Labor would create a $12 million education grants program to support disadvantaged families if it is reelected.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the grants could be used for educational expenses like uniforms, excursions and sport equipment.
Families would be able to apply for $400 for preschool children, $500 for primary school children and $750 for high school and college students.
Deputy Labor Leader Yvette Berry said having an equitable start to school was fundamental to educational and life outcomes.
"Labor is committed to providing students and their families with the best possible start when it comes to education and that's why the ACT Labor government provides every public high school student in the ACT with a Chromebook and all the tools they need for learning," she said.
"Equal access to education goes beyond the necessary tools for learning-it's being able to buy boots for footy, art supplies, or starting school with a new backpack and a fresh haircut.
"These additional things can have a tremendous impact on a student's engagement in learning which ultimately means they will have better educational outcomes."
Mr Barr said Labor's education strategy recognised equity as a priority.
"Now more than ever, we need a government that is committed to supporting everyone in community through the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.