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.

2018-2019 Calendar(s)

Early Intervention (0-3 yrs. of age): MECP 2018-19 EI Family Calendar

Early Childhood Special Education (3-5 yrs. of age): MECP 2018-19 ECSE Family Calendar (revised 08/2018)


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 

Important Information from the Refugee Center Online

















Want to join an Autism research study without ever leaving your house?

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:

SPARK – OHSU – Parent Brochure – Trim


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

Click here to go to the newsletter:

2018-19 Procedural Safeguards

Parent Handbooks

Early Childhood PEER Clipart

MECP’s PEER Preschool Program

MECP Peer flyer ENGLISH 2018

MECP Peer flyer SPANISH 2018


2018-19 PEER Parent Letter


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.

For more information about our PEER program or to apply, please review and complete our PEER application found here:

English – 2018-19 PEER Application Packet

 Spanish PEER Application Packet 2018-19


Once you have completed the application, you can bring it to us in person at 5208 NE 122nd, Portland, OR 97230. If you are unable to bring it to us in person, please call us at 503-261-5535 for our fax or email information.


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


For MECP Specific information, go here:

English Immunization Graph 2018

Spanish Immunization Graph 2018


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-2017-2018 immunization information

Spanish- 2017-2018 immunization information


Measles Information

Chinese-Measles brochure

English-Measles brochure

Russian-Measles brochure

Somali-Measles brochure

Spanish-Measles brochure

Vietnamese-Measles brochure

For more information go here:

Help during the Holidays

Holiday Resources-2016

Food Bank Information

Harvest Share & East Food Pantry Flyer

Tax Information

2017 Tax Exemption for Parents of Children with Disabilities


The Oregon Tax Code provides an additional tax exemption for parents of eligible children with disabilities in Oregon. The procedure for claiming an exemption for the 2017 tax year is explained in the Oregon Individual Income Tax Return and Instruction booklets. The info you need is on page 12.

More information can be found here:

211 Logo  Looking for childcare in your area? Need information and support around housing, utilities, or food? 211 is the place to go.


CCR&R (Child Care Resource and Referral)


Children's Institute Logo      Children’s Institute


FACT logo   FACT (Families and Communities Together)

Family Voices Logo     IMPACT

NWDSA Logo     NWDSA (NW Down Syndrome Association)

OR Family to Family LogoOregon Family to Family

Providence Health & Services     Swindells Center