Our Results

Our Results

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
  • Denver Public Schools

Kindergarten Readiness Report

Are children who attend preschool better prepared for kindergarten?

Conducting assessments on a representative subset of DPP children near the start and end of their preschool year, we work with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) to evaluate how children progress in vocabulary, literacy, math, social-emotional development and executive function.

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.

Child Outcomes Reports: 2009/20102010/20112011/20122012/20132013/20142014/20152015/20162016/20172017/20182018/20192019/20202020/2021

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.

Longitudinal Analysis Reports: 2012/20132013/20142014/20152015/20162016/20172017/20182018/2019 2019/20202020/2021

Always Improving

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: 

Operations Evaluations: 2009/20102010/20112011/20122012/20132013/20142014/20152015/20162016/20172017/20182018/20192019/20202020/2021

More Resources

DPP strives to keep the community informed of their progress. For more information about the Denver Preschool Program, please explore our additional reports.

DPP Data One-Pager

Fact Sheets: 2009/20102010/20112011/20122013/20142014/20152015/20162016/20172017/20182018/20192020/2021

Annual Reports: 200920102011201220132014201520162017 201820192020

Financial Audits: 200920102011201220132014 – 2015 – 201620172018201920202021

Board of Directors Minutes: 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 – 201920202021Jan 2022Feb 2022Mar 2022