Decades of researchshow that preschool promotes school success, leads to better jobs and even prevents crime. While the benefits appear to be greatest for children at-risk for school failure, preschool benefits all children regardless of their economic status.
What preschools participate in DPP?
DPP partners with more than 250 licensed, quality-rated preschool providers to improve the quality of early childhood education programs in Denver including child care homes, community-based centers, and Denver Public Schools locations.
Can I enroll my child in a preschool through DPP?
No. DPP is not a preschool program. Use our Find a Denver Preschoolsearch tool to explore your options and contact the school directly to enroll.
What does a quality rating mean?
The Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) creates a path to quality improvement for providers. Licensed child care and early education providers are assessed in five areas, then given a composite score from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best. This score creates a foundation from which early childhood care and education providers can improve the quality of the services to better serve children and their families.
How does DPP improve preschool quality?
DPP provides financial support to its more than 250 licensed preschool partners to offset the cost of programming and obtaining state-approved quality ratings. Additionally, DPP offers early childhood educators access to professional development opportunities to help strengthen teacher-child interactions, which DPP believes play an important role in the academic and social-emotional development of children. Since 2007, DPP has invested nearly $22 million in quality ratings and quality improvements in Denver preschools.
How do I choose a preschool for my child?
DPP has created a 5 step guide to assist parents and guardians in selecting the best preschool for their child. Read about how to choose a preschool.