How an Oregon Measure for Universal Preschool Could Be a National Model

New York Times: The Upshot | Claire Cain Miller

“[Early childhood care and education] is unaffordable for many families, yet teachers are underpaid. The solution…is to finance preschool with public funding instead of private tuition and to pay teachers much more.”

Colorado’s Proposition EE was not the only ballot measure designed to improve the affordability of early childhood education. Oregon’s Multnomah County, which includes Portland, voted to increase taxes on high earners in order to provide free preschool to children 3 and 4 years old. Now experts are looking to Multnomah County’s plans as a potential model for other local, state, and national early childhood goals.

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