/month
St. Johns Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F8:30-11:15am$220/month
PreschoolTu Th8:30-11:15am$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F12:15-3:00pm$220/month
Pre-KindergartenTu Th12:15-3:00pm$160/month

Southeast Portland

East Portland Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
Tu Th8:45-11:30am$160/month
PreschoolTu Th12:15-3:00pm$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F8:45-11:30am$220/month
Pre-KindergartenM W F12:15-3:00pm$220/month
Mt. Scott Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
Tu Th8:45-11:30am$160/month
PreschoolTu Th12:15-3:00pm$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F8:45-11:30am$220/month
Pre-KindergartenM W F12:15-3:00pm$220/month
Woodstock Community CenterDayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
Tu Th9:00-11:45am$160/month
Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:00-11:45am$220/month

Southwest Portland

Sprout Academy
at Southwest Community Center
DayTimePrice
Preschool | age 3-4
must be 3 years old by September 1, 2021
M W F9:15am-12:00pm$335/month
PreschoolTu Th9:15am-12:00pm$230/month
Forest Pre-Kindergarten | age 4-5
must be 4 years old by September 1, 2021
M-F9:15am-12:00pm$550/month

Virtual Preschool Option

Includes access to activity kits twice per month, weekly virtual-live engagement with your child’s teacher and class, and additional small group and 1:1 virtual engagement time.

Virtual-live Engagement Times:

  • Monday and Wednesday Morning (time TBD) - $79/month
  • Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon (time TBD) - $79/month
  • Tuesday and Thursday Morning (time TBD) - $79/month

Virtual Preschool - 2020-2021

To inquire about current openings, please email parkscitywidepreschool@portlandoregon.gov and include the following:

  • Your name and your child’s name
  • Your child’s date of birth
  • The community center(s) you are interested in enrolling in
  • Any days or times you are not available to participate in weekly live-engagements

You may also call 503-823-2525 and a customer service representative will help direct you to a Portland Parks Preschool Coordinator.

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.

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COVID-19 related information

Learn more about closures and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.