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.
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.
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:
DPP strives to keep the community informed of their progress. For more information about the Denver Preschool Program, please explore our additional reports.
DPP Preschool Workforce Brief: Opportunities to Support the Preschool Workforce and Prevent Burnout
Expanding Family Access to Quality Child Care Brief: DPP’s Scholarship and Preschool for 3’s Programs
DPP Equity Brief: Understanding and Advancing DEI for Preschool Families and Workforce