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 directed the Department of County Human Services to administer the program.
The Preschool for All (PFA) Advisory Committee provides high-level guidance and feedback on initiative implementation. The group’s primary focus areas are alignment with the values and intent of the community-developed Preschool for All Plan and PFA’s explicit commitment to building an early learning system focused on racial justice and equity. The committee meets quarterly to review the program budget, advise evaluation efforts, review data, and make policy recommendations to the Department of County Human Services.
The Multnomah County Chair is responsible for appointing 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
- Are appointed for a two-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms within five years
- 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 includes 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.
The Advisory Committee meets quarterly. Interested community members are able to watch the virtual meetings by accessing the link posted on this site at least a week in advance.
The next Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. Here is the meeting link.
We will hold another Advisory Committee meeting in June.
Check back soon for January 2024 Meeting Notes
Advisory Committee Members
The Board of County Commissioners approves the appointment of Preschool for All Advisory Committee members to two-year terms. Below is a list of current members.
Dr. Jaime Peterson