How do we know our work makes a difference?
To prove that high quality preschool programs pay off, we look at how well children are prepared for kindergarten, as well as how they perform in third grade.
Our evaluation team includes:
- Butler Institute for Families – University of Denver
- National Opinion Research Center (NORC) – University of Chicago
- Clayton Early Learning Institute
- Denver Public Schools
Kindergarten Readiness Report
Are children who attend preschool better prepared for kindergarten?
Using a combination of standardized tests and classroom observations, the Denver Preschool Program works with Clayton Early Learning to evaluate how children progress in in vocabulary, literacy, math, social-emotional development and executive function during their preschool year.
Our results show that more DPP children than expected scored “ready for school” compared to their national peers in the spring before their kindergarten year regardless of their native language, or economic background.
- 2016-2017 Evaluation: child outcomes, brief
- 2015-2016 Evaluation: child outcomes
- 2014-2015 Evaluation: child outcomes
- 2013-2014 Evaluation: child outcomes
- 2012-2013 Evaluation: child outcomes
- 2011-2012 Evaluation: Summary, child outcomes
- 2010-2011 Evaluation: Summary, child outcomes
- 2009-2010 Evaluation: Summary, child outcomes
Third Grade Longitudinal Analysis
How long do the benefits of preschool last?
According to numerous studies and research on the benefits of preschool, children who have mastered basic skills in reading, writing and math by the end of the third grade are more likely succeed in school and beyond. As a result, DPP invests an annual long-term analysis conducted by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates that compares how former DPP students performed on Colorado’s third grade standardized achievement tests to those who did not have DPP experience.
- 2014-2015 PARCC: Brief
- 2014 TCAP Results: Brief, 4th grade results and full analysis
- 2013 TCAP Results: Brief and full analysis
The Denver Preschool Program proactively seeks feedback from participating preschools and parents to help enhance internal operations and how we serve the public. The following links provide a more in-depth view of our findings:
- 2016-2017 Operations Evaluation
- 2014-2015 Operations Evaluation
- 2013-2014 Operations Evaluation
- 2012-2013 Operations Evaluation
- 2011-2012 Operations Evaluation
- 2010-2011 Operations Evaluation
- 2009-2010 Operations Evaluation
DPP strives to keep the community informed of their progress. For more information about the Denver Preschool Program, please explore our additional reports.