Upcoming Events

Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day

Leading in an Equity Movement Workshop

Our Next Event is Here! Kick Off the New Year with a More Equitable Workplace

Jan 10th + Jan 30th, 2023

Join KairosPDX Co-Founders Marsha Williams, CEO and Zalika Gardner, CECO to launch the new year with the Leading In An Equity Movement Workshop.

Our two-session workshop offers your team an opportunity to explore why organizational equity is essential for success in today’s business landscape and how you can get started.”

The Event of the New Year

By participating in the Leading in an Equity Movement workshop, your leadership team will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of essential DEI topics such as; the financial value of diversity, retention and promotion, organizational values and landscape, and
  • A greater understanding of how leadership in equity can look within your company.

Sign up to get more information on pricing, receive our event flier, and learn more about the training!

Book Your Seat(s) Now here.

Heart & Sole Fun Run Oct. 6th

We are excited to announce our first ever Heart & Sole Fun Run. On Thursday, October 6, 2022 in the morning, our KairosPDX student leaders will be participating in a fun run. The Heart & Sole Fun Run helps raise money to support the programs at KairosPDX throughout the year and support things like the costs of class field trips and building technology. Our goal this first year is for 100% community participation by spreading the word about the event and enthusiastically running on the day. We are hoping our school overall can get at least 500 gifts of any size! Yes!! We can do this.

From now until Monday October 10, we are collecting funds online. You can throw your support behind a particular classroom or support KairosPDX as a whole. There will be fun rewards based on participation for our leaders as we reach some milestones along the way. 

The day of the run, there will be plenty of fun and cheering. We need and count on volunteers to help us make this event fun, safe and successful. You do need to be on the approved school volunteer list to assist us in this position. Please visit this link to become a volunteer.

10 Year Birthday Bash!

Back To School Shopping Fundraiser

In partnership with the Historic Mississippi Business Association (HMBA), eat, drink, and shop your favorite Mississippi Avenue businesses with 10% of proceeds going to KairosPDX, eliminating prolific racial and achievement opportunity gaps.


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, and will be honored on Thursday, December 5, 2019, check out the full list


KairosPDX received Portland Monthly Magazine 2019 Light a Fire Award in the category of Exceptional Community Contribution. During the Gala, the audience voted for one of the awardees in the seven


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