January Provider Newsletter

Thank you for helping to make the Showcase a success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Denver Zoo on January 11 and helped us make the Showcase a great place for families to begin their preschool search. We had nearly 700 attendees, our highest turnout in recent years! The feedback we received from them was once again 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!

Tuition Credit Scale Release

We have released the 2020-2021 tuition credit scale, which can be found on our Tuition Credit Calculator and in the online provider handbook.

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Registration Open

Registration is open for the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, to be held on March 13-14, 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center. Instructions on how to utilize your program’s DPP QI funds to register can be found here, and a full list of keynote and breakout session presentations can be found here.

Colorado’s 2020 Census – We Need YOU to Help Spread the Word

Colorado needs your help to make sure every child counts in the 2020 Census, as it is one of the most important things we can do for our children and our communities. People working with young children have a vital role to play as children under 5 is the age group most likely to be missed by the census. Colorado’s 2020 Census data will be used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for programs like child care assistance (CCAP), Head Start, foster care and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). When kids aren’t counted in the census, it reduces funding for important programs that help kids and families.

Families will be able to respond to the 2020 Census beginning in March 2020. Preschool providers and others working with young children are trusted messengers that can help families understand how important census participation is. Here are some resources for sharing this information with your families.

Colorado Receives a Preschool Development Grant

The Office of Early Childhood is excited to announce it has received a Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal. The grant provides $33.5 million in federal funding over three years to implement these planned grant activities

Colorado Shines Brighter, the state’s PDG B-5 initiative, will provide significant support to children, parents and caregivers and will support Colorado’s vision that all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. You can view the full announcement here.

Colorado Children’s Campaign’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

The Colorado Children’s Campaign serves as the leading voice for children at the state Capitol and in communities across the state. As the 2020 session of the Colorado General Assembly begins, they’ve prepared the best available data and research on child well-being to help advocates and policy makers advance—and protect—policies and investments that remove barriers for kids and families. Read about their 2020 Legislative Priorities, which include items in relation to Child Health, K-12 Education, Budget, and Early Childhood.

Interested in getting involved? Join the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Clayton Early Learning and Children’s Hospital Colorado for the annual Speak Up for Kids Day at the Capitol on March 12.

Spring 2020 Training Registration Available

The trainings for spring 2020 are posted in Denver’s Early Childhood Council’s ecConnect system and can be viewed here. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings.

The following trainings are just a few of the wide range of trainings available at no cost to you and your staff:

Featured Training Series: Leadership in Action: Directors’ Toolbox Series

  • Feb. 4: Leadership in Action
  • Mar. 3: Inspiring Peak Performance
  • Apr. 7: The Right Fit
  • May 5: A Great Place to Work

Brr…It’s Cold Outside. Let’s Go Out and Play!

  • Feb. 19 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Self-Care and Mindfulness for Leaders

  • Feb. 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Beyond Good to Great: Advanced Modules on Teacher-Child Interactions

  • Feb. 18: Advanced Module 2
  • Mar. 10: Advanced Module 3

Deepening Quality Teaching Practices

  • Mar. 25: Critical Thinking
  • Apr. 8: Expanding Understanding
  • Apr. 22: Stimulating Language

Professional Learning Communities (various dates and times)

  • Self-Care and Mindfulness PLC
  • Directors
  • Family Child Care Home Providers
  • Comportamientos Desafiantes en la Infacia Temprana (en Español)

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

Exciting Opportunity to Participate in Early Childhood Research!

What types of knowledge do preschool teachers need to be effective in their jobs? What are the types of educational experiences that are helpful in preparing excellent teachers? What should educational qualifications for preschool teachers be?

These important questions are at the heart of a new research study being conducted at the University of Colorado Denver.  The University recently received a federal research grant from the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education to study the types of educational backgrounds that help to develop excellent preschool teachers and that enhance children’s learning, growth, and development during their preschool year. The study will be taking place with 120 preschool teachers and with 1,300 children in 11 counties in Colorado, including in our county!

Over the next several months, directors in community-based ECE centers may be receiving calls or emails from Dr. Diana Schaack at the University of Colorado Denver.  Her research team will be randomly selecting ECE programs in our county and asking one lead teacher in a preschool classroom and their director to participate.  If you receive a call from Diana, we hope that your program will consider being a part of in this important study.  The results of this study can help our field to learn more about effective types of teacher preparation experiences that states might consider adopting when developing their teacher licensing and credentialing systems.

THRIVE Center Offers Valuable Resources to Families

THRIVE Center, a nonprofit that helps families navigate special education, is offering FREE workshops for families of 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities that cover Transitioning to Kindergarten, Understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Becoming an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Parent and more. THIRVE would love to provide the workshops at various DPP Preschools and are currently scheduling workshops for the spring. Please contact Debra Warner at debra@thrivectr.org or 303 632-6840 for more information.

Sign Up for the Spring Season Now!

A note from Soccer Shots: With over 200 locations and serving over 2000 kids in the Denver metro area, Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our coaches are the best-trained in the business. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards.  Please contact Kevin Falardo at kfalardo@soccershots.org for more information.