Preschool For All Pilot Sites
During the early years of Preschool for All, there are two ways for preschool providers to participate: the Pathways Program or as Pilot Sites.
Differences between the Pathways Program and Pilot Sites
The Pathways Program is designed to help providers to get ready for Preschool for All slots. Any provider in Multnomah County can participate, regardless of licensing status, step on ORO, or setting type. Each provider has different strengths and areas where they can grow. The program is called Pathways because it is individualized to each provider. The amount of time that a provider spends in the Pathways Program may also be different - it may be a few months or up to two years.
Pilot Sites receive Preschool for All contracts for slots. Providers must meet Pilot Site requirements or have a clear plan to meet the requirements to apply. Pilot Sites will help Preschool For All learn and finalize program details, and should be ready to be flexible and to share their input to strengthen Preschool for All.
Please watch this video for additional details about the differences between the Pathways Program and Pilot sites.
You can also watch the video in: Spanish, Russian, Traditional Chinese (Cantonese audio), Simplified Chinese (slides only), Vietnamese and Somali.
Pilot Site Applications Open July 28 - September 29, 2023!
Applications to become a Preschool for All Pilot Site will be open July 28 through September 29, 2023. These are for Multnomah County preschool programs interested in becoming a Preschool for All Site for the 2024-2025 program year. Click here to find out more about the application process.
Black, Brown, Native American Indigenous, and Providers of Color are highly encouraged to apply as Pilot Sites. Preschool for All is committed to having a diverse set of providers who look and sound like the children and families enrolled in the program.
Pilot Sites Supports & Contracts
Pilot Sites partner with Preschool for All and receive access to individualized coaching, professional development, and business supports. Preschool for All contracts include funding for slots and for start-up costs. Each provider must apply for a minimum number of slots based on setting type. Providers can apply for more than the minimum number of slots and are encouraged to consider the number of slots that will be a good fit for their business model.
Home-based providers are asked to apply for a minimum of 4 slots
Center providers are asked to apply for a minimum of 10 slots, with 10 slots per classroom
School districts are asked to apply for a minimum of 18 slots, with 9 slots per classroom
In the Pilot Project, Preschool For All provides school-day and full-day schedules five days per week.
- Full Day (10 hours)/Year-Round (September- August with up to 4 full weeks off)
- School Day (6 hours)/School Year (900 hours- the hourly requirement is to align with Preschool Promise)
Family Application Process & Retention
Family applications are accepted through an online application system and prioritized families are matched with slots at Pilot Sites. Providers must accept and enroll the families that are matched with them. Providers work with the Preschool & Early Learning Division on continuity of care for currently enrolled children.
Pilot sites must agree to retain all children in their care. There are no suspensions or expulsions allowed in Preschool for All.
Funding for Pilot Sites is determined by the number of contracted slots and the services offered to families, including transportation. Current funding amounts for the 2023-24 year are:
- School year/school day slots will be funded at $15,600 per child/per year. Sites must offer a minimum of 900 program hours (this hourly requirement is designed to align with Preschool Promise).
- Year round/full-day slots will be funded at $21,840per child/per year. Sites should offer 10 hours per day with up to four full weeks off (Monday-Friday) during the calendar year.
These total funding amounts could change for the 2024-2025 program year.
Preschool For All is looking for Providers who are:
Ready to learn and grow
- Currently serving Preschool for All’s priority populations
- Committed to racial equity work and to providing culturally responsive care for Black, Brown, Native American Indigenous, and Families of Color
- Ready to partner with Multnomah County's Preschool & Early Learning Division to refine program details
Preschool for All will be qualifying potential providers through our application process. Please learn more and apply to be a Pilot Site here!
For more information about the Pilot Sites and Preschool for All, please visit our Provider Frequently Asked Questions page.