March Provider News

March 28th, 2018

2018 Mandatory Provider Meetings

As a Denver Preschool Program participating provider, each school must sign and abide by our annual provider agreement. It has come to our attention that several policies and procedures are complicated and sometimes hard to interpret. In light of that, we are asking all DPP providers to join us this spring for an annual provider meeting to clarify important policies and procedures. The topics will include attendance reporting and the quality assurance program, presenting DPP’s tuition credit scale updates and providing the opportunity to give feedback to us on how we can better support you.

One person from each school is required to attend one of the meeting times offered below. For those of you with multiple locations, we will just need one person from one of the locations that would be willing to share the information. The following options are:

Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at TBD
Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Z-Place in far northeast Denver
Thursday, May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at TBD
Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Mile High Early Learning in central Denver
Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at TBD
Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at TBD

Please RSVP with the meeting time you would like to sign up for to Angeles Ross at angeles@dpp.org. If you are unable to make one of the times above, please contact Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org.

We will be providing breakfast and coffee to those who attend a Saturday morning training and dinner to those who attend an evening training. When you sign up, please let us know if you have any special food allergies or requirements.

We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to meet with us, and will have plenty of fun giveaways for you as a thank you!

 

Schedule a Sign-Up Social at Your School Today!

DPP offers Sign-Up Socials (Socials) as a convenient resource for preschools to assist families with the application process and address a variety of questions related to our program.  During a Social, DPP representatives are available to answer any questions and work one-on-one with parents to complete the application.

Our goal is to both better streamline the process and minimize your staff time devoted to the DPP applications.  We will provide you with customized marketing materials in advance of the event to promote the Social and have free snacks for your families.

A few ideas for holding a Social at your school include:

-Hosting a table and being part of a prescheduled “Parent Night”, end-of-school picnic, graduation celebration or other school event at which parents will be present

-Setting up a DPP application support table near your school's sign-in/check-out area on a specific date/time

Spring is a great time to hold a Social as parents who are in the process of enrolling a 4-year-old for the 2017-18 school year can learn about DPP benefits before the school year begins. Any child that lives in Denver and will be 4-years-old by October 1 is eligible for tuition support for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year beginning in September.

To schedule a Sign-Up Social at your school, please complete this quick online form.

 

One Book 4 Colorado

The 2018 One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO) events are right around the corner! OB4CO provides more than 75,000 books to children across the state each year. Feel free to visit www.onebook4colorado.org to learn more.

This year’s books will arrive soon and are for every child in a Denver Preschool Program classroom. Look for an email in the next week with information about how and where to collect your books. We ask that you distribute the books during the event dates of April 10 through April 23, 2018. Along with the book giveaway, One Book 4 Colorado includes a number of bilingual public events featuring local celebrity readers as well as Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) featuring a performance by this year’s winning author on April 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

 

Free Leadership, Management and Administration Coaching Available

The Business Leadership Specialist at Denver’s Early Childhood Council, Dora Esparza, is available to support implementing best business practices in your center. Specific areas of focus include:

-Record keeping and management resources

-Assisting in creating and maintaining policies for employee/parent handbooks

-Creating strategic plan/business plans

-Reviewing income and expenses to identify areas for improvement

-Reviewing tuition streams and diversified funding

-Staff  recruitment and retention plan creation

-Marketing and enrollment support

-Developing and delivering business/leadership trainings

-Strengthening staffing roles and responsibilities based on strength and knowledge

A strong business foundation is vital for long-term success. Please reach out to Dora to request support at any time: dora@denverearlychildhood.org

 

Teach Plus Colorado

Teach Plus Colorado is seeking teacher input on potential new statewide legislation that will limit early childhood suspensions and expulsions.  

The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and your responses will remain anonymous. Colorado teachers who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards. For questions about this survey, please email research@teachplus.org. You can access the survey here: http://bit.ly/2HwgSZo