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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
Demographics Link copied!
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
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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