News Bites – Winter, 2018

Denver Preschool Program Celebrates 10 Years

This fall the Denver Preschool Program celebrated its 10th year of making preschool possible for every Denver 4-year-old.  With the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year in September, the program’s 50,000th student walked through the door to preschool and DPP had distributed more than $92 million in tuition support to Denver families. As we shine a light on the success of the program, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank YOU, Denver, for ensuring every Denver 4-year-old has access to high quality preschool.
“I am so proud and so thankful for every person who has made DPP what it is today,” Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program said. “We are deeply grateful for your support and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Join us in celebrating this milestone by watching this video.

DPP’s Kids Council

teacher with kids

As part of our 10-year celebration we convened the DPP Kids Council, which is made up of one student from every DPP preschool class between 2007 and 2017.

“Our future is brighter because of DPP, and really the investment that the people of Denver have made in the program,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in his remarks at a special Kids Council breakfast in September.

DPP Increases Tuition Credit Scale for 2018-2019 by 10.7 Percent

As part of its ongoing mission to improve preschool access and affordability, the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) will increase DPP’s Tuition Credit Scale by 10.7 percent beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.  This increase, along with changes to the structure of the scale that drives more support to Denver’s families with the greatest need, will give more families the opportunity to enroll their 4-year-old in a quality-rated preschool program of their choice.
View the 2018-2019 Tuition Credit Scale
View the press release

6th Annual Preschool Showcase

Kid playing craft

For six years running the Denver Preschool Program hosted its Preschool Showcase, a free, one-stop opportunity for parents to explore their early learning options and receive information about available resources including tuition support from the Denver Preschool Program.
This year we hosted the event at the Dahlia Center for Health and Well-Being where representatives from more than 30 of our quality-rated preschool programs (view the list) and some of our early childhood partners including the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver Public Libraries and the Denver Art Museum, came together to help parents learn more about their early childhood education options. At the Showcase we saw:

200 families – twice as many attendees as 2017

Over a dozen partner organizations

Over 30 schools

A visit from the Denver Post (view article here)

Denver Business Journal features DPP’s CEO Jennifer Landrum in Thought Leadership Series

CEO Jennifer Landrum

Denver Preschool Program President and CEO Jennifer Landrum was recently featured as part of Denver Business Journal’s Thought Leadership series. The profile included insights from Landrum’s four years at the helm of Denver Preschool Program, as well as how her past professional and personal experiences shaped her work ethic. Landrum also shares her ideas to continue DPP’s success of increasing access to high quality early childhood education. 
Read the full article here.

Georgetown University Gives High Quality Preschool an A+

The New York Times recently reported that researches from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. concluded high quality preschool has powerful long-term effects. The study looked at the academic progression of 4,000 children in Tulsa, Okla., from their preschool year through eighth grade. Read more about their findings.