November Provider Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

The DPP team – Elsa, Ellen, Chris, Marina, Tricia and Michelle– would like send our well wishes for a wonderful holiday season. Your continued support is what makes all of DPP’s accomplishments possible – thank you for your partnership, your passion and all of your hard work on behalf of Denver’s youngest learners.

Join Us at the Denver Zoo for the 8th Annual Preschool Showcase!

The Showcase is DPP’s annual event that provides families with young children a fun, free and convenient way to explore the preschool options available to them through the Denver Preschool Program. This is a great opportunity for you to talk with families one-on-one and share information about your school to help families make an informed decision when enrolling their preschooler or future preschooler! 

Register now to join us at the upcoming Preschool Showcase!

The Preschool Showcase will be on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Denver Zoo – 2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205.    

  • Expose your preschool to hundreds of prospective families attending to begin their preschool search, helping to inform parents of their preschool options
  • Take advantage of free marketing – all DPP preschools get their own booth 
  • Enjoy FREE food, refreshments and entry to the Zoo 
  • Get the opportunity to meet, network and share ideas with other early childhood programs
  • Gain access to exciting giveaways and one Grand Prize
  • Your school will receive $150 for participating in the Showcase to help pay for your staff’s time and supplies

Please RSVP here to sign up – space is limited so please sign up by 11/27.

*DPS schools will be represented at the Showcase by the Choice and Enrollment Team

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Registration Open

Early bird registration is open for the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, to be held on March 13-14, 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center. Click here for instructions on how to utilize your program’s DPP QI funds to register.

One Book Colorado

It’s that time again! The state-wide book giveaway One Book Colorado, is back for its ninth year and we are proud to continue our partnership with the Lt. Governor’s Office, Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, Denver7 and Mile High United Way.

Voting to choose the upcoming OBCO book is taking place November 1 through November 22.  We encourage you to have your preschoolers vote on their favorite at www.OneBookColorado.org. You can share the link out with your families, or watch the videos as a class and vote together — DPP’s own president and CEO, Elsa Holguín, is one of the readers this year! The winning book will be announced on April 13, 2020, the kickoff to the Week of the Young Child.

As we’ve done in years past, each of your preschoolers will receive their own copy of the winning book! They will be given out to every child who is in a DPP classroom (whether or not they are enrolled in DPP)*. Be on the lookout for an email with information on how to order your books.

*Books for DPS schools will be ordered by the central office.

Denver County Providers earned over $56 thousand simply for enrolling DPP students

Thank you to every Denver County DPP provider* who helped us enroll DPP students on or before October 1. The numbers are in, and we enrolled 42 more students than we did last year, which is equivalent to enrolling three more classrooms!

This year, providers received $40 for every child approved for DPP by October 1 and in total, DPP gave $56,640 to 136 providers. Most providers said they used their incentive funds for Staff Appreciation.

Again, our sincerest thanks in helping us enroll all eligible children so that they can get the benefits of a full year of high-quality preschool.

*Please note enrollment incentives are only available to Denver County DPP programs.

Closure of RAFT Colorado

We are sad to share the news that RAFT Colorado will be closing its doors on December 14. After being a resource to over 20,000 Colorado educators throughout the time they were open, they have announced their closure due to their business model being no longer financially sustainable. We enjoyed our partnership with RAFT throughout the years and thank them for their commitment to schools and teachers.

DPP Quality Improvement Funding Request Deadline Approaching    

DPP has moved the first deadline for requesting at least half of your QI funding for this school year to Wednesday, December 11.* Our goal is to encourage early use of these funds. Please work with your coach and QI Navigator to submit your request(s) through ecConnect soon.

*Please note these are only available to Denver County DPP programs

Minimum Wage Increase

On September 19, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech put forth a plan that would raise the minimum wage for all Denver workers to $12.85 on Jan. 1, 2020, and then to $14.77 on January 1, 2021.

A family of four needs to be earning somewhere between $27-$30/hr. to be able to cover the basic expenses of living in Denver. The state minimum wage is currently $11.10/hr., and is scheduled to increase to $12/hr. on Jan. 1, 2020.

At the end of the state legislature’s recent session, a bill was passed allowing cities to establish a minimum wage that is different from the state’s.

The bill requires that minimum wage increases be done on the same day as state minimum wage increases take place – January 1. This requirement means that cities have  to either accelerate their discussion and implementation schedule to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline, or wait another full year before raising pay.

If you have any questions about this increase or how it may affect you or your school, please reach out to Dora Espinoza at Dora@denverearlychildhood.org or (720) 274-8430 x118.

2020 Colorado Legislation to Support the Early Childhood Workforce

As the Denver Preschool Program continuously follows state and local policy to better understand the impact to the early childhood community, we have been made aware of an upcoming bill that may be of interest to you. Colorado’s Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission drafted a bill that is scheduled to be introduced in the upcoming 2020 legislative session to support the early childhood workforce. The draft bill addresses:

  • Increases the number of Early Childhood Teacher qualified professionals
  • Funding for a scholarship program
  • Directives to align licensing and workforce qualifications requirements
  • Expand concurrent enrollment initiatives
  • Create an early childhood apprenticeship program

To review the draft bill language and provide any comments to strengthen the bill, please go here: