Oregon’s free preschool program starts Sept. 21

The program supports children and families living at 200 percent of the poverty level

Children playing with toys at daycare. (AP)
Children playing with toys at daycare. (AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon’s free preschool program, Preschool Promise, kicks off on Wednesday with rolling starting dates across the Beaver State.

The program supports children and families living at 200% of the poverty level. It’ll reach about 1,300 children in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

“Economic status should not get in the way of building a solid foundation for any young learner,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Preschool Promise is a critical step in addressing this persistent equity gap in our education system so that all students have access to the supports and learning they need to thrive.”

Preschool Promise was created after the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3380, which spawned a new publicly-funded preschool system. The system allows families to choose the preschool program that best meets their needs.

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