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Preschool Promise

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Preschool Promise is Oregon’s innovative free preschool program. It is open to families children who are 3 or 4 years old and whose income is at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below.


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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.

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 Early Learning Multnomah invests Preschool Promise funds in programs that serve children of color, implement culturally relevant practices, and prioritize family engagement. It is the intent that Preschool Promise enrollment not be first-come first-served, to support our equity goals to focus public funding towards communities that have been historically under-served and those who may have not had ready access to services.

Early Learning Multnomah 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.


Preschool Promise offers slots in a variety of programs and settings, each with their own schedule, hours, and focus.

  • School-Based Programs
  • Center-Based Programs
  • In-Home Providers

Apply for 2024-2025

Apply for 2023-2024


(503) 226-9305
[email protected]
Preschool Promise website

Is my family eligible?

Your family may be eligible for Preschool Promise if you meet some of the following requirements:

  • Your family resides within Multnomah County
  • Your family qualifies for or receives the following assistance services: SSI, SNAP, TANF.
  • You are already on a waitlist for another preschool assistance program
  • Your family income is less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
Household size Household income
2 $40,880
3 $51,640
4 $62,400
5 $73,160
6 $83,920
7 $94,680
8 $105,440

The following providers participate in Preschool Promise

Providers listed on Preschool Marketplace are referrals, not recommendations.

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Early Learning Multnomah

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Portland OR 97205
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