Mayor Ted Wheeler    |      Lisa Pellegrino, Director
April 2019
Pass It On
Check out the 2019 Levy Community Report!
The new PCL Community Report is here. 

This year's theme is "Reflections," as we visited with stude nts and families who participated in Levy-supported programs from years past, some as long as a decade ago.  They shared their reflections on how those programs impacted their lives. Our thanks to Levy partner organizations and their former students and families who helped make this report possible.
Print copies available too!
New PCL logo!
The Levy has a new logo to signify our solid foundation since 2002, and clear direction as we move forward. Check out the Logo Toolkit on our website as well.
Here, you'll find various logo versions that can be downloaded for your social media/print collateral needs, and a handy style guide. Questions? Contact John or Mary Gay at PCL.  
4th annual greater Portland Young Parent Fair
The Greater Portland Young Parent Fair, sponsored by Squires, Empowering Teen Dads, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, May 23rd at KingPins Family Entertainment Center, 3550 SE 92nd.
This is an opportunity for parents ages 25 and younger to connect with multiple community resources, employment and education opportunities while having fun! Info in English HERE. Info in Spanish HERE.
Featured Video
County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson: 
Why she joined the Allocation Committee

Did you know that the Children's Levy is overseen by a five-person Allocation Committee that meets publicly to make funding decisions? Meet the Multnomah County Commission member, Jessica Vega Pederson. We tagged along on her tour of the preschool at Friendly House to learn more about its play-based curriculum focused on social, emotional, cognitive, & physical development.

PCL Programs Making a Difference:
As the final recess whistle was blown on my first day at Kelly Elementary, my body felt relief as I dragged my feet to my office. "Wow," I thought to myself, "This is going to be a long
and crazy year." As I turned the key to my quiet office I heard a stampede of three fourth-grade students running toward the door, arms overflowing with recess equipment.
"Are you our new coach?!" they all questioned as they rushed through my door placing all the equipment in the designated spots. 
Allocation Committee News
Upcoming AC meeting scheduled for April 8th
The AC will meet from 2 - 4 p.m. Monday, April 8th in City Hall Council Chambers.  More details can be found on the AC meeting agenda
Early Childhood News
It's time to sign up for kindergarten
Do you work with families with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1st? If they are heading to kindergarten they should sign up by June 1st. Families should sign up at their neighborhood school in the next few months to give children a good start, connect to summer activities, and get access to free resources. School offices close for the summer, so don't wait. To identify your school, call 2-1-1 or text "MYSCHOOL" to 898211 
More info will be coming soon, and go HERE for a flier for families.
Stay Informed about Levy Updates

Click here to check out PCL's website!
PCL helps nonprofits recruit volunteers

I t's a good idea to be listed on our Volunteer Opportunities page.  If you are an organization that accepts volunteers, please  email us  with: 
  1.  A link: either to your website where volunteer information can be found, or the email and/or phone number of the name of the person responsible for volunteers.
  2. A short blurb about what you are looking for from volunteers.
  3. If you would like to include any specific wording about outreach to older and/or retired potential volunteers.
PCL Staff Contacts
Director, After School & Hunger grants:
Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:
Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:
Communications Director:

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Fiscal Specialist:
Who We Are

The Portland Children's Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed for the third time by the electorate in May 2018. Funding for the new five-year Levy begins July 1, 2019 and runs through June 30, 2024.

The Levy is supported through a property tax paid by City of Portland homeowners that generates $21 million toward investments in proven programs in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention, Foster Care and Hunger Relief. The Levy reaches over 8,000 children and their families annually; in addition, Levy-funded hunger relief services provide food to over 11,000 children and 9,167 parents/caregivers annually.

The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent.
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947 or e-mail
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