Pledge to Vote YES!
Pledge to Vote YES!
Join community organizations, elected officials, and local leaders by pledging to vote YES to 26-214, Preschool for All, the plan to make sure every child in Multnomah County has a preschool program that is right for them.
We believe all children have a right to a tuition-free, high-quality preschool education. The Preschool for All plan was created with, as opposed to for, communities most impacted by the lack of high-quality and affordable preschool options, has an equitable approach to building a system that can serve everyone, and prioritizes early access for children with the least access today.
Together, we can make this vision a reality for children and families in Multnomah County, by voting YES to Preschool for All this November.
A pledge to vote YES is a pledge for a Preschool for All plan that:
- Serves all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County.
- 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.
- Prohibits suspensions and expulsions.
- 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 the whole child.
- Invests in workforce development, including coaching, professional development, and equity-focused pathways to higher education and community training for teachers.
- 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.
Together, we can make Preschool for All a reality. We cannot do this without you.