Quality education is a right, not a privilege based on income or location. Providing young children with quality care and education is the best way to raise high school graduation rates, lower incarceration rates, and reduce unemployment. But many families are burdened with monthly childcare costs as high as their rent or mortgage payment, just for one child. Having one or more children in preschool means that both parents MUST work just to survive.
Universal Preschool NOW! will provide play-based, culturally-responsive preschool in the parents' choice of setting. This preschool will be free to all Multnomah County families, regardless of family income and guarantees to pay preschool caregivers and teachers a living wage. UP NOW! will be funded through a new tax on very high incomes and will not increase taxes for at least 95% of households. The UP NOW! funding structure will allow sustainability and growth for the future.