News Bites - Summer, 2018

August 23rd, 2018

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

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.

 

DPP’s Quality Improvement System expands to reach younger classrooms

For the first time in its history, the Denver Preschool Program is giving local 3-year-old preschool classrooms access to $700,000 per year in quality improvement resources, beginning this September 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.

 

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 this fall and is interested in lowering monthly costs, now is the best time to sign up 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

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 full report here.

 

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

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.