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News Bites - Summer, 2015

Denver Preschool Program - News Bites

DPP Launches Year-Round Student Enrollment Campaign

The successful voter approval for continued program funding in 2014 allows the Denver Preschool Program to actively shift its attention to increasing student enrollment.

Anchored in demographic data compiled and presented by Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs, an integrated, highly targeted campaign is being implemented to reach Denver parents of preschool-aged children.

“The valuable census data compiled by the City allows us to focus our parent outreach efforts on areas of Denver where we have the highest concentration of children under the age of 5,” states Jennifer Landrum, DPP President and CEO. “This information results in a very neighborhood-focused awareness program that meets parents where they live, work, worship and play.”

Parent messaging and communications tools will be fine-tuned as the results of DPP’s Parent and Provider focus groups—currently being conducted in various quadrants of the City—are reported in the fall. “We expect these sessions to help us get much closer to determining what works for effectively communicating with these two incredibly important target audiences,” adds Landrum. “The critical feedback we receive will be incorporated into our enrollment campaign as we continue it into 2016”.

Denver Preschool Program Brings Back Summer Tuition Support

Denver children entering kindergarten this year are now able to attend preschool at any of the DPP’s quality-rated community-based preschool programs this summer. The summer tuition support launched in June as a result of increased funding approved by voters in last November’s election. To date, more than 120 preschools are providing summer preschool and over 1,200 children taking advantage of the funding during June, July and August.

Attending preschool during the summer months helps children stay engaged in learning activities to be ready to hit the ground running in kindergarten. Mayor Michael B. Hancock supports the addition of summer to DPP’s programing saying “This program expansion provides working parents with the ability to continue their daily schedules during the summer months and receive help with covering the rising costs of a preschool education.”

“Data spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer,” adds Jennifer Landrum, DPP President and CEO. “Providing our city’s pre-kindergarten children with a quality summer learning experience further supports our promise to ensure every child in Denver is kindergarten ready.”

RFP Release - Denver Preschool Program - Quality Improvement

The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) is soliciting professional services for one or more qualified organizations to manage its Quality Improvement (QI) Framework. DPP annually invests approximately 10 percent of its budget for quality improvement investments in participating preschools to promote DPP students’ growth, learning and school readiness preparation.

Click here to download the request.
Final RFP Due: August 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. MT
E-mail all inquiries to: Chris Miller, Director of Quality Initiatives, at

DPP Community Outreach Sizzles in the Summer

While summer months may be the start of some downtime for many, that is certainly not the case for the staff and outreach workers of the Denver Preschool Program.
Just since May, DPP has reached out to more than 30,000 local residents through our participation in more than a dozen Denver-based events, with several more slated through August including a number of events taking place as part of the annual Denver Days festivities.

Juneteenth Music Festival and Parade – On June 20 DPP, along with student alumnae and family, marched through Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood in celebration of African-American freedom and achievement.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade – In celebration of our country’s independence, DPP families and student alumnae marched in this local neighborhood parade distributing DPP brochures and fun giveaways to spectators along the parade route.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Bazaar – DPP was on-hand with a resource booth July 11 and 12 at this popular church bazaar to answer questions about preschool and disseminate information – including some free bilingual preschool books - to children.

Strong Families, Strong Communities 5K Block Party – On August 1, Families Forward Resource Center in conjunction with Denver Days and in partnership with the Regional Activities and Athletics Program, will host a 5K walk/run followed by a community block party for the greater Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities. DPP will be present at this event with a resource table and fun giveaways for the kids.

Fiesta Cookout – Scheduled August 22 and free to the community, the Fiesta Cookout is the trademark event of Servicios de la Raza and designed to engage the community with culture, entertainment and food. DPP is a sponsor of this event and will be there to promote the benefits of preschool as well as our program. 

In addition to these highlighted events, DPP also had a presence at Clinica Tepeyac’s Adelente Mujer 5K, Li’l Teeth Health Fair and the DHA Home Ownership Fair in May, Walk for Whittier in June and Destination Health in July.

For more information on where you can catch the DPP Outreach Team in action, please visit our Facebook page at

Testing Reading Skills before Reading Begins – A Story of Science Fiction or Our Future?

In a NPR’s Morning Edition, Cory Turner released a study done by a neurobiology team at Northwestern University that discovered a way to predict kids' literacy skill long before they're old enough to begin reading. Reading begins not with our eyes but with our ears, as we hear and catalog speech sounds. Click here for the full story.

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