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Spread the Love 2022

Our Annual event that honors our kids and raises money to support our transformative work in the community


KairosPDX Early Learning Academy 
2022-23 School Year

We exist to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate leaders. Establishing the Early Learning Academy is vital to realizing this mission. We know that rich and meaningful early childhood experiences create an essential foundation for lifelong learning and civic engagement. In partnership with Preschool for All, this program will be a pilot site for Multnomah County’s universal preschool initiative. It is offered at no cost to families.

To be eligible, the child must:

  • Be age three or four by September 1, 2022
  • Have a parent or legal guardian living in Multnomah County

At KairosPDX, priority will be given to:

  • Siblings of current students
  • Children/grandchildren of current staff

Enrollment timeline:

Please note: the Application for Enrollment is Step 1 of the process. If your child is offered placement, you will need to complete additional forms, provide proof of age and proof of residency to secure the spot for 2022-23. 

In the Month of August, enrolled families will have opportunities to visit the classroom, meet the teachers and each other. 

School will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. School hours will be:

  • 8:30am-2:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 8:30am-1:30pm on Wednesday (early dismissal). 

Breakfast and lunch will be available by the school. Transportation and after care are not available at this time.

KairosPDX Learning Academy applications must be received by 4:30pm on May 16, 2022 to be considered for the enrollment process (including lottery if necessary). In the 2022-23 school year, there will be 14 spots available. If more than 14 children meet the eligibility criteria and express an interest in this program by Monday, May 16th, a weighted lottery (see KairosPDX admissions policy at the end of this application) will determine enrollment. 

Applications will still be accepted after this date until all spaces are filled, after which students will be placed on our waitlist, as needed. 

This preschool program will be offered to families at no cost. Our hope is to create a learning community where each child feels connected to and known by others. Therefore, daily attendance is essential. If there are obstacles which may impact your child’s regular participation, please let us know so we can work together to find solutions.

Questions? Please email

Application for Enrollment

This fall, Zalika spoke at a panel for supporting leaders in literacy. Watch her inspiring talk for the SMART Reading Summit here.

Zalika’s play start at 2:27:45


KairosPDX receives “In the City, For the City” Partnership Award from Warner Pacific University on April 14, 2018

KairosPDX Receives the Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Award for Outstanding Organization on December 7, 2018

KairosPDX Co-Founders, Marsha Williams, Zalika Gardner & Kali Thorne Ladd receive the 2019 Women of Excellence Award for Education from the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on May 18, 2019

KairosPDX landed on Portland Business Journal’s ‘Most Admired Companies in Oregon’ list within the nonprofit sector for the second year in a row. This year we made the top 10!

KairosPDX received Portland Monthly Magazine 2019 Light a Fire Award in the category of Exceptional Community Contribution. 


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