September Provider Newsletter

The wait is over: DPP announces the topic for the 2018-2019 Forum

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Language and Literacy Development for both monolingual and dual-language learners, presented by Dr. Cristina Gillanders will be the topic for this year’s Forum. 

The four-part series will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

-November 3, 2018 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

-December 1, 2018 at History Colorado

-February 16, 2019 at TBD

-April 6, 2019 at TBD

Dr. Gillanders is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado Denver, and we’re delighted to share that attendees who want to extend their learning beyond the trainings will have the opportunity to receive coaching and/or college credit by completing assignments related to the Forum throughout the year. Stay tuned for an email from Chris Miller with more information on how to sign up!

Check out our 2017 Annual Report to learn what we’ve been up to!

Deepening Denver's investment

We are pleased to share with you our 2017 Annual Report. In the latest report, we celebrate our most recent accomplishments towards making preschool possible for every child in Denver. During the 2016-2017 school year, DPP distributed $14 million in tuition credits to 4,709 preschool students and nearly $1.9 million in quality improvement investments to 251 preschools; strengthened our tuition credit scale and increased it for the 2018-2019 school year by 10.7 percent; and welcomed our 50,000th student since DPP’s inception. Access the full report here, and stay tuned for the digital version!

DPP awards 25 new T.E.A.C.H.® scholarships 

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Thank you to all directors and teachers who applied for the fall 2018 DPP T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship. We were inspired by the deep commitment to early childhood education expressed by the applicants in their personal statements and we awarded 25 new scholarships as follows:

-11 lead teachers; eight assistant teachers; six directors/assistant directors

-Two working at schools in far northeast Denver; 12 working in near northeast Denver; five in northwest Denver; one in southeast Denver; and five in southwest Denver

-Six associates degree scholarships; five bachelor’s degree scholarships; 14 Pathway to Credential scholarships

Fall 2018 training catalog available

The training catalog for September –December, 2018, has been issued and can be downloaded in its entirety via our website, or you can view the trainings month-by-month on our online training calendar. We hope you will take advantage of these offerings.

The following trainings are just a few of the wide range of trainings available at no cost to you and your staff:

Professional Learning Communities (various dates and times)


-Family Child Care Providers

-Critical Thinking in Young Children

-Positive Supports for Challenging Behaviors

Recruitment and Retention: Hiring and Interviewing Strategies / Setting New Staff Up for Success through Onboarding, Orientation and Professional Development

Date and time: Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Good to Great CLASS® Module 1: Emotional Support:

Date and time: Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Good to Great CLASS® Overview: Effective Teaching Practices for the 21st Century:

Date and time: Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Good to Great CLASS® Module 2: Classroom Organization:

Date and time: Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Organizational and Daily Operation Strategies for Directors:

Date and time: Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Good to Great CLASS® Module 3: Instructional Support:

Date and time: Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration for all trainings is available online at