Other Preschool & Child Care Resources
How to Find Child Care
Text: "children" or "niños" to 898211 (TXT211)
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday & Sunday 8am-8pm
For Help Affording Child Care & Preschool
- Employment Related Child Care (ERDC)
ERDC is a state subsidy to help families afford child care. Subsidy amounts depend on the child's age, caregiver employment, provider type, and location within the state.
- Community Child Care Initiative (CCI)
The Community Childcare Initiative offers Portland families and child care providers financial assistance for child care. Eligible families pay no more than 8% of their monthly gross income for child care. The program is funded by the Portland Children's Levy.
- Baby Promise
Baby Promise offers free, full-day quality care and education for eligible children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. Baby Promise is a state funded program designed to help families find and maintain high-quality infant and toddler care.
- Portland Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten
Portland Public Schools (PPS) offers preschool opportunities to families who live within PPS boundaries and are 3 or 4 years old by September 1. Families can email email@example.com for assistance. PPS is currently accepting applications for preschool starting in September 2022!
- Preschool Promise
Preschool Promise is available to families who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. It is open to children who are 3 and 4 years old. Preschool Promise is a state funded program and offers preschool slots in school, centers, and with in-home preschool providers.
Head Start Programs
Child development and family support services available for pregnant women and families of children birth- age 5 who are low income and reside in East Multnomah County outside Portland Public Schools. MHCC offers part-day and full-day Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
For information about Eligibility criteria and to apply, please click here.
Prospective families are required to fill out a pre-application for enrollment.
Albina Head Start and Early Head Start offer two options to complete pre-application:
- Complete online application (English/Spanish)
- Print/Scan/Fax application (English/Spanish)
Migrant and Seasonal Head Start are for children of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Early Head Start provides services to pregnant women, infants and toddlers up to age 3.
- Family income must be no more than 100% of the Federal Poverty Line
- Family income must come primarily from agricultural labor
- “Migrant” farmworker families must have moved from one geographical location to another within the last 2 years
- Enrollment priority is given to children with disabilities, families coping with homelessness or families with other significant needs
For eligibility criteria, please click here.
- Early Head Start Home-Based Program: Home-based services for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years and their parents. Services include weekly 90-minute parent/child educational home visits and twice-monthly play groups.
- Early Head Start Center-Based Program: Center-based preschool for working and schooling parents with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years.
- Part-day Head Start Program: Center-based preschool for children ages 3 to kindergarten.
- Full-day Head Start and Preschool Promise Program: Center-based preschool for working and schooling parents with children ages 3 to kindergarten.
To find a Neighborhood House Head Start program near you, please click here.