Navigating New Immigrant Resources in Denver: A Guide for Denver Preschool Program Providers

As Denver continues to attract a diverse population, early childhood educators and caregivers should be informed about the resources available to support migrant and new immigrant families. Understanding these families’ unique challenges and being equipped with relevant resources can greatly enhance the preschool experience for children and their families. This month’s Equity Corner provides some ideas and resources for preschool providers in Denver that may be helpful in your interactions with new immigrants in our community.

City Newcomer Support: The City and County of Denver created a Newcomer and Migrant Support webpage with information and resources on the City’s response to the influx of Newcomers from the southern border. The site includes ways to get involved, find resources, read media updates, and connect with community partners.

Educational System Support: The education system in the United States is very different from that in many Latin American countries. To assist families in navigating the educational system, we suggest providing information about enrollment procedures and educational resources available in multiple languages. At DPP, families can connect with our bilingual Preschool Navigator at for assistance.

Childcare Assistance: Finding affordable and quality childcare is essential for new immigrant families juggling to find work and balance work and childcare responsibilities. Provide information about support programs like Denver Preschool Program (DPP) and Colorado Universal Preschool (UPK). New immigrant families qualify for these programs, regardless of their immigration status.

Cultural Competency Training: Start by providing your staff with adequate cultural competency training. Understanding the backgrounds, traditions, and values of migrant and immigrant families fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment in your preschool program.

Language Support: Language barriers can be a significant obstacle for immigrant families. Connect with local organizations offering language support services, such as ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and interpreter services. The Community Language Cooperative provides language assistance resources and training. The Denver Public Library offers children and adults literacy programs and educational resources.

Financial Resources: Inform families about programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) that provide financial support for food, nutrition, and other essentials.

Community Support: Foster connections between immigrant families and local community organizations that provide social support, counseling services, and networking opportunities. Some nonprofit organizations supporting new immigrant families include Servicios de la Raza, El Centro Humanitario, and VIVE Wellness.

By familiarizing yourself and your staff with these resources, DPP providers can better support new immigrant families in your preschool program. We believe building strong partnerships with community organizations and advocating for the needs of immigrant families can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all children to thrive. Together, we can ensure that every child receives the quality early education they deserve, regardless of their background or immigration status.