January Provider News

2019 Preschool Showcase – a ROARing success

Denver families visit the 2019 Preschool Showcase

The 2019 Preschool Showcase was held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at a new location – the Denver Zoo! Our parents enjoyed seeing all the animals following the event on what turned out to be a warm winter day.

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us make the Showcase a great place for families to begin their preschool search. We had more than 500 attendees, our highest turnout in recent years! The feedback we received from them was overwhelmingly positive, thanks to all of you.

If you attended the Showcase and have any feedback to share with us, please email Tricia at tricia@dpp.org. Thanks again for your support!

If you were unable to join us at the Showcase, there will be smaller, neighborhood Showcases throughout the summer. Be on the lookout for additional information on how to register your school to attend upcoming outreach opportunities.

FREE N’ FUN Interactive Program for Preschoolers

Food Fun Fitness logo

Our partners at the Denver Osteopathic Foundation recently shared with us an exciting new program for preschoolers. Safe N’ Smart Kids’ Food Fun and Fitness is an interactive program that introduces young students to the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyles.  It is an innovative project involving medical students, preschool teachers and parents as partners in education.  The students participate in several interactive activities:  hand washing, teeth brushing, healthy snacks and exercise.  Students rotate through each of the 15 minute activities in small groups of 6-8 and also receive a take home activity book.

Learn more about the activities that are provided and sign up today!

Exciting Master’s Degree Opportunity

The University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development and Mile High Early Learning are pleased to share a new two-year MA program in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences. The program is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of family systems and dynamics, child learning and development, social justice, and leadership. It caters to students who seek to be leaders in organizations that serve families, young children, and their communities and is available to anyone who already has a BA or BS. We invite you to apply by the April 1 deadline for the next cohort beginning June 2019.

For more information about the program, please see the program information sheet and visit https://education.ucdenver.edu/mile-high/


Please join representatives from CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development and Mile High Early Learning to learn more about the MA in Learning, Developmental, and Family Sciences. Attend a session using the Zoom links provided below. Please RSVP to cpe@ucdenver.edu to attend any information session:

February 5, 2019

–Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

–Where: Zoom Video Conference

–Join: https://ucdsehd.zoom.us/j/838090118

March 6, 2019

–Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

–Where: Zoom Video Conference

–Join: https://ucdsehd.zoom.us/j/677226633

Learn more about this opportunity here.

New research shows that DPP students are ready for Kindergarten

Child outcomes brief

The vast majority of the 241 children who participated in the 2016-2017 DPP Child Outcomes Study reached benchmarks indicating they are ready for kindergarten. The Study focused on students’ progress toward kindergarten readiness through their preschool year.  Students were assessed on early literacy, vocabulary, math, social-emotional development and thinking and memory skills. Similar to the past seven years, many positive results emerged showing that DPP is helping Denver’s 4-year-olds become ready to succeed in kindergarten. For example, 88 percent of children scored in ranges on the vocabulary assessment that indicated they were ready for kindergarten in that domain. The full 2016-2017 Child Outcomes Study Part A and the Kindergarten Readiness brief are available on the DPP website.

Training Opportunities

The full training catalog for January through May can be downloaded in its entirety, or you can view the trainings month-by-month on our online training calendar. We hope you will take advantage of the below upcoming offerings.

The following trainings are just a couple of the upcoming options available at no cost to you and your staff:

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals

–Date and time: Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

–Description: Want to identify ways to make healthy foods appeal to kids?Need new recipe ideas that fit CACFP guidelines? Want to learn how to encourage healthy eating habits? This 8-hour training teaches early care and education professionals about healthy meal preparation and how to create a positive food environment for children. Register here: http://ezregister.com/events/27493/

Preventing Challenging Behaviors Professional Learning Community (PLC)

–Date and time: Wednesday nights, Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20 and Apr. 3 & 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

–Description: Come to this group to talk through strategies for challenging behavior and learn about positive behavior supports you can add to your classroom to support the healthy social-emotional development of all children.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Authentic Assessment and Documentation Professional Learning Community (PLC)

–Date and time: Monday nights, Feb. 4 & 18, March 4 & 18 and April 8 & 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

–Description: Learn how to capture and tell the story of children’s learning in your classroom. Use documentation to support lesson planning, assess children’s growth and developing using Teaching Strategies GOLD® and beyond.

Registration for all trainings is available online at www.ecconnectcolorado.org.