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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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305 NE 102nd Ave, Suite 250
Portland, Oregon 97220

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Jennie Birt, Educational Preschool Coordinator


Craig Vanderbout, Recreation Supervisor


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Portland Parks Preschool

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

 Educational Preschool Program Locations Online Schedule and Fees
Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N Foss, 503-823-3631 Click here
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th, 503-823-3450 Click here
Hillside Community Center, 653 NW Culpepper Terr, 503-823-3181 Click here
Matt Dishman Community Center, 77 NE Knott, 503-823-3673 Click here
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787 Click here
Montavilla Community Center, 8219 NE Glisan, 503-823-4101 Click here
Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd, 503-823-3183 Click here
Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 503-823-3620 Click here
St. Johns Community Center, 8427 N Central, 503-823-3192 Click here
Sellwood Community Center, 1436 SE Spokane, 503-823-3195 Click here
Southwest Community Center, 6820 SW 45th, 503-823-2840 Click here
Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd, 503-823-3633 Click here