Community PartnersHIPS

To enrich the educational experience of our students, we have engaged a selection of carefully vetted community partners. These partners will be available to provide FREE wrap-around services for elementary families such as after-care or provide a safe, supervised care space on remote days during our hybrid scenario:

  • Programming will be conducted through December 4th, end of the First Trimester.

  • Partnerships will be organized geographically and students will be kept in their designated learning cohorts to the extent possible.

  • After school Programs are available to students on their in-person days. All day programs are available to students on their remote days.

  • Partnerships prioritize elementary school age children and children of PPS staff members.

  • Partnerships are designed to inspire a range of passion-driven pursuits by tapping into Portland’s rich pool of non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and humanities.

  • General health and safety protocols will be clearly communicated and adhered to at all times.

Click on this link to find out openings and registration information.

BLue Wave Basketball

Blue Wave Basketball was founded in the Spring of 2011 with the goal of teaching boys and girls in the Greater Portland area the proper way to learn the fundamentals of the game of basketball. In addition, Blue Wave Basketball teaches kids more than “how” to do a skill, but “why” they are doing a particular skill with a focus on the mastering of proper practice habits.

Boys & Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club of Maine focuses on three priority areas of outcome: Academic Success, Good Character + Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine includes five Club locations serving the Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn Communities.

Breakwater School

Breakwater’s mission is to engage our students in an optimal learning experience that inspires them to live well on the planet, embrace their whole being, and realize their full potential. We accomplish this by continually reviewing and applying the best educational practice while remaining true to our community’s values and spirit. > LEARN MORE/PROGRAM IS FULL

Children's Museum + Theatre

The Children's Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning. In addition to offering one-of-a-kind, hands-on exhibits, the Museum & Theatre leads daily educational activities for all ages and produces fully-staged theater productions featuring youth actors. > LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community’s programs are rooted in the idea that everyone has the right to good food. We empower New Americans by teaching them sustainable farming practices and connecting them to the community through our food hub. Cultivating Community helps provide access to local, healthy foods for low-income consumers, providing affordable produce through CSA shares, farm stands, and mobile markets. Investing in youth of all ages and backgrounds, Cultivating Community offers opportunities for food education, community engagement, and leadership development. > LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

Jewish Community Alliance

The Jewish Community Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving the Jewish Community of Southern Maine by providing educational and social programming and fundraising. The JCA develops, provides, and supports diverse programs, education, and services. PROGRAM IS FULL

Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation offers a vast array of recreation programs and clinics for preschool, youth, family, teens, adults, and senior adults at its five community centers. Our Park Rangers make sure our parks are safe for all, and our hard working maintenance crews keep our parks beautiful in the summer and plow our city sidewalks and trails in the winter.

Portland Stage

The leading professional theater in Northern New England, Portland Stage is committed to creating great art, passionate about using the theater to educate, and dedicated to enriching our community. Portland Stage is passionately committed to being a vital partner in the fabric of our community by building relationships through hard work, transparency, collaboration, and education. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

Sea Change Yoga

Sea Change Yoga brings the healing power of trauma-informed yoga & meditation to all. We bring the evidence-based practices of trauma-informed yoga and meditation to those who have experienced trauma, are under-served and marginalized, and in need of emotional regulation and increased physical and mental health that trauma-informed yoga and meditation practice provides. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

The Root Cellar

The Root Cellar engages neighbors and volunteers to cultivate social, economic, and spiritual wholeness as part of God's Kingdom. Since 1984, we have been committed to loving the residents of Maine's most impoverished neighborhoods. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW


YMCA of Southern Maine's mission is to build strong kids, individuals, families, and communities through programs and services that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, regardless of ability to pay. YMCA is focused on improving the community through facets of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. LEARN MORE & REGISTER NOW

Youth & Family Outreach

Since its origins in 1844 as a community outreach mission of the Portland Ministries at Large, Youth & Family Outreach has focused its efforts on serving the community with compassion. Youth and Family Outreach has a rich, unwavering history of meeting the needs of Portland's children and families. PROGRAM IS FULL