Every child in our community deserves the opportunity to succeed.
We’re working to give every 3 and 4-year-old in Multnomah County access to high-quality preschool programs that are right for them—and at no cost to any family, and prioritizing access to early slots for families below Multnomah County’s Self-Sufficiency Standard (currently $89,273 for a family with two adults, a preschooler, and an infant).
We envision a program that is:
ACCESSIBLE & EQUITABLE
- Serves all 3- and 4-year-olds, with no tuition cost to families
- Prioritizes children of color, 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.
- 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.