Universal Preschool Now
What if every family was guaranteed high-quality preschool, regardless of their ability to pay? Would it transform your life, or that of someone you know? This can be a reality — from Chicago to Denver to New York City, universal preschool programs are being successfully implemented nationwide. With your support, we can win universal preschool for Multnomah County in the November 2020 election!
Countless families are burdened with monthly childcare costs equal to rent or mortgage payments for just a single child. Many childcare workers report wages so low that they can’t afford to send their own children to preschool. When parents, caregivers, and workers are given the opportunity to choose what is best for their families, our whole community flourishes.
Money invested in early childhood education pays back 7-10% a year, because parents can choose to work. Universal preschool is the single best strategy to raise high school graduation rates and kids’ wages as adults, while, reducing unemployment, incarceration and crime, and lowering economic inequality by race, gender and class.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive. Universal preschool addresses a fundamental social inequity by ensuring that all children are guaranteed a strong foundation on which they can build their lives.
Our vision for universal preschool:
- Ensures that all kids can have the play-based, culturally responsive and inclusive care they deserve.
- Gives caregivers of young children the opportunity to work or go to school.
- Provides a way to pay preschool and childcare workers living wages.
- Builds the political support to sustain funding for a strong preschool program and creates momentum to expand it to younger and older children.
PDX Amazon Workers Solidarity Campaign
We are the Amazon Workers Solidarity Campaign!
Our campaign is aimed at educating, supporting, and helping workers in whatever ways we can, so they can improve wages, benefits and working conditions!
Below are links to various educational and informational videos that the chapter has produced.
Portland DSA Medium Articles
Here is a collection of short articles written by the membership on important topics and causes.