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Preschool Promise

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

About Preschool Promise

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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.

Is my family eligible?

Openings in Preschool Promise are available to:

  • 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)
  • Low-income families and families of color living at or below 200% Federal Poverty Level
Federal Poverty Level for 2023–2024
Household size Household income
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280
6 $80,560
7 $90,840
8 $101,120
Apply for Preschool Promise

The following providers participate in Preschool Promise

An initiative of
Early Learning Multnomah

619 SW 11th Ave.
Portland OR 97205
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