July Provider News

July 10th, 2018

DPP Has Expanded Quality Improvement Resources to 3-Year-Old Preschool Classrooms

To better support teachers and programs, DPP has expanded our quality improvement (QI) resources to all 3-year-old preschool classrooms in Denver County DPP sites. An important note: this is only related to QI resources and not tuition credits.

This means that now all Denver County DPP preschool classrooms will be eligible for coaching, curriculum/child assessment tools, classroom learning materials, professional development trainings, scholarship opportunities and achievement awards.

We are excited to offer you and your teachers more resources to support your great work! Please reach out to Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org with any questions.

 

Fall 2018 DPP T.E.A.C.H.® Scholarship Application Deadline is Friday, July 27

teach scholarship logoThe deadline for Denver County DPP program directors, assistant directors and preschool teachers/assistant teachers to apply for the fall 2018 DPP T.E.A.C.H.® Scholarship is Friday, July 27. The scholarship helps fund the completion of early childhood college coursework. There are three scholarship options: Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship, Associates Degree Scholarship and Pathway to Credential Scholarship. Learn more about each scholarship option.

To successfully apply, please submit:

1) The full scholarship application with all required information

2) Your program’s director must complete the Center Participation Agreement for the scholarship type for which you are applying

          -Bachelor’s Degree Center Participation Agreement

          -Associates Degree Center Participation Agreement

          -Pathway to Credential Center Participation Agreement

Contact Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org with any questions.

 

2018-2019 Quality Improvement Framework Revisions

You asked, we answered. It is our goal to utilize your feedback to best support your professional development and quality of your school. In addition to the QI resource expansion to 3-year-old classrooms, we are implementing the following improvements to the 2018-2019 QI Framework:

-Expanding flexibility in length of coaching sessions

-Adjusting achievement awards to allow for coaching session durations to vary

-Increasing funding for program achievement awards

-Increasing communication of coaching timeline and follow-up

-DPP Forum focus on language and literacy

-Better connecting schools with mental health and early intervention resources

-Expanding cultural responsiveness of professional development offerings

-New training series on teacher-child interactions

-Ensuring 3-year-old classroom teachers have increased opportunities for learning about positive teacher-child interactions

-Exploring new leadership, management and administration trainings

Please reach out to Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org at any time during the year to let us know how can better support you and your program.

 

Need help signing up eligible DPP families?

$20 for 20 minutes logoIntroducing the new, improved and easy-to-use form to help you schedule a Sign up Social at your school today! Remember, for every family that signs up for DPP by October 1, you will receive an extra $20 to spend as you see fit. If you would like to take advantage of our Sign up Social but are unsure of when you would like to hold one, email Tricia at tricia@dpp.org and she can work with you to find a time.

 

2018-2019 DPP Provider Agreement Renewal Reminder

A friendly reminder that the 2018-2019 DPP provider agreement renewal process is open. Please have your site’s director or primary contact login to https://home.ecconnectcolorado.org/  to complete the process. In addition to completing the online portion of the renewal, you are required to sign the provider agreement and submit updated copies of your tuition rates, DPP classroom(s) daily schedule of activities and copies of your child care and business licenses. 

We look forward to partnering with your program during 2018-2019! Please reach out to Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org with any questions.

 

Neighborhood Showcase

dpp preschool showcase logoThank you to the many schools who joined DPP at Safe Summer Kickoff on June 3 and at Heal the Hood on June 23 for our neighborhood Showcases. This was our second time teaming up with the Southwest Denver Coalition and our first time partnering with Families Against Violent Acts (FAVA), and both collaborations were a success.

We will be doing a third neighborhood Showcase in northwest Denver at the Sun Valley Block Party on Saturday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending, keep an eye out for an email with more information, or you can contact Tricia Nelson at tricia@dpp.org. With your help, we can reach more families in our community and give more 4-year-olds the opportunity to attend preschool.

 

DPP Has Temporarily Relocated

DPP offices will be undergoing a facelift this summer. Due to the renovations, DPP has temporarily relocated to 1600 N. Downing Street, Suite 200 Denver, 80218 as of July 5. Our contact information, including phone numbers and fax number will remain the same. Please contact our Office Manager, Angeles Ross, at angeles@dpp.org if you have any questions or concerns throughout our temporary relocation.

 

DPP providers serve children in 74 of 78 neighborhoods!

photo of interactive map of Denver preschoolsThe evaluation team at the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver used data from DPP and CDHS (Colorado Department of Human Services) to create interactive, web-based maps of early childhood education programs in Denver. Not only are DPP providers represented in the majority of Denver’s neighborhoods, they also deliver some of the highest quality ECE programs around town.

Click here to see the interactive maps of ECE programs in Denver!

 

Coming Trainings

The Denver Preschool Program training calendar can be accessed anytime on our website. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings. Registration for trainings is available online at ecconnect.ecclacolorado.org

As a DPP Participating Program, the following trainings are available at no cost to you and your staff:

Leadership in Action: Business Success Topics for Directors: Date and time: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Circle of Influence (July): Building trust and a spirit of collaboration among staff in early childhood programs is central to achieving high-performing work teams. Meaningful staff involvement in decision-making is one way that trust and commitment to organizational goals is achieved. This workshop provides a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and suggests ways that directors can move toward a more participative process in achieving program goals.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health (C.A.T.C.H.) Training: Date and time: Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The evidence-based CATCH Early Childhood program is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun.

The CATCH program is aligned with the Colorado Shines point structure. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for this 6 hour training aligned to Colorado licensing rules.

CATCH Training Workshops have been developed and refined over a 20 year period and are fun, dynamic and multi-dimensional clinics designed to provide the knowledge, skills and tools to successfully implement and support your CATCH Program. We focus on establishing a process that sets up everyone in the community to succeed.

Our rule in training is, “if it ain’t fun, it don’t get done!” 

Recognizing the Impact of Bias - Free Online Training

Unconscious or Implicit Bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. It is important to recognize and address such biases, since they can undermine efforts to increase equity in access, service use, and outcomes for all children and their families.This interactive, self-paced training available on the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System explores how conscious bias and unconscious or implicit bias impact relationships and decision making.