For Parents

Parent Involvement

Research shows parent involvement is the most important factor in determining a child’s success in school. At MECP we believe that you are your child’s best teacher. We look forward to working together with you to help ensure your child enters Kindergarten ready to learn.

How can parents be involved?

  • Try the ideas and suggestions recommended by your child’s providers.
  • Read to your child every day.
  • Talk to your child often. Describe, label, comment and ask questions.
  • Play with your child.


MECP will request your email address at the point of initial referral to our program. This is so that we can send you important documents, schedule meetings, and communicate with you. We will also ask if you prefer to receive information for scheduling purposes via text message.

Please let your service coordinator know your preferred communication method, whether it is via telephone, email, text messages, or notes back and forth.

Program Calendar(s)

Program calendars can be found under “Program Calendars” on the right hand side of this page.

If your child is sick

If your child is sick and/or you need to cancel your appointment, please call your service coordinator.  Not sure whether you should keep your child home or not? Read this document to find out:

English-Keep Me Home If       Spanish-Keep me home if 

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SPARK gives you the opportunity to become part of the biggest Autism study ever attempted. By registering online and returning a saliva sample, you can help Autism researchers undertake critical studies to advance our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Please click here to learn more

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MECP sends out newsletters to all families via email 3-4 times per year.

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2020-21 Procedural Safeguards

MECP Procedural Safeguards – ArabicMECP Procedural Safeguards – ChineseMECP Procedural Safeguards – English
MECP Procedural Safeguards – RussianMECP Procedural Safeguards – SpanishMECP Procedural Safeguards – Vietnamese

Parent Handbooks

2020-21 MECP Parent Handbook – English 2020-21 MECP Parent Handbook- Spanish

MECP’s PEER Preschool Program

MECP's PEER Preschool Program

2021-22 MECP PEER Flyer – English
2021-22 MECP PEER Flyer – Spanish

2021-22 PEER Parent Letter – English

2021-22 PEER Parent Letter – Spanish

Multnomah Early Childhood Program has a PEER program for children three to five years of age. This is an integrated preschool for children with identified learning challenges and their non-disabled peers.

PEERS have the option of coming 4 days a week, 2.45 hours each day, in the morning or in the afternoon. The cost to attend is $32 per month on a sliding scale.

To apply for the MECP PEER Preschool Program, please follow these steps:

Para solicitar entrar como Compañero (o PEER, siglas en el inglés) en el Programa Preescolar de MECP, por favor siga estos pasos:

STEP 1: please review our Parent Informational packet located here:

  • Arabic: الخطوة 1: يرجى مراجعة حزمة معلومات الآباء الموجودة هنا:
  • Chinese: 步骤1:请在此处查看我们的家长信息包:
  • Russian: ШАГ 1: пожалуйста, просмотрите наш информационный пакет для родителей, расположенный здесь:
  • Spanish: Primer paso: por favor repase nuestro paquete informativo para padres lo cual que se encuentra aquí:
  • Vietnamese: BƯỚC 1: vui lòng xem lại gói Thông tin dành cho Phụ huynh của chúng tôi ở đây:
2021-22 English – Parent Information Packet 2021-22 Spanish – Parent Information Packet

STEP 2: Fill out our online application located here:

  • Arabic: الخطوة 2: املأ طلبنا عبر الإنترنت الموجود هنا:
  • Chinese: 步骤2:填写以下在线申请:
  • Russian: ШАГ 2: Заполните нашу онлайн заявку, расположенную здесь:
  • Spanish: Segundo paso: completar la solicitud en línea que se encuentra aquí:
  • Vietnamese: BƯỚC 2: Điền vào ứng dụng trực tuyến của chúng tôi nằm ở đây:

2021-22 MECP online PEER preschool application

If you are unable to fill out the application online above, you can fill out the fillable application form located below and email it to us at:

  • Arabic: إذا كنت غير قادر على ملء الطلب عبر الإنترنت أعلاه ، يمكنك ملء نموذج الطلب الموجود أدناه وإرساله إلينا بالبريد الإلكتروني على:
  • Chinese: 如果您无法在线填写上方的申请表,可以填写下方的可填写的申请表,并将其通过电子邮件发送给我们
  • Russian: Если вы не можете заполнить онлайн-заявку выше, вы можете заполнить заполненную форму заявки, расположенную ниже, и отправить ее нам по электронной почте:
  • Spanish: Si no puedes llenar la solicitud en línea que se encuentra aquí, puedes llenar el formulario de solicitud rellenable que se encuentra a continuación y enviarlo por correo electrónico al:
    Vietnamese: Nếu bạn không thể điền đơn trực tuyến ở trên, bạn có thể điền vào mẫu đơn có thể điền được bên dưới và gửi email cho chúng tôi tại:
English – 2021-22 MECP PEER preschool applicationSpanish – 2021-22 MECP PEER preschool application

STEP 3 (Final step): Fill out and sign the PEER Payment Form & the PEER Household Income Survey Form below and mail it to us at: MECP, 5208 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230. Once we receive these 2 forms, your application process is complete.

Arabic: الخطوة 3 (الخطوة الأخيرة): املأ نموذج دفع PEER ونموذج مسح دخل الأسرة أدناه ووقع عليه وأرسله إلينا بالبريد على العنوان التالي: MECP، 5208 NE 122nd Avenue، Portland، أو 97230. بمجرد أن نتلقى هذين النموذجين ، عملية التقديم كاملة.
Chinese: 第 3 步(最后一步):填写并签署下面的 PEER 付款表和 PEER 家庭收入调查表,然后邮寄给我们:MECP, 5208 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230。一旦我们收到这 2 份表格,您的申请流程完成。
Russian: ШАГ 3 (заключительный шаг): Заполните и подпишите Платежную форму PEER и Форму обследования семейного дохода PEER ниже и отправьте ее нам по адресу: MECP, 5208 NE 122nd Avenue, Портленд, ИЛИ 97230. Как только мы получим эти 2 формы, ваш процесс подачи заявки завершен.
Spanish: PASO 3 (Paso final): Complete y firme el Formulario de pago PEER y el Formulario de encuesta de ingresos del hogar PEER a continuación y envíenoslo por correo a: MECP, 5208 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230. Una vez que recibamos estos 2 formularios, su El proceso de solicitud está completo.
Vietnamese: BƯỚC 3 (Bước cuối cùng): Điền và ký tên vào Mẫu thanh toán PEER & Mẫu khảo sát thu nhập hộ gia đình PEER bên dưới và gửi cho chúng tôi theo địa chỉ: MECP, 5208 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, HOẶC 97230. Sau khi chúng tôi nhận được 2 biểu mẫu này, quá trình nộp đơn đã hoàn tất.
English – 2021-22 PEER Payment Form Spanish – 2021-22 PEER Payment Form
English – 2021-22 PEER Household Income Survey Form Spanish – 2021-22 PEER Household Income Survey Form

Please note: Children can not start in the MECP PEER preschool program until the PEER Payment Form & the PEER Household Income Survey Form have been signed and mailed in.

Arabic: يرجى ملاحظة: لا يمكن للأطفال البدء في برنامج ما قبل المدرسة MECP PEER حتى يتم التوقيع على نموذج دفع PEER ونموذج مسح دخل الأسرة PEER وإرسالهما بالبريد.
Chinese: 请注意:在 PEER 付款表和 PEER 家庭收入调查表签署并邮寄之前,儿童不能开始参加 MECP PEER 学前班计划。
Russian: Обратите внимание: дети не могут начать дошкольную программу MECP PEER до тех пор, пока форма оплаты PEER и форма обследования семейного дохода PEER не будут подписаны и отправлены по почте.
Spanish: Tenga en cuenta: Los niños no pueden comenzar en el programa preescolar MECP PEER hasta que se hayan firmado y enviado por correo el Formulario de pago PEER y el Formulario de encuesta de ingresos del hogar PEER.
Vietnamese: Xin lưu ý: Trẻ em không thể bắt đầu chương trình mầm non MECP PEER cho đến khi Mẫu thanh toán PEER & Mẫu khảo sát Thu nhập Hộ gia đình PEER đã được ký và gửi qua đường bưu điện.


Schools and facilities are required to have their immunization and exemption rates available.

For MECP Specific information, go here:

For Multnomah County information, go here:

English & Spanish – Multnomah County Immunization Rates March 2020

For statewide Oregon EI/ECSE Immunization Rates, go here:

For more information regarding the requirements for reporting immunizations, go here:


For information regarding what is needed to attend school, please go here:

English – Immunization information 2019-20
Russian – Immunization information 2019-20
Spanish – Immunization information 2019-20
Vietnamese – Immunization information 2019-20

Important Information regarding Measles



Chinese-Measles brochureSomali-Measles brochure
English-Measles brochureSpanish-Measles brochure
Russian-Measles brochureVietnamese-Measles brochure

For more information go here:

Helpful Resources:

Resource Guide for MECP Families 2019-20

Holiday Resources-2018

Food Bank Information:

Harvest Share & East Food Pantry Flyer

Tax Information

2020 Tax Exemption for Parents of Children with Disabilities

The Oregon Tax Code provides a tax exemption for parents of eligible children with disabilities in Oregon. The procedure for claiming the exemption for the 2020 tax year is explained in the Oregon Individual Income Tax Return and Instruction booklets. A child qualifies if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies as a dependent of the parent(s) for tax year 2020;
  • Is eligible for early intervention services (birth to age 3), early childhood special education services (ages 3 to 5) or receives special education as defined by the State Board of Education of the state where the child attends school; and,
  • Is considered to have a disability as of December 31, 2020 under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related Oregon laws.

Tax exemption summaries have been created in English Page 1 and Page 2 and Spanish Page 1 and Page 2 to provide additional information.

If you have questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Education county contact for your school district.

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