Beloved Leader and Warrior
We will remember and cherish the impact of an extraordinary voice, leader, and advocate in the early childhood leadership space. Gerie Grimes served as president and CEO of the Hope Center, led the organization, and helped establish the Denver Preschool Program, as well as inspired others with her passion, enthusiasm, and energy. You can read more about Gerie’s life and contributions to the community here: www.hopecenterinc.org/hopecenternews
DPP Enroll Launch
In partnership with DPP’s family enrollment team at MetrixIQ, DPP has launched DPPEnroll: a new, free tool to help market your program to interested parents.
Note: The user must sign in from the CDHS MetrixEnroll portal first for the DPPEnroll user to be created.
Navigating between CDHS and DPP Enroll
For new user accounts or login issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the CDHS Dashboard:
DPP providers with existing accounts for CDHS MetrixEnroll will see an option in the top site menu and on the dashboard to “Update Enrollment Availability” upon login. Selecting these options will toggle the user to the DPPEnroll dashboard.
From the DPP Dashboard:
DPP providers with existing accounts for CDHS MetrixEnroll (i.e., the primary or financial contact for the stabilization grants) will see an option in the top site menu and on the dashboard to “CDHS MetrixEnroll.” Selecting these options will toggle the user to the CDHS MetrixEnroll dashboard.
Enter your enrollment availability information at least once per week to be eligible for a $25 weekly incentive, up to $100 per month for June, July, and August!
To be eligible for the incentive, you must click the “Save” button to record the date last updated, even if you have no changes in enrollment availability from your last entry or if you have zero spots available.
Incentives will be paid on a monthly basis using the same payment method your site receives tuition credit payments.
DPP launched the 2022-2023 Provider Agreement renewal process, encouraging all community sites to complete the process by June 3rd. If you have any questions about the renewal process, please contact Nayely Avila, Program Specialist, at Nayley@dpp.org or 720-287-5055 ext. 130.
DPP distributed 2022-2023 Preschool for 3s Pilot information to community providers, asking them to encourage all eligible Tier 1 and Tier 2 families who will have a 3-year-old by October 1, 2022, to apply. If you have any questions about the 2022-2023 Preschool for 3s Pilot, please contact DPP’s Enrollment team at email@example.com or 303-595-4377.
Funding Opportunites From The Denver Foundation
Deane Early Learning Equity Grant
Deadline: July 11, 2022
The Deane Early Learning Equity Grant aims to address systemic barriers within early learning environments for Colorado Children birth-8 years old who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Gorham/McGhee Early Learning Fund
Deadline: July 11, 2022
The Gorham/McGee Early Learning Fund will support programs that further the education of children aged 0-12 by focusing on literacy, nature, the environment, and/or arts, including visual arts, music, and theater.
Back to Work Grant
The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance is proud to partner with the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s COSI program to help provide the education and training you need for your next job in the Early Childhood field.
Participants will receive a one-time scholarship award, of up to $2,500! Funds can be spread across your entire degree or certificate, so you can save them for when you need them. Funds can also be used to cover a variety of expenses, including:
- Tuition costs and any fees related to admission or enrollment
- Books and supplies (including a reasonable amount for the cost of a personal computer)
- Living expenses are defined as A: housing, food, clothing, transportation, and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, for students who do not contract with a school for room and board, and B: the cost of room and board, an allowance for the cost of housing and food while attending college or career school)
- Transportation costs to/from classes
- Student loan fees
- Child Care or other dependent care
- Costs related to a disability
As Early Childhood Champions, we know it is necessary to create welcoming environments that reflect and support the diversity among the families in our care. An integral part of anti-bias curriculum is to teach children to be proud of themselves and their families. June is a month dedicated to proudly celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community among ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Here are some suggestions for how you can support and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ families in your school:
1. Do Your Research and Check Your Bias
It’s vital that you understand the history of Pride. Children are curious investigators that navigate learning through questions. Be prepared to answer their questions about the history of pride month and why it is celebrated. Of course, tailor the conversation to fit the developmentally appropriate language of the children in your classroom. It’s also essential as individuals that we check our bias. Are we supporting the LGBTQ community by teaching young children about Pride when we have a bias of our own? This involves doing our research to ensure that we are educated on the background of Pride celebrations and what they represent.
- The Origins of Pride Month: What you Should Know About Its History
- What Does LGTBQIA+ Stand for?
- This Day in June is a Children’s Book that illustrates the Pride parade, complete with a reading guide full of facts about LGBTQ history and culture.
- NAEYC’s Statement on Anti-Bias Education
2. Create an Inclusive Environment
Families are children’s first frame of reference for their world. According to NAEYC, “Reading children’s books that are inclusive of LGBTQIA+ families is an essential strategy both for supporting the self-esteem of children from these families and for teaching all children about the diversity of families.” So, fill your bookshelves with stories representing LGBTQIA+ families and characters and include photos of diverse family structures in your classroom and hallways. Model using inclusive language for students, for other staff and educators, and parents and caregivers when talking about families and gender
- A Checklist for a Welcoming and Inclusive School Environment
- Creating a Welcoming Early Childhood Program for LGBT-Headed Families
- 32 LGBTQ Children’s Books
- Four Ways to Make a Classroom Gender Inclusive
- Responding To Children’s Questions on LGBTQ Topics
- We are Family: Making Classrooms Inclusive for All Families
- Creating Inclusive Early Learning Environments for LGBTQ2+ Families
Talk about LGBTQIA+ issues the same way you approach any topic: with respect, openness, and love. And most importantly, don’t stop with June! Be a visible ally and build inclusive practices in your classroom all year long.