The Preschool for All family application is closed, and will open for the 2024-25 school year in April.

Interested in the Fall 2024-25 Application?

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What can you do in the meantime?

Take some time to get to know our PFA providers! Did you know that you can call or email any PFA Provider to ask questions or request a site visit even before the applications open? Check out the list of 2023-24 PFA Providers here! New providers will be added for 2024-25 when the family application opens in April.


Welcome to our Preschool for All Parent Information Page! 

On November 3rd, 2020 voters in Multnomah County overwhelmingly supported the “Preschool for All” ballot measure. Preschool for All (PFA) connects families in Multnomah County to free, inclusive, culturally responsive early education. 

Preschool for All began with over 700 preschool seats available for the 2022-23 year. The program will grow over time, increasing the number of providers and families, until there will be a publicly funded preschool seat available to all interested families in 2030.

We are excited that you are considering preschool programs available through Preschool for All for your child. We know that choosing the right preschool for your child is an important decision. 

Eligibility

There are just two eligibility requirements to participate. Children must:

  1. Be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1 of the preschool year, and
  2. Have a parent or legal guardian living in Multnomah County. 

There are no income eligibility requirements for Preschool for All.

Children who currently have the least access to high-quality early learning experiences will be prioritized for the first available slots. Children whose families experience barriers accessing preschool include: 

  • Black, Brown, Native American Indigenous, and all Children of Color; 
  • Children who speak languages other than English; 
  • Children with developmental delays and disabilities; 
  • Children living in or at risk of placement in foster care;
  • Children from families experiencing low incomes; and
  • Children experiencing homelessness.

Choosing a Preschool

You can find more detailed information about choosing a preschool in our application portal.

When considering preschool options that meet your needs, keep in mind that all partnering programs use a curriculum that aligns with Oregon Early Learning and Kindergarten guidelines and employ staff who are committed to professional development and receive ongoing support. In addition, our preschool partners have agreed to:

  • Create an environment of safety, trust, and belonging for all children and families, with a specific focus on the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and Families of Color
  • Follow Preschool for All’s policy of no suspensions or expulsions of children
  • Fully include children with disabilities and/or special health needs
  • Pay staff competitive wages and provide staff benefits
  • Be licensed by the State of Oregon Office of Child Care (when required)

For informational purposes, you can download a list of 2023-24 Preschool for All programs. More information about these programs can be found on our application portal.