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Early Learning and Child Care

Child Care and After School Programs

211 Info provides free support for child care referrals in Oregon and SW Washington. They also connect callers to a broad range of health and human services.

  • Search the online database for resources or call “211” to speak to a resource expert. They are open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.211info logo with info on how to contact them via text, dialing, and web linkm., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.  They are also available by email at children@211info.org or text the keyword children to 898211.

YMCA provides child care programs for children six weeks to 12 years of age. After-school programs are available in many Washington County public schools during the school year. Child care is also provided in Childhood Development Centers in Hillsboro, Beaverton and Sherwood. Summer programs exist at some locations. Financial help is available.

Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club in Hillsboro offers after-school care for youth ages six to 18. There is often a waiting list for entrance to this program.

What to Look for in Child Care

Community Action Family Resources lists guidelines to consider when choosing a child care provider.

Spark is a statewide program that supports ongoing improvement to the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs in Oregon. Find Spark rated quality child care providers by entering your zip code.     

Preschool Programs for Eligible Families

Preschool Promise is a high-quality, publicly funded, preschool program that serves families with children ages (3) and (4) in families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, children in foster care, children in families facing homelessness and children from other historically underserved populations. The program is delivered in a variety of settings including centers, homes and schools.  To learn more or to complete a parent or guardian Interest Form visit the Early Learning Washington County website.

Community Action Head Start offers Head Start, Early Head Start and Oregon Pre-Kindergarten programs for children ages 0 – 5.  Head Start programs provide comprehensive services and are open to families living at or below the federal poverty level.

Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) offers Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, Early Head Start and Oregon Pre-Kindergarten programs for children ages 0 – 5. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services and are open to families living at or below the federal poverty level.  Parent programs are available to all families with children enrolled in the program.

Elementary School Preschool Programs

Check with your local elementary school to see if there is a preschool program your child may be eligible for.