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Innovation Name Innovation Type Innovation Subtype Features at a Glance Strategy Summary
Sales Tax for Pre-K for SA Dedicated Funding Streams Sales Tax

Tax raises approximately $36 million annually to support pre-K

In 2009, in an initiative called "SA 2020," Mayor Julián Castro asked San Antonio residents to consider what they wanted their community to look like in 10 years. To consider where the city should put its resources to achieve their collective vision, Castro established the Brainpower Initiative Task Force, composed of business and community leaders and scholars. This task force recommended that the city fund high-quality prekindergarten for children from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

In 2012, 54% of San Antonio voters approved a referendum to fund Pre-K for SA through a one-eighth-cent sales tax. Annually, the tax raises $36 million for preschool funding each year.

Learn More: Pre-K 4 SA
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Demographics Link copied!

City population

1,472,909 Source U.S. Census, 2022

Persons under 5 years old

6.70% Source U.S. Census, 2022

Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

54% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Median family income among households with children

$53,700.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Unemployment rate

3.60% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

Unemployment rate of parents

36% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

39% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

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