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News Bites - April, 2015

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Denver Preschool Program - News Bites

Welcome David Collins, DPP’s new Director of Operations

The Denver Preschool Program is proud to welcome David Collins as the new Director of Operations beginning Monday, May 11. As the Director of Operations, David will oversee the program’s financial and operational procedures, manage customer service, enrollment and billing processes, as well as oversee DPP program operations and child outcome evaluation efforts, and DPP’s quality assurance program.

Most recently, David was the Director of the Division of Early Care and Learning within the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In this role he was responsible for the administration of child care licensing for the state. He was also the State Administrator for the Child Care Development Block Grant that funds the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP). Prior to becoming the division director he spent two years as Associate Director of the Division, responsible for implementation of child care rules, legislative matters, acting as the Hague International Adoption Administrator and supervising the 24-hour licensing unit.
David worked in a variety of child care settings in the 1990s, including a drop in child care center, a residential group home for incarcerated youth, and an after school program as an AmeriCorps National Service member.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law, with a focus on administrative law, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with an emphasis on environmental law. From 2004-2010, David was a practicing attorney, both as a criminal prosecutor and an immigration removal defense attorney.

Please join us in welcoming David to the DPP team!

Now Making Preschool Possible Throughout the Summer

Last month the Denver Preschool Program announced that beginning June 1, 2015, tuition support will be available through the summer to preschool students attending DPP programs open during the summer months.

There are multiple ways Denver preschoolers and their families can access summer tuition support:

  • Students enrolled in DPP and currently attending a community-based DPP preschool program open during the summer will receive no interruption in tuition support payments made to their programs on their behalf.
  • Students enrolled in DPP and attending a Denver Public Schools preschool, which are closed during the summer months, who transfer to a community-based school for the summer need only to let their new school know they are a DPP-enrolled student. It is up to the school to inform our enrollment team of the transfer by calling 303.595.4DPP(377).
  • Students who have not yet enrolled in DPP and are entering kindergarten this fall can still take advantage of Denver Preschool Program tuition support by enrolling in DPP today.
  • We’ve updated our Find a Preschool Tool to help families search through their available options for the summer months. 

2015 One Book 4 Colorado – A Resounding Success

From the Governor and Lt. Governor kicking off the project, to illustrator Mark Teague joining us for a two-day book tour and all the wonderful councilmembers and local celebrities reading to 4-year-olds across Denver, we are proud to say that the 2015 One Book 4 Colorado was a great success.

From April 13 to 27 the statewide book club for children that focuses on the importance of adults reading with young children provided more than 75,000 copies of How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? to 4-year-olds across the state. 

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

More than 2,300 early childhood professionals and 300 presenters gathered together for the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference earlier this month to learn, share, and network around the many challenges and facets of early childhood education. Together with our partners the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children and Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado we are proud to say this was the largest conference yet. Thank you to all our preschools, sponsors, workshop presenters and community leaders who joined us for the two day event. This conference could not be successful without you! 

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