Preschool for All’s plan gives every 3- and 4-year-old in Multnomah County access to high-quality preschool programs that are right for them—tuition-free for all families, and prioritizing access to early slots for children with the least access to preschool today.
The Preschool for All plan will provide every 3- and 4-year-old in Multnomah County high-quality preschool programs that are right for them—tuition-free for all families, and prioritizing access to early slots for children with the least access to preschool today.
The Preschool for All Plan:
- Provides universal, tuition-free preschool for ALL of Multnomah County’s 3- and 4- year olds by 2030, with all children eligible from the start;
- Prioritizes children with the least access to preschool today, as we build to full capacity;
- Guarantees a living wage for preschool teachers and staff, to keep talented teachers in the field, leading to better outcomes for kids;
- Supports hardworking families across Multnomah County, so they can go to work, build a career, and pay their bills—while ensuring that their children don’t miss out on critical social and academic skills;
- Includes a variety of options to meet families’ needs—including funding for before and after care for lower-income families, and year-round and culturally responsive program options;
- Was developed with the community, including families, providers, and community leaders involved with early childhood education;
- Raises enough revenue to deliver on the program’s promises, through a sustainable, reasonable tax on higher-income earners that exempts approximately 90% of Multnomah County taxpayers.
ACCESSIBLE & EQUITABLE
- 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.
SUPPORTIVE & SUSTAINABLE
- 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.
- Offers a living wage for providers – teachers on par with kindergarten teachers; assistants minimum $18/hr with cost of living increases tied to those negotiated by the County’s labor unions.
- Aligns learning and development standards with Oregon Early Learning through Kindergarten Framework; focused on 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.
SMART & ACCOUNTABLE
- 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 advisory board that includes parents and providers.
- Raises enough revenue to deliver on the program’s promises.