Every child in Denver enters kindergarten ready to reach their full potential.
The Denver Preschool Program helps Denver fulfill its commitment to its youngest learners. We champion, fund and increase access to quality preschool across our community.
The Denver Preschool Program supports Denver families by offering tuition credits to increase access to high quality preschool.
Unlike most preschool tuition assistance programs, the Denver Preschool Program is for ALL Denver families, regardless of income or neighborhood.
Tuition credits are available to families that reside within the City and County of Denver and have a 4-year-old enrolled in a participating preschool program in the year before kindergarten. The amount of support a family receives is based on the family’s income, the quality rating of the preschool the child attends and the length of day a child attends. Learn more about tuition support.
Families can choose from more than 250 Denver preschools. Each school is rated for quality on a scale from 1 to 5. Nearly 80 percent of our preschool partners have earned a quality rating of Level 3 or higher.
The Denver Preschool Program works to improve the quality of preschool in Denver and is a national advocate for equal access to early childhood education. Learn more about quality improvement.
Preschool: More than Play
Our vision is for every child in Denver to enter kindergarten ready to reach their full potential. Studies show that children who attend high quality preschool programs are less likely to need special education services and be held back a grade level. They are also more likely to graduate from high school, attend college and have successful careers. .
DPP Funding & Operations
How is DPP funded?
Approved by Denver voters in 2006 and reauthorized in 2014 to extend to 2026, the Denver Preschool Program is funded by a .15 percent sales tax. Since our initial authorization in 2006, we have provided nearly $123 million in tuition support to more than 55,000 children.
How does DPP use its funds?
Approximately 80 percent of DPP’s funding is distributed to Denver families in the form of tuition credits and to preschool providers for quality improvement measures. DPP also dedicates a portion of its funds for community outreach to ensure local families of young children and preschools are aware of the program and its benefits. Furthermore, DPP uses its funds to conduct annual evaluations that analyze the outcomes of children who have participated in the program, as well as ensure DPP operations meet standards of excellence. By ordinance, administrative costs are limited to 7 percent of sales tax revenue.
Who manages DPP?
The Denver Preschool Program, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization created to operate the Denver Preschool Program under a contract with the City and County of Denver. The DPP Board of Directors provides oversight.
Where does the Denver Preschool Program operate?
The Denver Preschool Program only operates within the City and County of Denver.
 United States Department of Education (April, 2015) A Matter of Equity: Preschool in America https://www2.ed.gov/documents/early-learning/matter-equity-preschool-america.pdf Retrieved Jan. 17, 2017