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Multnomah Early Childhood Program

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Learning in a nurturing environment is important for a child’s development. In our imaginative and lively classes, young children make friends while playing, painting, learning and laughing alongside children with special needs. Peers will learn diversity, tolerance, and to appreciate the differences in every child. Our professional teaching teams include state licensed, early childhood special education teachers.


Multnomah Early Childhood Program has a PEER program for children three to five years of age. Peers participate in an integrated preschool with preschool age friends who are experiencing disabilities.

PEER Classroom: 3-5 years old

  • Setting: School-based
  • Schedule: mid July to mid June
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2.75 hours AM or PM
  • Location:
    • Beach Elementary (PPS)
    • Sabin Elementary (PPS)
    • Whitman Elementary (PPS)
    • North Powellhurst (DDSD & Parkrose)
    • Sweetbriar Elementary (Reynolds)
    • Bridlemile Elementary (PPS)
    • Kelly Creek Elementary (Gresham)
    • Butler Creek Elementary (Centennial)
  • Cost: $32 per month. Free and reduced tuition for families that qualify

Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible for our program if have children 3-5 years old by September 1st and you:

  • Live in Multnomah county


Please Note:

This classroom is considered an Early Childhood Special Education classroom. Peers are neighborhood children who are not experiencing a disability/developmental delay (including speech/language delays, cognitive delays, and delays in other developmental areas).  As such, a child who qualifies for special education services (those who have an IFSP) can only attend if their IFSP team (which includes the family) determines that the special education classroom is the least restrictive placement for the child to receive their special education services. If you have questions about your child’s placement, please reach out to your special education provider.

Apply for Multnomah Early Childhood Program

The following providers participate in Multnomah Early Childhood Program

An initiative of
Early Learning Multnomah

619 SW 11th Ave.
Portland OR 97205
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