Resources for Providers and Families:
Looking for resources around food access, housing and utility support, and/or educational materials for children, families, and providers to support you in the coming weeks? Check out the informative pages that both Road to Reading and Early Milestones Colorado have put together to find some of the best resources currently available to you.
You can find a summary of available Federal and State funding that your program may qualify for here.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and to find answers to any questions you may have regarding the virus, please use the links below:
-For general questions about COVID-19, families can call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org.
How the Denver Preschool Program is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
To help support our families and providers, DPP has taken the following steps:
- From March 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020 we will be waiving the attendance policy and will pay full tuition credits for all approved DPP students as long as they are still enrolled.
- For any families receiving DPP plus other public funding streams, we will show leniency during this waiver period if the combined funding exceeds preschools’ published tuition rates, to allow schools to maximize any and all resources available to them.
- For any families receiving the Gap Scholarship, they will continue to receive their scholarship amount each month uninterrupted.
- We are relieving the burden on schools of reporting tuition changes within 15 days, opting to instead wait until the outbreak is contained for confirmation of any tuition rate changes.
- We have created a $100,000 Emergency Fund to be split equitably among our community providers, which will include a $255 base amount to all, and then additional funding based on number of DPP-approved students. This funding will be sent directly to each school by mid-April and can be used for any needs such as consumables, workforce supports and operations.
- We are proud to be a part of the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative, which launched a program to support emergency and essential personnel with child care costs, the infrastructure for the program is built loosely on the DPP tuition support and enrollment system. In addition to lending our expertise DPP is also the fiscal agent supporting the collaborative in distributing the funds to child care providers on behalf of the families.
- As of September 1, 2020, the Denver Preschool Program updated its attendance policy to allow for 10 absences, rather than the original 7 days allowed, to provide families with more flexibility.
Please note: While the specifics of some of our plans may change, our core purpose and programs will not. Denver providers and families can rest assured that we will be here, continuing to strive to ensure that Denver’s youngest learners receive the best possible educational foundation.