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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Educational Preschool

PP&R Preschool Registration for school year 2016/17 is open! 
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 9/1/15)  |  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