As educators, we understand and can see the difference a quality preschool can make for a student's education. It's only right that every child has access to same educational opportunities and advantages."
As socialists, we believe that to have an equitable society, we must provide care and education for all from birth through college. Universal Preschool NOW! is a transformative campaign that expands the right of public education to include preschool. We fight for families, women, children, and workers to remake our society into one that respects and prioritizes care, education, and human enrichment over profit."
Universal preschool is not only proven to benefit child development and improve their economic outcomes later in life, but it's also really important for working parents, especially single mothers, who are already struggling to make ends meet, put food on the table, and scrape together the exorbitant cost of childcare in Oregon."
Many families are burdened with monthly childcare costs as high as their rent or mortgage payment. Meanwhile, childcare workers (many of which are women) often report wages so low that they can't afford to send their own children to preschool. This affects graduation rates, the gender pay gap, employment, and incarceration rates. This is very much a feminist issue and Oregon NOW is proud to endorse this campaign."