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About Our Public Pre-K Classroom
Serving Portland’s 4 year olds since 2012.
In September of 2012, Youth and Family Outreach collaborated with the Portland Public School system to initiate the first community-based public pre-k classroom in the district. The children enrolled in our Pre-K classroom are benefiting from the additional support of being in public school at age 4.
The schedule for our Public Pre-K classroom is Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 3:00pm. YFO has wrap around care for the families that need full-day care. In addition to this, children will take a portfolio with them to kindergarten to inform their new teacher about what they have accomplished here at YFO. We expect this communication and collaboration to make this big transition a much more successful one for our young students!
Our Pre-K curriculum was part of the Early Reading First program. Our facility was only one of a very few national pilot sites that engaged in this exciting and promising program developed by the Department of Education to promote early literacy. The research-based, published curriculum is called the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum. It is highly focused on language, literacy, and preparing children for kindergarten. What has been discovered through using this curriculum is that children are less likely to fall behind in their reading and writing later in public school.