Only submit a tuition credit application if your 4-year-old has been accepted to a Denver Preschool Program (DPP) participating preschool program outside of Denver Public Schools (DPS). Denver families who enroll their 4-year-old in a DPS preschool program must sign up for DPP tuition support through the SchoolChoice Application. Undecided? Find a preschool
The Denver Preschool Program is a national leader in early childhood education. We champion, advocate and partner to advance early childhood education policies and strategies, and respond to community needs that help our youngest learners succeed.
Explore the links below for more information about local and national preschool resources for parents.
Colorado Shines, a quality rating and improvement system used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. http://www.coloradoshines.com/
Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models. http://www.claytonearlylearning.org/
Child Find is part of Colorado’s system for identifying children suspected of having a delay in development.
The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) helps low-income families that are homeless, working, searching for work or in school find child care assistance.
RMSER’s culturally sensitive Head Start Programs educate over 2,200 children yearly who are enrolled throughout the State of Colorado. http://www.rmser.org/rmser-programs/headstart-program
Denver Great Kids Head Start (DGKHS) is an award-winning program that prepares children to enter kindergarten confidently with the social, physical, emotional, cognitive skills and competencies necessary for continued school success.
The Colorado Office of Early Childhood (OEC) provides collaborative leadership to align resources for children, families and early childhood professionals to best prepare Coloradoans for future success, through access to coordinated and quality early childhood programs and family supports.
The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is a state-funded early childhood education program administered by the Colorado Department of Education.
Countdown to Kindergarten (C2K) is a community-wide effort established to better inform parents of preschool aged kids on several school readiness topics and the importance of their role in the academic achievement of their children.
Denver’s Early Childhood Council (DECC) is a coalition of leaders across Denver committed to working together on behalf of our youngest children. http://denverearlychildhood.org/about/
The Colorado Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists (ECMH) program seeks to create nurturing environments and relationships that encourage mental health and well-being among children, families and staff.
Early Intervention Colorado is Colorado’s Infant and Toddler Initiative under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. http://www.eicolorado.org/
Qualistar's mission is to elevate the quality of early childhood education in Colorado by improving everyday practice of professionals, and by building safe, supportive environments. www.qualistar.org
The Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) provides public advocacy, capacity building and resource development to strengthen our statewide network of Family Resource Centers. http://www.cofamilycenters.org/
Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. http://www.chalkbeat.org/
Child Care Aware® of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. http://www.researchconnections.org/childcare/welcome
The Federal Home Visiting Program gives pregnant women and families, particularly those considered at-risk, the necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy and research. http://www.naeyc.org
The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high quality, early education for all young children. http://nieer.org/
News about Pre-School Education, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/education-preschool
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