Last November, Preschool for All in Multnomah County had a big win! All of our county’s 3-4 year old children will soon have access to a high-quality, free, joyful preschool experience. Even better, that victory was won by the parents and preschool providers who collaborated with cross-sector allies to design the policy and drive the campaign.
What were the keys to victory?
A new report synthesizes extensive input from nearly 50 key participants in the effort, captured by the research firm Dialogues in Action. As you can see in the documents and videos below, the findings provide an example of public policy centered on racial equity, community voice, and grassroots coalition building — an example poised for replication far beyond Multnomah County, and relevant to other issue areas. We invite you to read on to gain insights about this innovative – and effective – approach to policy making!
Multnomah County Preschool for All: Pathways to Success research findings
To learn more about this research, please view our virtual presentation by the research team, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, and a parent leader.
SVP Portland, along with other investors and participants in this research project believe this work can inspire more policy-making victories that center community & parent voice, grassroots engagement, and racial equity. Please feel free to share the report with others who may be interested in learning alongside us!