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Introducing the DPP Preschool Showcase

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, the Denver Preschool Program is launching the first-annual Preschool Showcase to provide families with a convenient way to search for preschools and learn about how the Denver Preschool Program can help them cut costs. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus and will feature family-friendly activities and entertainment (including appearances by Curious George and Clifford, the Big Red Dog!).

"The Showcase offers our more than 150 preschool partners an opportunity to help Denver's families navigate the wide variety of preschool choices available to them," says DPP CEO Eileen Piper.

To sponsor or volunteer for this important community event, email or call 303.595.4DPP(4377). Unable to attend? Help us spread the word by distributing this flyer to your networks or by including this announcement in your upcoming newsletters.

Latest DPP Evaluation: Kindergarten-Ready & Reading

More graduates of the Denver Preschool Program attending kindergarten in Denver Public Schools are reading at or above grade-level than district kindergartners overall.

That's just one of the many encouraging findings of a recent independent evaluation of the Denver Preschool Program.

Confirming previous evaluations, the research also concludes that the vast majority of Denver Preschool Program graduates are ready for school, both academically and socio-emotionally. Click here for more report highlights.

Denver Post features Denver Preschool Program Evaluation           


Denver Post education reporter Karen Augė paints a bright picture of the Colorado preschool landscape in a recent Sunday front page feature. She notes that “The Denver Preschool Program just added some research of its own to the pile of literature extolling the benefits of early-childhood education.” 

Augė reports: Since the city's voters approved spending an additional 12 cents in sales tax for every $100 spent, the program has served 25,000 students, boosting enrollment from 7 percent of Denver 4-year-olds to nearly 70 percent, thanks in part to more than $40 million in help with tuition payments.

In a separate piece on The Idea Log, DPP garners attention in connection with the $30 million in federal Race to the Top funding that Colorado recently received in order to expand and improve upon its statewide early childhood efforts. As the piece notes, "If the state can take the Denver Preschool Program’s results to scale, Colorado kids will be well-served." Here, here!