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Preschool Enrollment Open for 2023-2024

Preschool Marketplace is a One-Stop webpage for Preschool. Find the best free and reduced-cost preschools in the Portland metro area.

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Preschool Promise

Preschool Promise is Oregon’s innovative free preschool program. It is available to families whose income is at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below. It is open for children who are 3 or 4 years old.

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Equity From The Start

ELM is focused on racial equity for good reason—because biases built into our early learning system create barriers for children of color even before they step foot in a school.

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Our Strategic Plan

We envision a world where families, healthcare professionals, preschool teachers, principals, policymakers, community leaders, and neighbors work together to give every child what they need to learn and grow.

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Calming the Perfect Storm: Six Ways to Change Portland’s Practice of School Suspension and Expulsion

“It reminds me of a tornado,” says Hadiyah Miller. “It’s growing and there are a lot of pieces in the air.” Miller is an early childhood education expert and a member of Portland’s Black Child Development Council. She’s talking about—and taking on—school suspension and expulsion rates which disproportionately impact children of color from a very young age. Learn more about what the council is doing to calm the storm—and how you can help.

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PAC Leaders and ELM Director Sit on Preschool for All Community Advisory Committee

In August 2021, Lydia and Petra were appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, for their dedication and contribution in successfully passing Preschool for All in Multnomah County.

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Our Stories

Summer 2024: An update from ELM

Tuesday, Jul. 9, 2024
This summer ELM is distributing literacy funds, summer learning kits, and honoring our parent leaders.

Unlocking Potential: Preschool Marketplace Hosts Free Night at OMSI

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2024

On Tuesday, March 19th, our Early Learning Multnomah team and a variety of their partners in preschool parity headed over to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

2023 Year End Reflection

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024
ELM continues to center racial equity in all our decisions; in our programs, priorities, partnerships, and investments.