March Provider Newsletter

COVID-19 Updates

The health and well-being is our number one priority for all Denver Preschool Program families, providers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support you all in following one of the major recommendations from Federal and State health officials, we are updating our attendance policy. We hope this will allow your children and families to stay home if they are feeling sick and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms without worrying about losing tuition support from DPP. From March 1, 2020 through May 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 at your preschool (full tuition credits are defined as the approved tuition credit amount that was reported for the student on February 2020 attendance sheets). Attendance sheets for all approved DPP students that are enrolled at your school(s) will still need to be completed and submitted by the 20th of the following month to receive payment.

We are also taking the following steps:

  • For any families receiving DPP plus other public funding streams, we will show leniency during this waiver period if the combined funding exceeds your published tuition rates, to allow you to maximize any and all resources available to you.
  • For any families receiving the Gap Scholarship, they will continue to receive their scholarship amount each month uninterrupted.
  • We are relieving the burden of reporting tuition changes within 15 days, opting to instead wait until the outbreak is contained for confirmation of any tuition rate changes.

Following the recommendation from Governor Polis to limit large groups and events, we are postponing the following events:

  • The rest of the 2019-2020 Preschool Forum Training Series
  • All One Book Colorado events, including the book giveaway, on-site readings and off-site readings
  • All in-person DPP-funded trainings through April 7

We do not know if we will be able to reschedule these events, but will be in touch with more details as soon as we have them.

We recognize the stress and difficult decision-making this may be causing you, your staff and families and we thank you for all that you do for our community. Thank you for sharing your questions, comments and concerns during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@dpp.org or call us at (303) 595-4377.

DPP is now offering tuition support as early as June 1 for the 2020-2021 school year

Effective June 1, 2020, Denver Preschool Program will offer three additional months of tuition support (up to 15 months total) to all Denver families of children turning 4 by October 1, 2020. This means that families can start saving money on their preschool tuition the summer prior to their child’s pre-kindergarten year, and continue to do so through August 31, 2021. We are proud to be able to offer a new opportunity to begin building solid educational foundations for Denver’s youngest learners even earlier than before.

Online Family Tuition Credit Application

We have been working diligently over the last year to create our online application, where families will be able to digitally submit their DPP tuition credit application and required documents (though paper applications will still be accepted as well). We’re hoping that this streamlined application will make applying for tuition credits easier than ever! We will send out an announcement with the link next month when it is up and running and look forward to your feedback.

DPP in the News

CBS4 recently interviewed our President & CEO Elsa Holguin, as well as a DPP family that attends First Steps at Monarch Montessori. Here are three stories they published discussing the tuition support that DPP provides to Denver families:

Preschool Program Opening Doors for Denver Families

Some Parents Get Additional Support With Denver’s Preschool Program

Denver Preschool Program Opening Doors for Families

ECE Huddles

Healthy Child Care Colorado is hosting a series of ECE Huddles to elevate needs that arise and provide information that can support child care programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. 

What is a huddle? A huddle is a short meeting that occurs frequently so teams are informed and aligned. Huddles also provide a venue for participants to share, celebrate, and motivate one another.

Please view this document for information and registration links for the huddles on March 24th and 25th.

Emergency Food Relief Resources for Service Organizations

An important note shared by Denver’s Early Childhood Council:

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment Food Systems Team has partnered with a number of local funders to respond to the needs of the community, and is pleased to share that their Request for Applications (RFA) for the Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund is now live. 

If your program is staying open, we would encourage you to apply. More information in both English and Spanish, including the application, can be found at endhungerco.org.

Please note that the turnaround for this RFA is quick, with the first wave of applications due on Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. in order to be part of this week’s funding cycle. The form is straightforward and easy to fill out and the current plan is for the applications to open each week on Monday and close on Wednesday.

The team at Denver Department of Public Health and Environment knows that needs will continue to evolve and change, and will be as responsive as they are able.

Exciting Master’s Degree Opportunity

The University of Colorado Denver, in partnership with Mile High Early Learning, is now accepting applications for an MA in Learning, Developmental, and Family Sciences to begin June 2020. This unique MA program develops the leadership skills of professionals who are interested in supporting the development and learning of urban and diverse young children and their families, early childhood programs and communities. Please visit CU Denver’s website at https://education.ucdenver.edu/mile-high.

To attend an informational meeting via Zoom, please use the information below:

April 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/744768267

Please contact the Continuing and Professional Education department to learn more about the program: CPE@ucdenver.edu or 303-315-5000