POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Dan Saltzman Special Projects Portland Children's Levy

Portland Children's Levy

Program Website: Portland Children's Levy

Program Mission: The Portland Children's Levy was

originally created through a voter-approved levy in 2002 and renewed twice (in 2008 and 2013). The Levy is etimated to generate approximately $13 million annually to support scores of programs around the city for children from birth through high school. Each year, programs funded through the Portland Children's Levy better the lives of 16,000 of Portland's neediest children and their families and:

  • Provide early childhood education and intervention, parenting education and access to immunizations and health screenings so children enter kindergarten ready to succeed;
  • Offer safe and constructive after-school and mentoring programs to promote academic achievement, provide role models and increase children's engagement in school;
  • Provide child abuse prevention and intervention services to reach children affected by family violence, parental drug and alcohol use, and homelessness and to support families most at risk for abuse and neglect;
  • Improve the lives of children in foster care; and
  • Provide hunger relief for needy children.

To find out more about the Levy, their staff, the programs the Levy funds or for past media releases and reports, please click here to go to the website for the Portland Children's Levy.