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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Educational Preschool

PP&R Preschool Registration for school year 2015/16 is starting soon! On Feb. 2, 2015, registration opens for current participants and their siblings. On Feb. 17, 2015, open registration to the public begins! Please contact your Community Center directly to register.

Portland Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing a play-based, child-centered educational preschool program for ages 2-5 years old. Play is an important avenue for learning. It is our goal to honor where each child is in his/her development and to make goals to foster the individual child's growth and development. It is our belief that ALL children want to be successful; we are committed to providing guidance that supports each child and classroom.

Play Based Programming
Daily, preschoolers will choose activities from a rich array of activities, including dramatic play, art, block play, math, science, and language arts. During class time, teachers will engage children in activities.

Daily Activities

  • Learning Station Time (free choice): Students make their own choices from a variety of themes & activities
  • Table Activities: Fine motor activities
  • Circle Time: Letter of the week, theme & calendar time
  • Story Time: Reading aloud to students
  • Arts & Crafts: Concepts about color, size, shape, form & textures
  • Gross Motor Activities: Outside / Gym Time
  • Snack Time: Social time for children to sit together
  • Music / Show & Tell: Students bring something related to the letter of the week or theme
  • Center Time: Children will discover in a variety of centers and art table activity
  • Closing Circle Time: Story time, large group activities, and end-of-the-day review
Portland Parks & Recreation Educational Preschool Programs
Preschool Program Locations Age (as of 9/1/14)  |  Day  |  Time
Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss, 503-823-3631 Age: 3-5, M/W/F, 11:45am-2:15pm
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 8:45-11:15am
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th, 503-823-3450 Age: 3, Tu/Th, 8:30-10:30am
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 8:30-11:30am & 12-3pm 
Hillside Community Center, 653 NW Culpepper Terr, 503-823-3181 Age: 2, Tu/Th, 9:15-11:15am
Age: 2.5, Tu/Th, 9:30am-12pm
Age: 3, M/W/F, 9am-12pm
Age: 4, M/W/F, 9am-12pm | M-F, 9am-12pm
Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott, 503-823-3673 Age: 3, Tu/Th, 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787 Age: 2, Tu/Th, 9-11am
Age: 3, M/W/F, 9am-12pm
Age: 4, M/W/F, 9am-12pm | Tu/Th, 9am-12pm | M-F, 9am-12pm
Montavilla Community Center, 8219 NE Glisan, 503-823-4101 Age: 2-3, M/W, 11:30am-1pm | Tu/Th, 9-10:30am
Age: 3-4, M/W, 9-11am | Tu/Th, 11am-1pm
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 12-2:45pm | Tu/Th, 12-2:45pm | M-F, 9-11:30am
Mt Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd, 503-823-3183 Age: 3-4, Tu/Th, 9-11am & 11:45am-1:45pm
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 9-11:30am & 12:15-2:45pm
Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, 503-823-3620 Age:  2.5-3, M/W, 9:30-11:30am | Tu/Th, 9:30-11:30am
Age: 3-4, Tu/Th, 9:30am-12pm
Age: 3-5, M/W/F, 12:45-3:15pm | Tu/Th, 12:45-3:15pm
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 9:30am-12pm
St Johns Community Center, 8427 N. Central, 503-823-3192 Age: 2.5-3, Tu/Th, 11:15am-12:45pm
Age: 3-4, M/W/F, 8:45-11:15am | Tu/Th, 1-3pm
Age: 4-5, M-Th, 8:30-11am | M/W/F, 11:45am-2:15pm
Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane, 503-823-3195 Age: 2-3, M/W, 10am-12pm | Tu/Th, 10am-12pm
Age: 3-4, Tu/Th, 9:30-11:30am
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 9:30am-12:30pm | M-Th, 1-3:30pm
Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th, 503-823-2840 Age: 2, Tu/Th, 8:30-10:30am & 10:30am-12:30pm
Age: 3, M/W/F, 9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm
Age: 4, M/W/F, 1-4pm | Tu/Th, 1-4pm
Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd, 503-823-3633 Age: 3-4, Tu/Th, 9-11:30am
Age: 4-5, M/W/F, 9am-12pm