Partnerships with Providers

The Pathways Program will partner with preschool providers to support quality improvement and professional growth. Each provider is unique and has different strengths and needs. The Pathways Program will provide options for providers to engage in training and educational opportunities, business development, peer networks, and individualized coaching. Supports will be tailored to the strengths and needs of each provider. 

All preschool providers in Multnomah County are eligible to apply for the Pathways Program, regardless of licensing status, education level, or setting type. There is no deadline for applications to be submitted, providers can apply at any time.

Pathways Program Steps & Application

There are two ways to apply:

1. Online Application - Pathways Program (English)
Spanish | Russian | Vietnamese | Traditional Chinese

2. Paper Application - Pathways Program (English)
Spanish | Russian | Vietnamese | Traditional Chinese

Paper applications can be sent to or mailed to:
Child Care Resource & Referral
PO BOX 301426
Portland, OR 97294

After you submit your application, it will be reviewed by Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) within four weeks. If your application is incomplete, you will be asked to provide additional information. If your application is complete, you will receive a welcome email and a self-assessment for your program. 

The self-assessment is an opportunity for you to reflect on your program's strengths and the areas that you would like to improve. After you complete the self-assessment, you will send it in along with a coaching agreement, W-9, and invoice. 

You will receive a check for $500 within six weeks after CCR&R reviews your documents. 

Additional Details

Pathways Providers will not receive Preschool for All slots. Providers interested in having contracted slots can apply to be a Pilot Site. The Pathways Program is designed to help providers get ready to apply for Preschool for All slots.

There will be an estimated 500-1,000 Preschool for All slots during the 2022-23 school year. The number of Preschool for All slots will grow each year, until the program reaches universal access in 2030.