Every Child Deserves a High-quality Preschool Education

Measure 26-214 would create universal preschool in Multnomah County, providing tuition-free preschool to all 3- and 4-years olds in our community and ensuring a fair and livable wage for preschool teachers. Benefitting our whole community with a return of up to $16 for every $1 invested, it would also address inequities in our community by prioritizing families with the least access to preschool today. The community-driven plan would be funded by a marginal income tax on only the highest earners, ensuring only those who can afford to pay would pay. 

Measure 26-214 is the single-biggest anti-poverty initiative on the ballot in Multnomah County this November.  Join our Preschool for All coalition of supporters by voting YES for the best universal preschool plan this country has ever seen this November 3.

What will Measure 26-214—Preschool for All—do?

  • Serves all 3- and 4-year-olds, with no tuition cost to families
  • Prioritizes Black and Brown children, children who speak languages other than English, children experiencing poverty, and children with developmental delays and disabilities. 
  • Offers a mixed delivery model with a range of options to meet family needs: in-home programs and center-based care; full-day, part-day, and extended-day programs; and school-year and year-round options will all be available, as well as multi-generational and culturally specific early learning programs. 
  • Promotes inclusive environments by prohibiting suspensions and expulsions.
  • Offers a living wage for providers – teachers on par with kindergarten teachers
  • Assistants will be paid a minimum of $18/hr, with cost of living increases tied to those negotiated by the County’s labor unions. 
  • Adds capacity as quickly as possible, while maintaining program quality and a commitment to equity. The plan includes strategies to grow the program to full capacity at a sustainable pace, while acknowledging existing system capacity constraints and avoiding unintended consequences for existing preschool and child care providers—particularly small community-based providers and providers of color.  
  • Aligns learning and development standards with Oregon Early Learning through Kindergarten Framework; focused on the whole child. 
  • Invests in workforce development including coaching, professional development, and equity-focused pathways to higher education and community training.
  • Preserves and increases the diversity of the workforce through credential requirements that allow for training in both higher education and community-based environments. 
  • Invests in infrastructure through funds that support providers to meet regulatory requirements (licensing, fire code, etc) and upgrade facilities to improve quality. 
  • Ensures community-based oversight and accountability to voters through an advisory board that includes parents and providers. 
  • Raises enough revenue to deliver on the program’s promises.

How will we fund Preschool for All?

If approved by voters, the Preschool for All program will be funded by a new tax on taxable income of County residents and on taxable income derived from sources within Multnomah County: 1.5 percent on taxable income over $200,000 (joint) and $125,000 (single), increasing to 2.3 percent tax on January 1, 2026; additional 1.5 percent on taxable income over $400,000 (joint) and $250,000 (single). A household with taxable income below $200,000 (single filer below $125,000) would not pay this tax. Tax becomes effective January 1, 2021.

How to Safely Vote YES!

To pass Measure 26-214 this November 3, we need you to vote YES! Included below are some helpful “Make a Plan to Vote” step-by-step instructions from Multnomah County Elections.

  1. Register to VOTE. Update your voter registration information or register to vote at oregonvotes.gov/myvote. The Voter Registration Deadline is Oct. 13. Sign up to Track Your Ballot at multco.us/trackyourballot.
  2. Get your ballot. You will receive your ballot in the mail beginning Oct. 14. If you have not received your ballot by Oct. 22, take action and contact the elections office.
  3. VOTE your ballot. Remember to sign your ballot return envelope. Your signature is your identification. If you forget to sign or your signature does not match we will contact you so you can take action and we can count your vote.
  4. Return your ballot. Two ways to return your ballot. Vote early and return your ballot by mail by Oct. 27 or return to any Official Ballot Drop Site in Oregon by 8 PM, Nov. 3. Voted ballots MUST be received by any county elections office or Official Ballot Drop Site in Oregon by 8 PM, Tue. Nov. 3 to be counted.
  5. Have a VOICE and make a difference. Unofficial election results will be posted after 8 PM Nov. 3 at mcelections.org. Final official election results are certified by Nov. 23.