News Bites – Winter, 2016

Denver Preschool Showcase returns in January

With all of the preschool options parents have to choose from these days, finding the best program for their child can be a challenge. Fortunately, there’s help.
This January, the Denver Preschool Program is hosting its fifth annual Preschool Showcase to connect local families of 3- and 4-year-olds with more than 250 quality-rated preschool providers and tuition support—all under one roof. The next Preschool Showcase will take place on two dates at three locations.

The showcase will also feature free food, family-friendly entertainment, dental screenings, online Preschool Locator demonstrations, on-site Spanish translators and photo opportunities with PBS characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

January 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being `3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207
  • Boys & Girls Club, J. Churchill Owen Branch 3480 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver, CO 80219

January 19, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Quigg Newton Community Center 4440 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211

For more information, or questions, please click here or call 303-595-4377. 

Denver votes to continue Denver’s preschool tax increase

During the most recent election Denver voters were asked on Ballot Measure 2A if DPP should retain and spend the .03 percent increase to its original .12 percent sales tax that was originally approved in 2014. We are delighted that voters overwhelmingly voted YES!

Not only does this great news mean that DPP will continue receiving 0.15 percent sales tax through 2026, but that more of Denver’s children will have the resources they need to be prepared for kindergarten and the classroom. 

Thank you to everyone who used their voice and their vote to ensure Denver’s investment in early childhood education continues.

Three things to know about Zach Hochstadt

When it comes to gaining support for a cause, Zach Hochstadt knows it’s not just what you say that matters, it’s also how you say it and, of course, who you say it to. As a professional brand strategist and wordsmith, Hochstadt has helped more than 250 nonprofits across the country transform their voice into one of their most valuable assets, including the Denver Preschool Program. Here are three things to know about our most vocal Board Member:

1. He’s passionate about doing good in the world

Hochstadt is founding partner of Mission Minded, a branding firm that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations like Mile High United Way, the Buell Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation and Children’s Museum of Denver. “We believe that when foundations and nonprofits are better understood about what they do and why they do it, they are more likely to reach their goals,” said Hochstadt.

2. He believes education is the best catalyst for social change

Although he’s always had an interest in education, Hochstadt’s past work with Gary Community Investments and the Piton Foundation deepened it. “That experience reinforced for me the strategic value of investing in early childhood education,” said Hochstadt. “That is, if you want to make a difference on issues like intergenerational poverty…one of the best investments you can make are in education.”

3. He’s an ultimate Frisbee enthusiast

When he’s not finding the right words to say, Hochstadt’s usually on the Ultimate Frisbee field (and even there, he has a reputation amongst his teammates for creative cheering). Hochstadt has played the game for more than 25 years, and even competed in the grand masters division at the 2016 National Championships.

DPP’s Jennifer Landrum and DPS’s Cheryl Caldwell present at Dallas’s National Convening on Early Learning

Jennifer Landrum, DPP’s president and CEO and Cheryl Caldwell, director of early education at Denver Public Schools recently participated in the National Convening on Early Learning held in Dallas. 

Hosted by The Boston Consulting Group and The Dallas Foundation, the gathering brought together education leaders across the country to discuss best practices for closing the learning gaps between children with access to high quality early learning and those who do not.

During the Gallery Walk of City “Promising Practices,” Landrum and Caldwell presented DPP as an example of an early childhood education model that has achieved significant impact. 

“As one of the few local tax payer-funded preschool programs in the country, we make it a priority to engage other early childhood education leaders to ensure that all children will one day have access to high quality instruction,” said Landrum.

For more information about the Boston Consulting Group, please visit

For more information about The Dallas Foundation, please visit

New year, new website

We’re excited to announce that we’re in the process of building a new website to streamline how we communicate with parents and providers. Our new website will have a refreshed design, improved navigation, and more. Stay tuned.

New preschool studies prove benefits last for years

“Do the benefits of preschool last?” asks policy makers, parents, and researchers in a new NPR article by Elissa Nadworny. According to evidence from recent studies of state-funded preschool programs that looked at 20,000 former preschoolers in Virginia, and nearly 1 million in North Carolina, the answer is yes. Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear the United States is moving closer to rolling out a single universal preschool program. Read more about why early childhood education experts think the future of Pre-K remains at the state level.