The Denver Preschool Program’s (DPP) Board of Directors voted to increase its tuition credit scale by 10 percent for the 2016-2017 school year, making preschool more affordable for families living in Denver. Since 2014, when voters reauthorized the dedicated preschool sales tax, DPP has increased tuition credit rates by more than 15 percent.
“The typical student receiving DPP tuition support comes from a tier 2 family (eligible for free and reduced-price lunch) attending a level 3 quality preschool for a full day,” said Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of DPP. “Families fitting this profile receive $431 a month in tuition support.”
The quality scale provides an incentive for participating preschools to achieve the highest quality rating and for families to choose higher quality programs. There are more than 250 participating preschools based in the Denver community, including 89 preschools in Denver Public Schools.
“The Denver Preschool Program is working to keep its promise to voters and parents to help with the rising cost of high quality preschool and the demand for extended-day services,” Landrum continued. “Thanks to the ongoing support of Denver taxpayers, we have been able to restore funding for the summer months and increase tuition credit rates each of the past two school years.”