Preschool for All: Questions & Answers

When can I sign-up my child for Preschool for All?

Families will be able to apply for a Preschool for All slot in early 2022. The first group of preschoolers will begin in September 2022. All families in Multnomah County with 3- and 4-year-olds will be eligible to apply. It will take 10 years for Preschool for All to grow to a universal program. While capacity is limited, families who currently have the least access to high quality preschool will be prioritized.

Which children will be prioritized for Preschool for All slots? 

As Preschool for All builds toward a fully universal system with the capacity to serve every 3- and 4-year-old in Multnomah County, the program prioritizes children in our community who have the least access to quality, affordable preschool opportunities today. Children that experience limited access to preschool include: 

  • Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all children of color;
  • Migrant and refugee children; 
  • Children whose families live under the Self-Sufficiency Standard;
  • Children who speak languages other than English;
  • Children with developmental delays and disabilities;  
  • Children of teen parents, or in military families; 
  • Children living in foster care; 
  • Children from families affected by homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, mental health issues, and domestic violence. 

How will the number of children in Preschool for All increase over time?

During the 2022-23 school year, there will be 500-1,000 Preschool for All slots. The following school year, there will be 1,500-2,000 slots. The number of Preschool for All slots will grow each year, until the program reaches universal access in 2031. 

What types of preschool programs will be included in Preschool for All? 

It is important that families get to choose the type of preschool experience that they want for their child. Preschool for All will include center-based preschool, in-home preschools, multi-generational preschool programs, preschools in schools, and Head Starts. 

I’m a Preschool Provider, how do I participate? 

There will be two ways for preschool providers to participate in Preschool for All: 

  • In the Pathways Program, providers will partner with Preschool for All to receive coaching and support. The Pathways Program helps providers get ready to apply for slots. Providers can apply to join the Pathways Program in May/June 2021. 
     
  • Providers can also apply for Preschool for All slots. The number of Preschool for All providers will grow each year as the number of slots increases. Providers can apply for slots starting in Fall 2021. 

What will Preschool for All be working on before early 2022 when families apply for preschool slots? 

The Preschool for All measure directs the Department of County Human Services to administer the program. In the coming months, Multnomah County will continue implementation planning and bring on staff to manage the Preschool for All program. This one-page overview includes a timeline for Preschool for All implementation. Key projects between now and early 2022 when families will apply for Preschool for All slots will include:

  • Preschool for All Staff- Hiring staff to finalize planning and prepare for implementation
  • Coaching Resources for Providers – Finalizing an agreement with Child Care Resource & Referral of Multnomah County for coaching and professional development for preschool providers
  • Preschool for All Advisory Group – Forming the advisory group that will guide the work of the Preschool for All initiative. The group will include parents, providers, and culturally specific organizations
  • Online Application System for Families –  Developing an online system for families to apply for Preschool for All slots
  • Culturally Specific Support for In-Home Preschool Providers – Identifying culturally specific organizations that will support in-home preschool providers and family enrollment
  • Pathways Program – Starting a program to support preschool providers to meet their goals and get ready to apply for Preschool for All slots 
  • Provider Requirements – Finalizing the requirements for participating preschool providers
  • Investments in Workforce Development – Identifying investments in workforce development programs that will help to grow the pool of early educators in our community
  • Preschool Provider Selection – Identifying preschool providers who will have slots for the 2022-23 school year 

How is Preschool for All funded? 
Preschool for All will be funded with a marginal personal income tax on the highest income earners in Multnomah County. This includes individuals with Oregon taxable income over $125,000 and for joint filers with Oregon taxable income over $200,000. Please visit this page for more detailed information for taxpayers and employers.  

I’d like to be on the Preschool for All Advisory Group. How do I apply? 

Applications for the advisory group will be available in February 2021 and the Multnomah County Chair will appoint group members in April 2021. You can check back on this website for additional updates about the advisory group application process. 

How do I apply for a position with Preschool for All? 

Please visit the Multnomah County jobs site to learn more about available employment opportunities. 

How do I learn more about Preschool for All and implementation plans? 

Please see the Preschool for All plan for more details.

I have additional questions, who should I contact? 

Please email preschoolforall@multco.us and we will respond as soon as possible. This website will also be updated regularly, please check back for new information.