In less than a month our newest group of DPP preschoolers will walk through their preschool classroom doors. The 2017-2018 school year marks the 10-year anniversary of when the very first cohort of DPP preschoolers entered your doors, and we couldn’t have reached this milestone without all of you. To celebrate, we are holding our 10th Birthday Celebration on September 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and would love for all of you to join us. There will be free food and drinks and we will be giving out a few awards as well. We also have a special gift in the works that every DPP classroom will receive – stay tuned!
DPP has created the Preschool Partner Spotlight to honor the hard work done by our preschool teachers and administrators. Through the nomination process by our coaches, we were delighted to hear all of the wonderful things that are taking place in DPP classrooms.
This month’s spotlight is The Denver Athletic Club (DAC), one of the few DPP schools found in downtown Denver.
Their DPP coach, Christine, noticed the commitment they’ve been making to professional development, including hosting and having six of their teachers attend a professional learning community about positively supporting challenging behavior and starting work with a social-emotional trainer and coach, Susan Kay. A goal they have been targeting and making great strides in is for their teachers to continue their education, which DAC has been helping their teachers pay for.
Courtney LeDuc, Director of Education at DAC, noted they find providing these opportunities and funding for teachers to participate in the professional development opportunities that interest them is one important demonstration of their appreciation. They have found the connections made with their coaches and trainers to be of incredible value, as they have been able to add fresh ideas to their existing best practices and further empowered not only their teachers, but also their children to grow into responsible learners.
This school year, each in-city DPP community- or home-based program will receive $20 for every 4-year-old enrolled in their program and approved to receive tuition support by October 1, 2017. You are free to choose how you want to use these dollars—classroom materials, staff bonuses, professional development—whatever you see fit. If you would like to schedule a time for DPP representatives to come to your school to help your families get signed up, please contact Tricia Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.287.5055 x 180.
Please note: Only DPP community- or home-based schools located in Denver County are eligible for the Enrollment Incentive Program
Aligning with our goal for continuous improvement, we are implementing the following improvements to our QI Framework for the 2017-2018 school year:
Varying our training locations: DPP will organize more neighborhood-based and school-based trainings in regions across the city to meet you where you are.
Increasing CLASS® coaching and follow-up: DPP will increase our coaching capacity to support the request from providers for more help in preparing for the CLASS® observation and increased follow-up from the coaching team after the observation.
Supporting school-based leadership and expertise: DPP will be enhancing our business, management and administration resources for directors and working with select high-achieving teachers to become mentor-teachers within their program.
Launching a new DPP Child Development Association (CDA) Credential™ Scholarship: DPP will introduce a DPP CDA™ scholarship targeted toward DPP assistant teachers that are striving to become lead teacher qualified. More details will be sent soon on how to apply.
Streamlining our financial achievement awards: DPP will introduce streamlined Achievement Awards that reward coaching and training participation, earning a Colorado coaching credential and demonstrating excellent teacher-child interactions as measured by CLASS®.
DPP allows and encourages qualified families to receive tuition support from DPP and other funding streams (e.g. Head Start, Colorado Preschool Program, CCAP, etc.) as long as the total amount your program receives for any particular child does not exceed your published private pay tuition rate. Please read the Tuition Credits and Attendance section of the provider agreement for full details.
Click here to access a tuition credit calculation spreadsheet. This tool is meant to help you determine the total amount of funding each child at your preschool is receiving, if that amount exceeds your published tuition rate you will need to notify DPP (or a different funder) of any adjustments, please email email@example.com to let us know and we will adjust the amount your program receives from DPP.
The Denver Preschool Program is excited to announce our first trainings for the 2017-2018 school year. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings. Registration is available online at ecconnect.ecclacolorado.org.
Please click here for the full August to September training catalog.
The following trainings are just a few of the wide-range of trainings available at no cost to you and your staff:
Pyramid Plus Approach (PPA)
Description: The training curriculum is based on the framework and content of the Pyramid Model training modules (both Infant/Toddler and Preschool) and embeds many evidence-based inclusion practices for working with children with challenging behavior and other special needs. The PPA training covers the developmental continuum of young children from birth through five years of age. The training is designed for Early Childhood professionals and others working to improve the social emotional health of young children.
Individuals who have completed the full course (all 18 sessions) of the Pyramid Plus Approach training from a Certified Trainer will be considered to have met the requirements for Early Childhood Guidance Strategies (ECE 103) in accordance with Division of Child Care rules regulating child care centers and family home licenses.
Dates and times: Saturdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO 80204
Project Learning Tree
Description: Interested in bringing more nature and science into your preschool classroom? This training includes activities and a guide book developed with preschoolers in mind. The guidebook you will receive includes over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration and is specifically designed for educators who work with children ages three to six. Topics include exploring nature with five senses, meeting neighborhood trees, and experiencing trees through the seasons. This training will include make and take activities!
Dates and times: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Hope Center, 3400 Elizabeth St., Denver, CO 80205
Proyecto Aprendiendo del Árbol (Project Learning Tree)
Description: ¿Está interesada/o en incluir más naturaleza y ciencia en tu salón? Esta capacitación incluye actividades y libro de guía desarrollado con niños de preescolar en mente. El libro de guía incluye más de 130 experiencias que involucra a los niños en el juego y exploración afuera. Temas incluyen, explorando naturaleza con los cinco sentidos, conociendo los arboles del barrio, y experimentando los arboles con las temporadas.
Dates and times: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Mountain View Child Care Center, 3939 W Florida Ave., Denver, CO 80219