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This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community organizations we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic en Recursos de alimentos para familias. To see this information in Spanish, click Recursos de alimentos para familias.

Multnomah County Library

Midland Library will be providing free summer lunch for children and teens 18 years old and younger. Summer lunch will be available from 12-1 pm, Monday-Friday, beginning July 5 until August 5. Meals will be provided in the large meeting room, with activities such as crafts and STEM kits. No registration is needed. 

Summer lunch is sponsored by Wattles Boys & Girls Club, and is part of a federal program, Summer Food Service Program.

Midland Library is located at 805 SE 122nd Avenue, Portland, 97223.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during the summer. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 6/14/22]

Information on Centennial's summer meal program can be found at this link. You can also see this flyer in English/español/русский

Food 4 Families will have food distribution on the second and fourth Wednesdays of June, July and August at Centennial High School, 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham, 97030. 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Click here for distribution dates.

David Douglas [updated 6/21/22] 

There are food pantries located at the following David Douglas school buildings. These are for families to pick up free groceries, not grab-and-go meals. Check the link for a calendar that shows times and any closures.

  • Floyd Light Middle School: 10800 SE Washington St. Mondays, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Cherry Park Elementary: 1930 SE 104th Ave. Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Earl Boyles Elementary: 10822 SE Bush St. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BEGINNING JULY 12
  • Mill Park Elementary: 1900 SE 117th Ave. Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary: 13132 SE Ramona St. Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • David Douglas High South Building: 1500 SE 130th Ave. Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary: 12839 SE Holgate Blvd. Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


Gresham-Barlow [updated 6/21/22]

Summer Meals are offered at no charge to participants 1-18 years of age.  We do have some important changes to share for this summer’s service:

  • Parent(s)/ Guardians will no longer be able to pick up meals on behalf of their children.
  • Students/participants must be present to receive a meal and remain on-site when consuming their meal (food items are not allowed off-site).
  • Multiple meals will not be served at one meal service.  Meals will be served daily, Monday through Friday.

Meals will be served at the following locations, June 27th through August 12th:

  • Springwater Trail High School, 1440 SE Fleming Avenue, Gresham. Monday-Thursday, Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Lunch:  11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Gresham Arts Plaza (Splash Pad), 401 NE 2nd Street, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Gresham Main City Park, 219 S. Main Avenue, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Red Sunset Park, 2403 NE Red Sunset Drive, Gresham. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Nadaka Park, 17615 NE Glisan Street, Portland. Monday-Friday, Lunch only: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Other community food box information can be found at The Sunshine Division and Snowcap Community Charities

Parkrose [updated 6/29/22]

Summer meals will be served at the following sites and dates. Meals must be consumed on-site. More information here:

  • Gateway Discovery Park: 10520 NE Halsey St. June 27th through August 26th (closed July 4th), 11 a.m. to noon
  • Luuwit View Park: NE 127th Ave. and NE Fremont. June 27th through August 26th (closed July 4th). 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Parkrose High School: 12003 NE Shaver St. June 27th through July 28th (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., lunch noon - 12:45 p.m.
  • Parkrose Middle School: 11800 NE Shaver St. July 5th through July 28th (Monday through Thursday). Breakfast 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., lunch noon - 12:45 p.m.


Portland [updated 6/14/22]

From the PPS website: In partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free lunch and activities will be offered throughout the city in the 16 parks from June 21 through August 19. Lunches are free for all children in the community ages 1-18. Please note, all lunches must be eaten within the designated eating area at the park.  Grab and go meals are no longer available per USDA regulations and all children must be present to receive a lunch.  No food may be taken home.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding with this transition in rules from last year's services. Sites and times are listed below:

  • Alberta Park, 1905 NE Killingsworth St. Noon - 1pm
  • Columbia Park, 4503 N Lombard St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Cully Park, 5810 NE 72nd Ave. Noon - 1pm
  • Essex Park, 7730 SE Center St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Harrison Park, 1931 SE 84th Ave. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Holly Farm Park, 10819 SW Capitol Hwy. Noon - 1pm
  • Irving Park, 875 NE Fremont St. Noon -1pm
  • Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Ave. Noon - 1:30pm
  • K'hunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Lents Park, 4677 N Trenton St. Noon - 1:30pm
  • Montavilla Park, NE 82nd Ave and NE Glisan St. Noon -1:00pm
  • Mt. Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave and SE Ramona St. Noon - 1:30pm
  • Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way. Noon - 1:30pm
  • St. Johns Park, 8427 N Central St. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Stephens Creek Crossing, 6715-6861 SW 26th Ave. 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Reynolds [updated 6/21/22]

    Click here for summer meals information. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, June 27th to August 5th, at the following schools.
    • Alder Elementary School: 17200 SE Alder St. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Davis Elementary School: 19501 NE Davis St. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Fairview Elementary School: 225 Main St., Fairview. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Glenfair Elementary School: 15300 NE Glisan St. 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    • H.B. Lee Middle School: 1121 NE 172nd Ave. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Reynolds Middle School: 1200 NE 201st Ave., Fairview. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Walt Morey Middle School: 2801 SW Lucas Rd., Troutdale. 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Wilkes Elementary School: 17020 NE Wilkes Rd. 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    • Woodland Elementary School: 21607 NE Glisan St., Fairview. 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Other community locations serving meals can be found here.

    Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

    Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

    C3 Pantry (NE): 6120 NE 57th Ave., Portland. Tuesdays, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

    Mainspring Food Pantry:  They suggest following them on social media to see locations.  Their current free food pantries are located at:
    • Dawson Park, 1 N Stanton St. Every 1st Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Victory Outreach, 16022 SE Stark St. Every 3rd Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • Kenton Church, 2115 N Lombard St. Every 4th Tuesday from 10am to noon
    • East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave. Every 2nd Wednesday from 9am to 11am
    Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.
    Northeast Emergency Food Program (NE): 4800 NE 72nd Ave., Portland. Open Thursday and Saturday, 10:30am to 1:30pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.
    Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): 11020 NE Halsey St., Portland. Offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am, plus every 3rd Thursday per month from 5pm to 7pm. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.
    One Hope Food Pantry (NE): Located at 5425 NE 27th Ave., Portland 97211. Open for drive-through and pickup Saturdays, 11 am - 1 pm. Food boxes are available each week and a hot meal is served on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
    Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit or call 503.609.0285.
    William Temple House (NW): 2023 NW Hoyt St., Portland. Offering a walk-in pantry, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm. A guide to the pantry can be found here.
    Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.
    Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Pick-up food boxes, information can be found here. Pantry times are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can also place an order online.
    For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit
    Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools. Click the link and scroll down to food resources.

    What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a neurological difference often characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It may run in the families and cannot be “cured.” Individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

    Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. With the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read.  A multi-sensory, phonics based approach is often the best way to help kids learn to read. The Orton-Gillingham, Barton System and/or Lindamood-Bell programs are well known programs that work.

    This great Ted-Ed talk provides an overview of dyslexia.

    What should I look for?

    Decoding Dyslexia offers these early signs of dyslexia:

    • Late speech (3 years or later)
    • Mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (e.g. bisghetti, aminal, mazageen)
    • Inability to rhyme by age 4
    • Difficulty with substitutions, omissions and deletions
    • Unusual pencil grip
    • Difficulty remembering rote facts (months of the year, days of the week)
    • Confusion of left vs. right  

    One of the biggest challenges of dyslexia is counteracting shame caused by teasing and misunderstanding. Children are often teased because they can’t read as well as others. Teachers may say things like “she’s a slow reader” in front of the child or parents. Kids know what “slow” means and they often grow up believing they are “stupid” and/or “lazy.”

    Headstrong Nation’s Learn the Facts wants you to know the facts, help your child recognize her/his strengths and weaknesses, learn how to talk about it with trusted friends and family and eventually, be comfortable sharing one’s real self with the world.

    Dyslexia Assessment in Multnomah County

    Oregon Senate Bills 612 and 1003 require school districts to universally screen for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten. The Oregon Department of Education provides guidance and training for districts and educators. If you or your child aren't in school or you feel the school is missing something, here are a few of the many assessment and intervention providers in the County.

    The Blosser Center - Accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the Blosser Center provides assessment, tutoring and teacher training.

    Language Skills Therapy - Provides assessment and tutoring

    New Leaves Clinic - Provides assessment and treatment in Hillsboro, Oregon

    PDX Reading Specialist, LLC​ - Provides assessment, tutoring, advocacy and professional development

    How the library can help

    There are three valid types of reading: with your eyes (print & video), with your ears (audiobooks), and with your fingers (Braille).  


    Typically easier for someone with dyslexia, the library has thousands of audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats for people who read with their ears. Library information staff can help you find and use audiobooks.

    DVD/Blu-ray and streaming

    The library has thousands of DVDs, Blu-ray and downloadable films for people who read with eyes and ears. Library information staff can help you find and use these media.


    E-books are available to borrow through OverDrive to read on your desktop or with the Libby app. Accessibility options include using screen readers, changing text size, turning on dyslexic font, reading in sepia or night mode, and more. When searching for a subject, you can also look for the format "OverDrive Read-along" which provides narration that plays along while you read. The OverDrive help page explains how to find these read-along books and library staff can help as well.

    Additional resources

    Bookshare e-books have functions for people with print disabilities, including low vision, dyslexia and the inability to hold a physical book. Adults with a library card can get free access through the library. Students can get access through their school.

    The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is free for any Oregonian with a print-disability including dyslexia or dysphasia.

    La comunicación efectiva es esencial para construir asociaciones entre la escuela y la familia y apoyar el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Esta asociación debe estar unida al aprendizaje, abordar las diferencias culturales y tener un sistema de toma de decisiones compartido.

    He aquí una serie de recursos para tomar en cuenta cuando se comunique con las escuelas.

    Guía de recursos para las familias de habla hispana. Esta guía menciona las expectativas que los padres y tutores pueden tener acerca de las escuelas, sus maestros y su hijo. Además, incluye información acerca de los recursos con los que las escuelas cuentan y las medidas que las familias pueden tomar para ayudar a sus estudiantes a aprender.

    Hable con los maestros para aclarar dudas sobre las tareas escolares. Incluye sugerencias de cómo abordar algunos problemas que los estudiantes enfrentan al realizar sus tareas y cómo comunicarse y trabajar junto con los maestros para poder ayudar a su estudiante con el trabajo en la escuela y en casa.

    Preguntas que hacen los padres sobre las escuelas y sus servicios. ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi estudiante? ¿Qué puedo esperar de los maestros? Como padres, tenemos muchas preguntas acerca del sistema educativo y cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a que tengan éxito en la escuela. Este folleto presenta una serie de preguntas y sus respuestas.  

    Consejos para las reuniones de padres y maestros. Las investigaciones comprueban que la participación de la familia es esencial para el éxito de los estudiantes. Aquí encontrará ideas de cómo prepararse para las reuniones con los maestros y cómo dar seguimiento a los puntos y acuerdos que se mencionen durante la reunión.

    Ideas y recursos para desarrollar y mantener las buenas relaciones entre la escuela y la familia. Las reuniones entre padres y maestros deben ser enfocadas en el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes. Es importante prepararse con preguntas, comentarios y planes para una futura reunión. Esta hoja informativa contiene información para padres, maestros y directores de escuelas. Usted puede ver lo que se puede esperar de cada uno de estos grupos.

    En los Estados Unidos, es obligatorio que los niños vayan a la escuela y todos los niños tienen derecho a recibir una educación pública gratuita. Además de las escuelas públicas existen otras opciones, usted puede elegir a qué tipo de escuela quiere enviar a sus estudiantes. Infórmese antes de tomar una decisión; revise las boletas de calificación de las escuelas, visítelas y haga preguntas. Recuerde que los servicios de educación especial pueden variar o disminuir en las escuelas privadas.

    A continuación, una descripción de los tipos de escuelas públicas y privadas en Oregón.

    Escuelas públicas
    Las escuelas públicas son escuelas gratuitas para todos los estudiantes, sean ciudadanos o no. Los estudiantes asisten a la escuela de su vecindario y tienen derecho a mostrar sus preferencias culturales y religiosas; también tienen derecho a un intérprete si  lo necesitan. Las familias pueden solicitar transferir a sus estudiantes a un distrito escolar diferente o a otra escuela dentro del mismo distrito escolar.

    Escuelas públicas chárter
    Las escuelas chárter son escuelas gratuitas y públicas gobernadas por su propia comunidad escolar local que a menudo incluye padres y maestros, en lugar de un distrito escolar. Las escuelas públicas chárter no son privadas ni religiosas. Por ley, las escuelas chárter no cobran colegiatura ni pueden ser selectivas en sus admisiones; cualquiera puede solicitar ingresar, y si el número de solicitudes de admisión llega a rebasar el número de espacios disponibles, se lleva a cabo una lotería para determinar, al azar y sin preferencia, quién será admitido. 

    Escuelas privadas
    Es necesario pagar para que los estudiantes puedan asistir. Muchas escuelas privadas están administradas por iglesias u organizaciones religiosas. Cada escuela privada tiene diferentes costos. Algunas conceden becas o subvenciones para ayudar a los estudiantes a acceder a esa escuela si su familia no tiene suficiente dinero para pagarla. Las escuelas privadas tienen reglas distintas a las escuelas públicas.

    Escuelas en casa o Educación en el hogar
    La escolarización en el hogar es otra opción educativa. En esta opción, son los padres o familiares los que educan a sus estudiantes en casa. Las opciones educativas dependen de los padres, pero aún deben conocer y cumplir con las leyes estatales de educación en el hogar. Cada estado tiene diferentes normas con respecto a la escolarización en el hogar. Los estudiantes que reciben escolarización en casa, pueden tener acceso a clases y actividades en las escuelas públicas.
    Diferencias específicas entre las escuelas públicas, chárter y privadas. En está página de encontrará información sencilla y concreta sobre las diferencias entre los tipos de escuelas.

    Otros recursos de Opciones de Aprendizaje en Oregón. Este recurso puede ayudarle a asegurarse que su estudiante asista a una escuela aprobada por el Departamento de Educación Pública de Oregón. 

    Inscripción para el kínder
    Si su niño cumple 5 años de edad antes del 1 de septiembre, comuníquese con su distrito escolar; los números de teléfono se encuentran al final de la segunda página del volante.

    Si vive en el condado de Multnomah, puede identificar su escuela o distrito escolar enviando el siguiente mensaje de texto: "MYSCHOOL" o "MIESCUELA" al 898211.

    Transición Temprana al Kínder (EKT) 
    Distrito Escolar de Portland

    Consulte con su distrito escolar para las escuelas participantes en el área fuera del Distrito Escolar de las Escuelas Públicas de Portland.  

    Preguntas frecuentes sobre el kínder 

    Head Start (Preescolar)
    Solicitud para el Head Start de las Escuelas Públicas de Portland (Preescolar PPS)

    Guía de recursos para padres sobre la etapa preescolar 

    Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Here we offer a compilation of activities and resources to enjoy the summer holiday.

    Free Library Fun:

    Summer Reading!
    Read for fun and to win prizes this summer. Our theme this year is about exploring and getting outdoors!

    Teens entering 6th through 12th grade are welcome to come hang out, create independent projects with art supplies, get to know the makerspace equipment, use the tablets and laptops, and more! Or pick up a STEAM-based Makerspace activity minikit at any Multnomah County library. All materials are included. 

    Events & Programs!
    Keep an eye on our Events page for upcoming summer programs for the whole family!


    Free activities throughout Multnomah County:

    Fairview’s Flicks in the Park
    Free family movies at Fairview’s Community Park.

    Gresham Arts Festival
    Celebrate the arts at the 20th annual Gresham Arts Festival in downtown Gresham. Featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest, a kids corner, local cuisine, treats and beverages.

    Gresham’s Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP)
    Free activities and lunch in some Gresham parks.

    Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads
    All of Portland’s Interactive fountains should be on by mid-May. Also check out Gresham’s Children’s Fountain

    Kids Bowl Free
    Sign-up your kids for 2 free games of bowling each day this summer at one of the participating bowling centers.

    Parks & Rec
    Visit parks in Fairview, Gresham, Portland, Troutdale and Wood Village. A couple parks we want to highlight are Gabriel Park with its new inclusive playground for all abilities, and Verdell Burdine Rutherford Park with its new renovated playground area. 

    Portland’s Summer Free for All 
    Portland Parks and Recreation is back with a full schedule for 2022 - concerts, movies, performing arts, plus free lunch and play.

    Portland’s Sunday Parkways
    Series of free events opening Portland’s streets to walk, bike, roll, and discover.

    Troutdale’s Movies in the Park
    Family movies shown at Troutdale’s Imagination Station.


    Summer lunches and other food resources:

    Free Summer Lunches for Kids
    Each summer, Oregon offers summer meal sites for children ages 1 to 18. Some programs offer learning activities for children before and after meals. There are several ways to find places to eat in your area. Find a site near you

    Meals 4 Kids 
    This site helps qualifying children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete the form. 

    Oregon Food Bank 
    Find food near you with this interactive map


    Reasonably priced summer fun:

    Come Thru Market
    Open on 1st and 3rd Mondays May-September, this farmer’s market centers Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers.  

    Farmers' Markets - Multnomah County  
    Who knew an ear of corn or fresh tomato could improve your health, your community and the environment, all at the same time? Buying local foods is a simple way to do all three!

    Ladybug Walks 
    For kids 0-6 and opens on Monday, May 23. Walks are on Monday and Thursday mornings at different locations each week and cost $9 for the first child, $6 for each additional child. Walks feature great age-appropriate environmental science education and kids get to borrow a cute ladybug backpack for the walk.

    Portland Indigenous Marketplace 
    Features art, jewelry, fashion, food, and wellness and is holding several market weekends throughout the summer.

    And take a look at our top 10 from last year for even more ideas!

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

    A growing body of research shows that time spent outside is good for you and your family’s mental health and that spending time in nature is a great way to boost everyone’s mood. When you think about it, the human brain is designed for hunting, fishing, climbing trees and collecting food. Humans have, for most of our history, relied on nature and spent most of our time in nature. It’s only “natural” that we would feel at home outdoors! 

    Many studies show that people report feelings of peace, contentment, and belonging when in nature. This might be because nature works to reduce the stress of cluttered and attention-demanding indoor environments. With less to focus and concentrate on, most people can relax their brain and truly destress, unlike when they find themselves in an attention-grabbing environment filled with television, phones, and other media. 

    And let’s not forget spending time outdoors usually involves exercise, which increases blood flow and oxygen through the body and the brain, resulting in an improved mood and more energy. Exercise also increases “happy” hormones, like serotonin.  

    So here are some ideas on how to get outside with your family! 

    Grow or pick food: Plant a vegetable garden in your own space or at a shared community garden. And depending on the season, there are many places in and around Multnomah County where you can go and pick-your-own fruits and veggies to enjoy!

    Bring nature indoors: Collect natural materials (something kids love to do!) and use them to decorate your space. Or find a place to put chairs where you can look out the window and see the sky and trees (great for rainy days!). You can also grow plants or flowers on your windowsill or even watch a video of nature with your family.

    Do outdoor activities: It can be as easy as taking a walk together, maybe with the family dog, or watching the stars after sunset. Maybe eat outdoors (or as Fancy Nancy likes to say, alfresco!). You can also have family exercise outside, by jogging together through a local park, playing tennis at a nearby school or park tennis courts, or doing yoga outside. And if you have a 4th grader in your home, don't forget you can enjoy national parks, lands, and waters for free, for a full year!

    Help the environment: Your family can take a monthly walk where you pick up litter or volunteer with groups who help with conservation or building animal habitats. 

    Notice nature: Again, something kids are “naturals” at (pun intended). Find things you can touch, smell or hear. Maybe keep a family journal of your experiences. Maybe challenge your family to notice up to three things in nature every day! Or maybe try “Forest Bathing” with a local group

    Connect with animals: Watch for wildlife when you are outside. Maybe hang a bird feeder, bat box or mason bee house where the family can watch. Backyard animals are everywhere! Visit a local farm or The Belmont Goats! (Librarian Jen volunteers with The Belmont Goats and they love visitors!) 

    More ideas on why, how and where to get started:

    Also check out our booklist below for titles about the joy of getting outside.

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

    Teacher in front of classroom
    Register for Kindergarten by June 1 is an outreach campaign to encourage and support parents to register their child before school offices close for the summer.

    Is your child registered for school? Don’t wait—many schools begin registering for kindergarten as early as January for children starting school in the fall. If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, contact your school district, and register for school! 

    Centennial School District   (503) 760-7990
    Centennial School District - Welcome to Kindergarten Booklet

    Corbett School   (503) 695-3636
    Corbett School - Kindergarten Enrollment

    District David Douglas School District   (503) 252-2900
    It's Time to Register for 2022-23 Kindergarten - David Douglas School District

    Gresham-Barlow School District   (503) 618-2450
    Parent Resources / Kindergarten

    Parkrose School District   (503) 408-2100
    Parkrose School District - Registration

    Portland Public Schools   (503) 916-3205
    Portland Public Schools - Register for Kindergarten

    Reynolds School District   (503) 661-7200
    Reynolds School District - Kindergarten registration

    Riverdale School District   (503) 892-0722 
    Enrollment Options / Options for Enrollment

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.

    ¡La biblioteca te ayuda a prepararte para el fin de cursos!

    Recibe ayuda para completar tus trabajos escolares con Live Homework Help from Los tutores pueden revisar y editar tus escritos y ayudarte a resolver problemas matemáticos. también ofrece prácticas para exámenes como PSAT, SAT, ACT y Clases Avanzadas (AP). Los tutores están disponibles todos los días de 2 a 10 pm; y pueden ayudarte en español, inglés y vietnamita. 

    Tenemos varios libros electrónicos y guías de estudio para ayudarte con las matemáticas, ciencias y escritura de ensayos; así como prepararte para los exámenes de Clases Avanzadas. Otro sitio para practicar los exámenes del SAT y ACT es LearningExpres Library. ¿Indeciso si tomar el SAT o el ACT?

    Para usar los recursos en línea, solo necesitas una tarjeta de la biblioteca o tu número de Library Connect, que es como una tarjeta de biblioteca. Para usar Library Connect, revisa estos pasos. Si necesitas una contraseña, llámanos por teléfono, correo electrónico o chat entre las 9 am y 5 pm.


    Graduating student in cap and gown taking selfie with Elder.
    The whole wide world is open to you after high school. You can be anything you want! But what choices do you want to make out of the millions available to you? 

    There’s an infinite variety of work out there. What matters most to you? Which skills and talents do you already have and which do you want to build? What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens helps narrow down those infinite choices into some concrete steps.  

    The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an online database that outlines the skills and education needed for hundreds of careers in a wide variety of fields. It identifies which fields and jobs are growing or shrinking and which jobs are related and how. 

    By Oregon law, every school district offers Career and Technical Education programs - Portland Public Schools, Gresham, Centennial, Parkrose, Reynolds, and David Douglas. These include a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities in class and in the community.  

    Hands-on experience in a field can help you figure out if that’s the career for you. Interested in a medical career? Volunteer at OHSU. Interested in Information Technology? Try Free Geek. Interested in social work? Try Oregon Food Bank. Interested in construction? Try The Rebuilding Center. Interested in a career with animals? Try the Zoo or the Audubon Society or the Humane Society. Love the library? Volunteer for us!

    If you’re thinking about a business career, De la Salle North Catholic High School offers a work-study program where you can work in a corporate partner office one day a week to pay for your private high school tuition and learn job skills.

    If you’re interested in being an entrepreneur, you can start now. Moziah Bridges started making and selling bow ties at age nine and wrote a guide to starting a business at age 17. Mikaila Ulmer started her lemonade stand as a kid and grew it into a multi-million dollar foundation to help save bees by age 15. If those stories inspire you, The Young Adult Library of Small Business and Finance ebook series takes you through making a plan, finding funding, and marketing your business. Librarian Tara wrote a blog post about library resources to use when starting a business.

    Many students from all sorts of backgrounds and with all sorts of goals choose to go to college after high school. The library has collected sources of information on financial aid, choosing a college, college admissions, and studying abroad on our College help for teens page.

    But with the high cost of college, many people are looking at alternatives. In a survey, more than half of teens said they were not interested in a four-year degree. They’d rather have shorter, job-focused training. And many of those going to college are looking for apprenticeship or internship opportunities.

    Many skilled construction trades offer interesting and challenging work with good pay and benefits. Vocational high school programs, like Benson Polytechnic, can get you directly into an apprenticeship. Girls Build offers camps and afterschool programs to encourage girls to enter the building trades.

    For those who have already graduated, Oregon Tradewomen offers a Trades and Apprenticeship Careers Class as a first step to learn about construction trades and enter into a paid apprenticeship.  

    Portland Youth Builders has two programs: Youth Build combines work toward a high school diploma or GED with vocational training in construction or technology. Or if you’ve already earned a high school diploma or GED, you can enter the nine-week Bridge program that prepares you for a paid apprenticeship and includes career counseling and leadership development.

    If you have a disability, you can work with state Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Services as early as age 14 to start building skills, exploring interests, and learning about the supports that can help you find and keep a job. Once you enter your junior year, you’ll start working with your school team to learn about your diploma options and plan your transition into your next steps after high school.

    The number of students taking a gap year is up* thanks to the pandemic. For many, a gap year offers time to rest, explore and mature before settling on a major and career. There are pros and cons to a gap year. Some people engage with a gap year program, but many young people take an independent gap year, working full or part time, living away from home for the first time, volunteering at home or abroad, or traveling.

    For those with an interest in community service, AmeriCorps has many positions to grow your skills and make a difference. AmeriCorps members serve part time or full time for year-long positions, such as helping run after school programs, teaching cooking classes at the food bank, or helping veterans find affordable housing. The National Civilian Conservation Corps division of AmeriCorps works on hands-on conservation and climate change mitigation projects. Members in either program get a modest monthly stipend and an education award at the end of the year that can go for tuition or paying off student loans.

    Still daunted? That’s okay! You’ve got your whole life and a lot to explore. Failing and recovering are part of what makes a great life after high school as much as your successes and achievements. So try something new, muck around, change your mind, and have fun!

    *You will need a library card number to access these library databases. You will also need one to place holds on library books and/or check them out. Thankfully, Multnomah County Library has partnered with public school districts to provide students with automatic library accounts. See Library Connect for more information. 

    This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at with any questions.


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