Measure AA, the Oakland Children's Initiative, will dramatically expand access to quality, affordable preschool for every 4-year old from a low-income background in Oakland. Measure AA removes barriers for Oakland children and provides scholarships and financial aid to help increase graduation rates for over 10,000 children annually.

Equity Across Oakland

Nearly 20% of Oakland residents live at or below the poverty line. Measure AA will help end the cycle of poverty in Oakland by directing resources to low-income children, providing them with affordable and quality preschool, improving kindergarten readiness, and providing the financial aid they need to graduate from college.

In Oakland, only a third of African American students, Latino students, and low-income students enter school ready for kindergarten. Measure AA will help remove the barriers for these children and close the achievement gap by improving access to affordable and quality pre-school.

A Wise Investment for Oakland with Strict Accountability

Nobel Prize-winning research shows that investment in quality preschool produces returns on investment for taxpayers of up to $9 for every $1 we spend. And AA also provides college scholarships and support for Oakland students—a wise investment which helps young people and saves us millions in the long term. College graduates are far less likely to be unemployed, commit a crime, or live in poverty.

Measure AA must spend all funds exclusively on early education and college access and completion programs, and is held accountable through mandatory annual audits, external evaluations, and an accountability officer.  Measure AA also requires a powerful independent citizens commission who must approve funding guidelines regularly, with mandatory representation for homeowners, parents, teachers, and students.

Measure AA has exemptions for low-income households and seniors, and affordable housing.

Vote YES on Tuesday, November 6.

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Endorsed by:

  • Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee*

  • Mayor Libby Schaaf*

  • Senator Nancy Skinner*

  • Assemblymember Rob Bonta*

  • Assemblymember Tony Thurmond*
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
  • NAACP Oakland

  • Latino Education Network

  • SEIU 1021*

  • Alameda Labor Council

*indicates co-author

The Team