…empowering children and families since 1850
This year we are working to expand YFO! We are currently raising money to support this project. You can learn more about our plan and goals for expansion in by clicking the button below. Please consider making a charitable donation to help us with this project!
Youth and Family Outreach creates opportunities that support learning and enhance the quality of life for children, teens, and families in Greater Portland.
Our Kitchen Remodel
This winter our kitchen got much needed make-over to support our nutrition program. Many improvements were made to the space to streamline the production of our school food by Chef Dylan. This renovation project also provided us with a workable space for our grant-funded cooking classes.
Curriculum & Environment
Youth and Family Outreach provides a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to grow and learn. The environment is designed to enhance the psychological, social, physical and emotional development of the children. The center is a state licensed facility and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offering the highest quality of care to ALL families of Greater Portland. Priority is given to children of teen and low income families who are working, in school, or job training. Our philosophy has a strong foundation in diversity. We want our children to be exposed to this on all levels therefore our enrollment is open to all socioeconomic, cultural, religious and familial backgrounds.
Food at YFO
The Nutrition Program at Youth and Family Outreach emphasizes our community's bounty of agricultural resources, is set in sound nutrition, uses only whole ingredients and is good to our planet. Our cook, Chef Dylan, uses only whole ingredients in the from-scratch breakfasts, lunches, and snacks he prepares daily.
At YFO, we feel it is important for children to learn about where their food comes from and how it arrives at their table, and so we integrate gardening and cooking into our curriculum and daily work with the children in our program.