Preschool for All Advisory Committee
Voters in Multnomah County overwhelmingly supported “Preschool for All” on Nov. 3, with 64 percent of voters approving the measure to extend early education to children across the County. Measure 26-214 also directs the Department of County Human Services to administer the program.
Preschool for All (PFA) will give 3 and 4 year olds in Multnomah County access to free, high-quality, developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive preschool experiences. The program is slated to grow over time, increasing the number of children and families that it serves each year. Families will be able to apply for slots in early 2022 and preschoolers will start in September of 2022. All families in Multnomah County will be eligible to apply and families who currently have the least access to high-quality preschool will be prioritized for the first-available slots.
The Preschool For All ballot measure requires that an Advisory Committee be established to:
- Review program expenditures,
- Advise evaluation efforts, and
- Review data and make policy recommendations to the Department of County Human Services, which is responsible for implementing Preschool for All.
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury is responsible for appointing 12-15 group members for the Preschool for All Advisory Committee. These appointments are then approved by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Geographic and racial diversity are key considerations for overall group make-up.
PFA Advisory Committee Members:
- Live or work in Multnomah County.
- Participate for a two year term and are limited to two consecutive terms.
- Commit to regularly attending meetings:
- Members will generally be asked to attend a two-hour full group meeting once every quarter. There may also be subcommittee meetings on alternate months.
- Have access to supports to allow their full participation, including, but not limited to:
- Interpretation in their preferred language.
- Have demonstrated commitment to racial equity and personal and/or professional experience with Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color.
- Have experience with early childhood programs or systems, as a parent, partner, preschool provider, early childhood educator, advocate, or other role.
- Be engaged in the community and have experience working collaboratively.
The overall Advisory Committee group membership will include parents, preschool providers and early educators, child care union staff/members, school district staff, culturally specific organizations, organizations that support families, early educators, and early childhood development, and possible representatives from advocacy, philanthropy, workforce development, health care, and higher education.
Advisory Committee Members
The Board of County Commissioners approved the appointment of fifteen Preschool for All Advisory Committee Members on August 12, 2021. Each of the following group members was appointed to a two-year term:
Dr. Koreen Barerras-Brown
Petra Hernandez Garcia
Dr. Jaime Peterson