November Partner News

Next DPP Forum is on December 2

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Thank you to everyone who attended the first session of the 2017-2018 DPP Forum on November 4. We have another great morning planned for part two of the series on Saturday, Dec. 2, which will focus on Family Capacity Building Events. Please click here to register and note that we welcome new attendees that could not make it to the first Forum.

Below are the remaining training dates and topics for the rest of this year’s Forum series about about effective family-school partnerships. The upcoming trainings will focus on engaging families with proven literacy strategies for their children, implementing two-way communication between schools and families, and individualizing family engagement to the unique cultural and linguistic needs of each family.  

Saturday, Dec. 2: Family Capacity Building Events

Saturday, Feb. 24: Communication Practices that Build Family Capacity

Saturday, April 14: Differentiating Family Support: Equitable Strategies to Meet the Needs of All Families

Please contact with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

$20 for 20 Enrollment Incentive Recap and Breakfast Winners

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DPP’s new $20 for 20 Enrollment Incentive program was a great success thanks to all your hard work in helping DPP families complete their application early this school year.  This year, 1,467 DPP student applications were received from 133 community providers by October 1, compared to 1,085 approved as of that date last school year – a 35 percent increase!  Thanks so much for helping to enroll every DPP-eligible family so they could start receiving their tuition credit support early in the year.

And for the programs below that had the greatest increase in approved DPP applications from last year to this year, we will be purchasing coffee and bagels for your staff. Thank you so much!

Auraria Early Learning Center

Denver Cooperative

Montessori Children’s House of Denver – Stapleton Campus

Rocky Mountain SER Quigg Newton Center

Rabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center at Temple Emanuel

Paddington Station

Monarch Montessori

Christ Lutheran Early Childhood Center

BMH-BJ Congregation Preschool

Family Flex Early Education Center

Active Learning Center

Fisher Early Learning Center

Montessori Casa International

1080 Learning Center

10th Birthday Gift

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DPP celebrated its 10th birthday this year and we wanted to do something special for each of you to commemorate and celebrate the milestone of a decade of supporting Denver’s youngest learners. By now each of your DPP classrooms should have received a customized book, Kids of Denver: What Do You Want to Be?, and a corresponding dress-up trunk full of costumes for your preschoolers to enjoy. Be sure to read the special message from us inside the front cover of the book. Thank you so much for being a Denver Preschool Program partner and for all you do to support Denver’s youngest learners.

Auraria Early Learning Center

This month we would like to spotlight Auraria Early Learning Center as they achieved a Level 4 in Colorado Shines as well as had all four of their DPP classrooms earn a score of at least 6 in Emotional Support, 6 in Classroom Organization and 3 in Instructional Support in their most recent CLASS® rating. Way to go!

At the Auraria Early Learning Center they believe their dedicated and enthusiastic teachers are the foundation of their program and the key to remaining a highly rated school.  They put in place a strong leadership team with many years of experience, who coach, train and mentor their teachers daily to maintain quality and consistency throughout the year.

To prepare for the CLASS® and Colorado Shines ratings they work together as a team and focus on coaching and providing various trainings that are fun and interactive and support each other through the process. They instill a shared ownership in their program and “work together to maintain a positive climate and high quality environment that everyone is invested in.”

Who Are You Talking to?: How to Better Communicate to Parents with Empathy

When writing content directed toward new parent outreach, be it an email, social media post or otherwise, there are specific ways that you can tailor your approach to better appeal to the needs of your audience and potentially compel them to act.

*Think about who you are talking to – When writing, do your best to think from the perspective of the audience in order to find better appeal to them.

*What struggles do they have that you can relate to? These could be things such as concern for expenses, not knowing how to find quality preschool or struggling to find the time to do it.

*Where do they spend their time? By finding public events that they attend you may be able to create a more direct connection with the parents of preschool children. Coordinate efforts with an existing event or organization, e.g. The DPP Preschool Showcase. Get a table, ask for a mailing list, attend and socialize.

*Speak their language – When writing, be sure to utilize an appropriate reading level (5th grade reading level is most universally understood)

*Use dual language versions of your content in neighborhoods where appropriate

*Lead with values that the parents might relate to personally, such as:

*Easy access to public transport

*Available tuition support

*Flexible or extended hours of operation

*Promote things you can own such as your years of experience, curriculum, commitment to a quality learning environment, participation in the quality rating system that exceeds the standard licensing requirements- Think about the public perception of your school and how you can advertise the qualities that make it stand out.

*Why are you reaching out? – Focus on a single reason for any piece of communication and extend your efforts appropriately:

*Include a straightforward call to action – “contact us now” — with email or web address for further action/information

*Use follow-up materials or email to prompt the parent to make an enrollment choice

*Provide timely reminders for registration deadlines to encourage enrollment

In all communications, do your best to write and express while thinking through the lens of a recipient. Appeal to the values that matter to them and keep your message succinct and to the point in order to encourage further discovery on their part.

Upcoming Trainings

The Denver Preschool Program training calendar can be accessed anytime on our website by clicking here. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings.

Please click here for the October – December training catalog, with complete training descriptions, dates and locations.
The following trainings are just a few of the wide-range of trainings available at no cost to you and your staff:

*Beyond Good to Great: Advanced Module 2 – How the Pre-K CLASS® Classroom Organization Domain Supports Maximizing Opportunities for Learning

Dates and time: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

*El Juego de Arquitectura Cerebral

Fechas y Hora: sabado, 2 de diciembre 2017, 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m.

*Incorporating Reflective Practices in the Classroom

Dates and time: Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*Conscious Discipline Skills in Reflective Supervision

Dates and time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*Beyond Good to Great: Advanced Module 3 – Fostering Inquiry by Scaffolding Curiosity

Dates and time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration for all trainings is available online at

Happy DPP Anniversary to YOU!

Congratulations to everyone celebrating their anniversary of joining DPP in the month of November, we appreciate your partnership. If you see your school’s name below, be on the lookout for a special ‘thank you’ arriving soon…we look forward to celebrating another group next month!

10 yearsAugustana Early Learning Center
10 yearsWarren Village Learning Center
10 yearsVolunteers of America Bright Stars Early Childhood Education Center
10 yearsSt. John’s Lutheran Church Preschool
10 yearsFamily Flex
10 yearsWashington Street Community Center
10 yearsThe Rise School of Denver
10 yearsColorado International School
9 yearsEarly Success Academy
9 yearsKing Baptist Child Development Center and Preschool
9 yearsStaenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center Early Learning School
9 yearsChrist Lutheran Early Childhood Center
9 yearsRabbi Steven Foster Early Learning Center at Temple Emanuel
9 yearsChildren’s Haven Child Care
9 yearsCalvary Temple Child Enrichment Center
9 yearsBright Horizons Montessori at Denver Place
8 yearsBright Stars Child Care and Preschool
4 yearsLil Tot’s Child Care Center
2 yearsAcacia Learning Center
2 yearsParker Learning Center