News Bites – 2018

Transition News from DPP

hugging
Denver Preschool Program Breakfast

DPP’s President and CEO Jennifer Landrum announced last week that she will be stepping down from her role, effective January 18, 2019. She would like to thank all of your for your support, and notes in her farewell letter that it has been her, “great honor to serve the City of Denver’s youngest learners and their families for the past five and a half years.”

DPP staff members echo the sentiments of DPP’s Board Chair, Chris Watney, that “Jennifer has served with vision, boldness and a constant and deep commitment to improving the lives of Denver’s young children…the board, staff and community are going to miss her in this role.”

Please join us at our Open House (see details below) to share your well wishes with Jennifer as she starts her next chapter.

The Denver Preschool Program Returns Home

Community Room

We are happy to announce that DPP’s office renovation is complete! Our new office allows DPP to offer the community, including DPP preschools, a space to hold meetings and trainings at no cost to their organization. To celebrate and share with you, we will be holding an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at our “new” offices at 305 Park Avenue West. Mayor Michael B. Hancock will be speaking at 5:00 p.m. There will be free food and drinks, along with tours of the new space. Please come for any portion of time. Please RSVP here, we hope to see you there!

DPP enters a new chapter with the release of its 2017 Annual Report

Deepening Denver's investment

The Denver Preschool Program is pleased to present the 2016-2017 Annual Report. In the latest review, you will hear from community leaders who continue to champion our cause, educators who are committed to creating equitable school environments and parents who have seen first-hand the positive effects of high quality preschool. You will also get a snapshot of how we have grown since our 10th birthday celebration and learn about our next steps toward achieving our mission of every Denver child entering kindergarten ready to reach their full potential. Access the full report here, or view the summarized digital version here.

Quality Improvement System expands to reach younger classrooms

For the first time in its history, the Denver Preschool Program hsa given local 3-year-old preschool classrooms access to $700,000 per year in quality improvement resources, beginning September 2018 and continuing through the 2020-2021 school year. This expansion of DPP’s Quality Improvement (QI) System was shaped by feedback from teachers who called attention to their programs’ need for more support in younger preschool classrooms to promote continuity of care and high quality teaching practices that will benefit children over multiple years. Excess reserve funds have allowed DPP to extend resources such as one-on-one coaching, professional development opportunities, curricula and classroom learning materials to increase high quality early childhood education for Denver’s children. For more information about DPP’s QI system, view the press release or contact Chris Miller at chris@dpp.org.

Join Us at the 7th Annual Preschool Showcase

Showcase 2019

Join us for the 7th Annual Preschool Showcase at a NEW location, on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. — the Denver Zoo at 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205.
 
Presented by the Denver Preschool Program, the Preschool Showcase provides families of preschoolers a fun and convenient way to explore the preschool options available to them through DPP, as well as available early childhood resources. This event is free and offers families the opportunity to talk to numerous DPP preschool staff and directors, kid-friendly activities to enjoy and entry to the Denver Zoo.
 
Learn more at dpp.org/news/showcase-2019

Reminder: It’s time to spread the word about tuition support

If you or someone you know has a 4-year-old registered in a participating preschool and is interested in lowering monthly costs, sign up now for guaranteed tuition support. Use our Tuition Credit Calculator to get a sneak peek at how much you can save, or skip straight ahead to sign up.

Kindergarten Readiness: The results are in

Teacher with kids

According to the latest Child Outcomes Study, the vast majority of 4-year-olds who participated in the DPP study during the 2016-2017 school year reached benchmarks indicating they are prepared for kindergarten. The study, now in its ninth year, measures how a representative sample of children progress in early literacy, vocabulary, math and social emotional skills from the spring to the fall of their preschool year. View the brief here.

DPP partner wins $250,000 in Early Childhood Workforce Grant

Denver early childhood county logo

The Denver Preschool Program is pleased to congratulate Denver’s Early Childhood Council (The Council) as a recipient of a $250,000 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant from the new Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative.
 
The Council has announced that it will use the grant to fund an ambitious pilot program aimed at recruiting, retaining and advancing the professional careers of early childhood educators.
 
“We’re very proud of Denver’s Early Childhood Council,” said Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of DPP. “They’ve been a valuable partner to us throughout our journey and we’re optimistic about how they will breathe new life into the early childhood field, for the benefit of our teachers and especially our children.”
 
The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative is a public-private partnership lead by Early Milestones Colorado to address a troubling national trend of undervaluing the role of preschool teachers. For instance, The Hechinger Report states that preschool teachers earn an average of $12 per hour, despite their critical role in shaping young minds.
 
As more research comes out that underscores the short- and long-term benefits of high quality early education, it’s become clear that urban centers across the country need to increase their investment in the development of their youngest citizens.
 
The Council is one of six organizations to win a highly competitive grant from the initiative to do just that, and they have already started their work. The grant covers work from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019.
 
For more information, about the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative, visit www.earlymilestones.org.

DPP Presents: The DPP Story

DPP has created a digital version of its “DPP Story,” which discusses the history of DPP from 2006 to 2016. We hope this interactive digital report engages our stakeholders in a new and improved way. To view the Story, please visit our website and feel free to share the link with others as you see fit.

Happy Holidays!

DPP Staff

The DPP team – Jennifer, Ellen, Marina, Chris, Tricia and Angeles – would like to thank you for all of your continued support of the Denver Preschool Program and wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Here’s to a happy and healthy start to the new year!