The Preschool for All application for the 2022-23 year is now closed and families have been notified about application decisions. The 2023-24 application will open in the spring of 2023.

Please see this page for additional preschool and child care resources.


Frequently Asked Questions - Families 

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1. What is Preschool for All?

Preschool for All (PFA) is a free program that will provide preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County.
The program will start with about 500 slots in September 2022 and will increase the number of children and families that it serves each year. The program will grow over time, until it is available to all families.

The Preschool for All application for the 2022-23 year is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the program! Families have been notified about 2022-23 application decisions. 


2. Who is eligible for Preschool for All?

Eligible children must:
● Have a parent or legal guardian who lives in Multnomah County
● Be 3 or 4 years old before September 1, 2022 for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
These requirements are outlined in the ballot measure. Preschool for All is not able to make exceptions for children who will turn 3 after September 1, 2022. 

3. Does immigration status matter when applying to Preschool for All?

Immigration status is not a consideration for Preschool for All. It is also not considered a “public charge” for the child or the family if they participate in Preschool for All.

4. Who will be prioritized in Preschool for All?

Families with the least access to high-quality preschool will be prioritized in the outreach and application process, including:
  • 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.

5. When does the Preschool for All application open?

The Preschool for All application for the 2022-23 year is now closed and families have been notified about application decisions. Please see this page for additional preschool and child care resources.

6. I have more than one child who is eligible. Can I use the same application to apply for both of them?

Yes, you can use the same application to apply for all children in your household who are eligible.

7. When will I know if my child will receive a Preschool for All slot?

Families will be notified about application decisions starting in early July 2022. If a Family Navigator assisted you with the application, they may follow up with you directly as well.
 
8. Will the children enrolled in the Preschool for All program receive free meals?
 
Most of the programs participating in Preschool for All serve free meals. Families are encouraged to learn more about the programs that they include on their applications by visiting the program websites or calling the program to ask questions. Family Navigators can also support families who have questions about which providers will support their needs.

9. What precautions is Preschool for All taking during COVID-19?

Most Preschool for All programs are required to be licensed by and to follow the rules of the State of Oregon Office of Child Care. These rules include COVID-19 safety guidelines, such as having a disease management plan, and excluding children and teachers who test positive for COVID-19. School districts are not required to be licensed, but they must follow health and safety guidelines.

10. What are the qualifications of the preschool providers?

Preschool for All programs will be licensed by the State of Oregon Office of Child Care or run by school districts. Teachers must meet minimum training and education levels, participate in ongoing training, and continue developing their skills. Preschool for All sites will receive help and support from partners to strengthen their programs.