Preschool Promise

What it is:
Preschool Promise is established state investment in publicly funded preschools. It funds more high-quality preschool options for families who haven’t had them before.

Why it’s important:
Low-income children and children of color are less likely to have the chance to attend a high-quality preschool—so they’re often less prepared for success in school and life. That’s why ELM invests Preschool Promise funds in programs that serve children of color, implement culturally relevant practices, and prioritize family engagement.

How it works:
ELM is working with culturally relevant providers in a variety of settings, including schools, childcare programs, and Head Starts to offer local, high-quality preschool to families. In all, there are many new preschool openings in Multnomah County. The new openings will be available to:

  • Low-income families and families of color living at or below 200% FPL
  • Families with children ages 3 and 4
  • Children currently on waiting lists for other publicly funded preschool options
  • Families served by DHS (TANF and child welfare)

ELM is one of sixteen hubs total to receive funds and support from the State of Oregon in 2022/2023. In summer of 2020, ELM selected providers and helped them get set up for success in their first year as a Preschool Promise site.

What’s next:
The new preschool slots open to families in fall 2023/2024. ELM will collaborate with the other early learning hubs to maximize learning and impact all across the northwest region.

Selected Sites: 
See our provider directory for the most up-to-date list of providers receiving funding in 2023/2024.

If you’re interested in enrolling your child in Preschool Promise

Apply now