August 2022 Provider Newsletter

DPP’s Enrollment Incentives

Denver Preschool Program’s Enrollment Incentive Program, $20 for 20 minutes, is back for the 2022-2023 school year!

Engage, Enroll and Earn!

We’re excited to announce that Denver Preschool Program is relaunching its enrollment incentive program, $20 for 20 Minutes. This program is designed to help Denver County community- and home-based providers to (1) engage more families, (2) enroll more children, and (3) earn more funds to use for their early childhood education program.

It’s simple: For every child enrolled in a Denver County community- or home-based program who is approved to receive tuition support from Denver Preschool Program by Oct. 1, 2022, for the 2022-2023 program year, you’ll automatically receive an extra $20 for your school for the 20 minutes it takes a family to fill out a DPP application! Payments will be distributed in full to schools this fall once $20 for 20 has ended. 

Please view this FAQ and don’t hesitate to reach out to our enrollment team at or 303-595-4377 with any questions you may have or if there’s anything further we can do to support you in earning these incentives. Thank you for your continued partnership in enrolling families for the upcoming school year!

Provider Appreciation Event Save-the-Date 

A Save the Date! DPP Wants to Celebrate YOU!

DPP would not be a success without our preschools, and we want to thank you for your hard work and dedication on behalf of Denver’s youngest generation. We are looking forward to our next Provider Appreciation Event, where we will roll out the metaphorical red carpet to celebrate all you have accomplished over the last year.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and plan to join us at

Rocky Mountain PBS, located at,
2101 Arapahoe Street,
Denver, CO 80205.

Stayed tuned for more details…

Share Your Story – 5 Minutes for Families!

Spread the word!

DPP would love your help reaching out to families to hear about their child’s preschool experience and how support from DPP may have made an impact on their child and their family. If you have any families in mind that may be willing to share their stories, please contact us at or 720-287-5055 ext. 130. We’ll be happy to reach out to the families directly. 

Nothing is more impactful than families hearing from other families about how high-quality preschool made an impact on their children. Gathering first-hand stories can ensure more families experience the Power of Preschool. Thank you for your support! 

Sign-Up Socials

We Can Help Sign Up Your DPP-eligible Families!

DPP enrollment is open! If you have DPP-eligible children for the 2022-2023 school year that still need to enroll, they can sign up today and receive tuition support as early as September 1. To help get families signed up quickly and easily, consider scheduling a DPP Sign-Up Social at your family back-to-school event.

Simply fill out this online form to get started.

Read Aloud Program

The Read Aloud Program at the Denver Public Library is looking for volunteers that would like to read to preschool classrooms starting in September. The only three requirements are:

  •  Committing 30 minutes a week for about 14 weeks to visit and read in Spanish or English with a  preschool classroom in Denver
  •  Being able to pass a background check (need to be 18)
  • Respect young children as learners.

The Read Aloud Program has served our community for more than 30 years, and last semester we read in more than 200 classrooms every week. No previous experience doing story time is required, and all materials and training are provided by the Denver Public Library. The next two training options are September 1st and September 6th. The first week of reading will be the week of September 12th.

If you are interested, you can find more information and the application here:

For questions, contact Alberto at or call at 720-865-0320.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science 

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science would like to share important information for families!

SNAP recipients get Museum admission for $1 per person, up to 10 people!

Please share this flyer in English and Spanish to all your families. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
2001 Colorado Blvd. 
Denver, CO 80205 


Inclusive classrooms are welcoming and support the diverse academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of all students. When inclusion is done well, everyone in the class benefits. It strengthens the ability of all kids to work together, understand and value different points of view, think critically, and be successful learners.

 Here are questions to ask yourself to create an inclusive classroom at the beginning of the school year.

  • Does your classroom have inaccessible areas such as: hard to reach items for some children but not others, platforms within the classroom or on climbing equipment?
  • Are there adequate spacious areas such as: indoor and outdoor spaces that are uncluttered, and wide and long enough so that children with mobility equipment have room to turn around in (approximately 4-5 feet)? 
  •  Are indoor and outdoor safety features such as: handrails at a child’s level in the bathroom by the toilet and sink and on all steps or ladders, soft flooring to take the edge of falls? 
  • Is there adequate room/space lighting?  Is lighting evenly distributed? Does the lighting cast bright or harsh glares? Are there areas that are too bright or dim?
  • Are there appropriate noise levels? How do voices carry in the room? Can you focus and listen to a child sitting next to you without being distracted by noisy children across the room? 
  • Are there multiple formats to communicate classroom expectations such as pictures, picture schedules, and signs? Print in a room should be  in big, bold letters. 
  • Are there a wide range of materials and activities for varying developmental levels? 
  • Do you have activities and resources that promote multisensory experiences such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling?  This includes musical and  movement toys and activities. 
  • How is your transition management? Do adults prepare children for change by using techniques such as: giving cues before any transition occurs, providing a timed count down before a change in the schedule, describing how activities end and new ones begin etc
  • Are you communicating with parents about the roles and routines in the classroom?
  • Does your classroom represent the diversity of your students and families?


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