Early Education, Literacy and Child Care


CESDClackamas ESD administers a variety of programs to benefit young children in our community. These include Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), Head Start To Success, and Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R). Early intervention programs provide services that are individually designed to address the special education needs of the young child with developmental delays or disabilities. Click their logo to visit their program website and get more information about these services. Clackamas County Child Care Resource and Referral works to ensure that all children have access to quality, nurturing environments through information, personalized referrals, and training for both parents and child care providers.

asqAges & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are a series of parent completed questionnaires that screen and monitor a child’s development between 1 month and 5 years of age. ASQ results help determine if the child’s development is on schedule or if further assessment or specialized services may be needed. ASQ Oregon Online is a free, confidential interactive site for parents/family/caregivers to check a child’s early development

Clackamas County Libraries are a great resource for families, offering FREE literacy and arts-based programs for children, teens and adults as well as FREE Cultural Passes to some of Portland’s most popular family friendly destinations like Portland Children’s Museum, Evergreen Aviation Museum and the Japanese Gardens as well as many others! Click on the logo to go to the central Clackamas County library hub and access all they have to offer! Libraries in Clackamas County have wonderful story time programs, see their website for an up to date calendar of offerings at all locations!


The Youth Music Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established under the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation. The Youth Music Project’s mission is to provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth by offering free or low cost lessons, free instrument use, and exceptional performance opportunities.  Lessons are offered on a sliding scale, including low-cost or free instruction and free instrument use for students on the free or reduced school lunch program.  In addition, the project provides students with a performance venue equipped with sound and video recording capabilities. Classes are offered year-round and include private lessons, group ensembles, and some seriously sweet summer camps. Click on logo to go to the Youth Music Project website!


Music Together® is an early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them®. First offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Click their icon and visit the Music Together website for more info!


BabyLink is Obaby-with-cell-phoneNE phone number you can call to find information and links to resources for expecting and new parents and their families, in Clackamas County. The BabyLink line is answered by knowledgeable staff that can sign you up for many services, as well as direct you to the information you need. BabyLink is also unique in that it accepts text messages as well! Please click on the Babylink Logo to access their website!

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Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start is a non-profit organization that serves 3 and 4 year-old children of low income families residing in Clackamas County. Head Start does not charge any fees. We provide quality pre-school, education, nutritious meals, regular health screenings including dental, vision and hearing, mental health, and family services including home visits. Please click on Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start logo to visit their website and enroll your child now!

hf logoHealthy Family services are voluntary and free! Income level does not matter. Parents who are expecting or whose child is less than 90 days old may be eligible to receive home visits and one-on-one parenting support and education from a Healthy Family home visitor. Our family support workers offer a variety of services that help inform parents about many parenting issues such as bonding with your baby, breastfeeding support, postpartum changes, healthy infant growth, development and milestones, as well as resources in your community.  Please click on logo to access the Healthy Family’s website.

Childare Resource and ReferralOregon Childcare Resource and Referral  is a network that helps parents to find a child care provider, learn to assess what quality childcare is, understand childhood behavior, and find ways to pay for childcare. Please click on the logo to be connected to the Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network website!



The Clackamas Bookshelf provides free books to low-income children in Clackamas County, with the understanding that widespread access to books offers positive, long-term benefits to our entire community. The Clackamas Bookshelf Store is open the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm. We are located behind Kraxberger Middle School – 17777 Webster Rd. Gladstone, Oregon 97027


SMARTEvery child should be able to read. With your help, they can.

Each year, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support, and books for those who need them most. Click their logo to see more program info on their site.


VroomNew science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why is here.  turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.


FSS-doc-logo-300x151Family Stepping Stones mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through early intervention efforts that focus on developing and supporting children, strengthening parents and preserving the family by working with families to stay safe, together and thriving. Family Stepping Stones provides therapeutic childhood development services for children and comprehensive family support.  Learning and positive change occurs best within an environment that is respectful, informed, removes barriers, and provides a consistent, strengths-based approach..