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.
On July 30, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will consider referral of the Preschool for All Plan to the November ballot. The 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:
- 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.