March Provider News 2019

2019-2020 DPP Provider Agreement Renewal Process

The annual DPP provider agreement renewal process will launch early April. Please have your site’s director or primary contact login to https://www.ecconnectcolorado.org/ to start the process. In addition to completing the online portion of the renewal, your program will need to send several required documents and sign the provider agreement by July 31, 2019.

We look forward to partnering with your program during 2019-2020! Please reach out to Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org with any questions.

Sign Up Your DPP-Eligible Families Today!

If you have DPP-eligible children for the 2018-2019 school year that still need to enroll, they can sign up today and start receiving tuition support immediately, through August 31. If you need support signing up these families for DPP, we can help. We offer Sign-Up Socials, a convenient resource for preschools to have DPP representatives on-hand to assist families with the application process and address a variety of questions related to the program.  Our goal is to streamline the process and minimize your staff time devoted to DPP applications. We are here to help!

And it’s never too early to get your next class of preschoolers signed-up to receive DPP funds beginning this fall. To help sign up your upcoming 2019-2020 students, we recommend having a Sign-Up Social at your graduation event or end-of-the-year picnic. Customized marketing materials are available in advance of the event, as well as applications, brochures and other helpful information.

To register your school for a Sign-Up Social, simply complete this online form.

In addition, here is a parent letter you can provide to your eligible 2019-2020 families, along with articles you can share out in your newsletter for your 2018-2019 families and for your 2019-2020 families:

Calling all parents of soon-to-be kindergarteners! If you live in Denver and your child is heading to kindergarten in the fall, we have great news for you – your child is currently eligible to receive tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program, now through August 31. Thanks to Denver voters, preschool tuition support is available to all Denver families regardless of income, and can be as high as $907 per month. Ask us how to apply today!

Calling all parents of preschoolers! If you live in Denver and your child is heading into their last year of preschool this fall, we have great news for you – your child is currently eligible to apply for tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program, to begin September 1. Thanks to Denver voters, preschool tuition support is available to all Denver families regardless of income, and can be as high as $907 per month. Ask us how to apply today!

If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Nelson at tricia@dpp.org or 720-287-5055 ext. 180.

Thank you for opening your doors during the DPS strike

DPS Strike photo

We want to extend a big thank you to all of the providers who helped support students who needed care during the DPS strike. It is a true testament to Denver’s preschool community when so many of you sprang into action to support Denver’s youngest learners.

If you were a provider who was able to temporarily enroll DPS students displaced by the strike, DPP has funds available to help cover additional staffing or operational expenses you may have incurred. Additionally, if any student who was temporarily enrolled is an approved DPP student, you may be eligible to be reimbursed for tuition credits on their behalf. If you are unsure if a student you enrolled is approved for DPP, please call our enrollment team at 303-595-4DPP (4377).

For more information about reimbursement for costs incurred because of the DPS strike or DPP tuition credits, email Chris Miller (chris@dpp.org) or call our main line (303)-595-4DPP for more information.

2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

DPP was a proud sponsor of the 2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference earlier this month, which saw over 2,400 attendees and more than 150 different workshops! We are pleased to participate in the conference each year to help provide an opportunity for teachers, directors and early childhood advocates to learn, share and connect. It was fun to have so many of you stop by the DPP booth, we were glad to see you there.

DPP’s new community space is now available to your school free of charge

Michael B. Hancock Community Room

As many of you know, DPP recently renovated our office, which allowed us to create the Michael B. Hancock Training Room, a meeting space for the community’s use. If you are looking for a space to hold your next meeting or training, we would for you to host it at our location. This space is free to use, holds up to 45 people, is available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes technology support if needed. To reserve the space, contact Angeles Ross at angeles@dpp.org. We hope to see you soon!

DPP Forum: Provider and Presenter Experience

Our third DPP Forum series is well underway and we are so excited to continue to share this wonderful experience with you. This year’s series, thanks to your input, focuses on supporting early language and literacy for dual language and monolingual learners. This year was also the first time we offered attendees to complete coaching sessions and homework assignments to earn three college credits in partnership with University of Colorado-Denver. We wanted to highlight a quote from one of our attendees about their Forum experience:

“The new format of DPP’s forum series has been an amazing growth opportunity. The series provides not only professional development but [optional] college coursework with assignments specific to the needs of early childhood today. I can attend the professional development and then work with a coach to help construct, implement, and reflect upon lesson designs and delivery practices. My couch has a wealth of knowledge specific to early childhood. She is an amazing support and has guided me to grow in practices which will best support children acquiring a second language. I am growing as an educator which directly correlates with the growth of the amazing children I serve.” – Forum attendee

“The students I am coaching [through the UCD partnership] are a mix of classroom and home child care teachers and directors who are either graduate students or novice-to-experienced undergraduate students. They appreciated the flexibility and supportive structure this coaching format provides in regard to meeting their time restrictions and their learning needs. This personalized coaching provides more scaffolded learning for those who need it and offers a level of reflection that truly influences their current practice be it as a teacher or administrator.” – DPP Coach

It’s not too late to join us for our last training in the four-part series, click here to register by tomorrow’s deadline if you want to attend!.

Are you already thinking about the next Forum? Email chris@dpp.org with any recommendations on topics or speakers.

Save the Date! DPP Wants to Celebrate YOU

Provider Appreciate Event

DPP would not be a success without our preschools, and we want to thank you for your hard work and dedication on behalf of Denver’s youngest generation. We are looking forward to our next Provider Appreciate Event, where we will roll out the metaphorical red carpet to celebrate all you have accomplished over the last year. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. here at DPP. Stayed tuned for more details…

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The full training catalog for April through May, 2019, can be downloaded in its entirety via our website, or you can view the trainings month-by-month on our online training calendar. We hope you will take advantage of the upcoming offerings below.

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

Conscious Discipline Learning Community (PLC)

-Date and time: Thursday nights, April 25, May 9 and 23, and June 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

-Description: We will dive into research-based strategies that help adults stay calm enough to see misbehavior as a signal to teach instead of punish. It then provides effective strategies for teaching social-emotional and life skills to children.

How to Introduce Touchy Topics to Children

-Date and time: Wednesday, May 15, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

-Description: Divorce, race, homelessness, war, sex, gender… There are many topics children become aware of before the adults in their lives feel prepared to discuss them. This workshop helps early childhood educators understand when and how to introduce different topics to children so that they can support parents in doing the same at home.

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