Back-To-School With The Denver Preschool Program
Back-to-School season is here! Are you a mom, dad, guardian, caregiver or grandparent residing within the City and County of Denver with a preschooler? If you are, you have to take the time to learn about The Denver Preschool Program…keep reading!!
This post is sponsored by The Denver Preschool Program.
Preschool Is Valuable!
I remember when Jude and Teagan were ready for preschool, it was an exciting time but also expensive. I knew it was super important to have my kids in Preschool in order to get them Kindergarten ready but also, it took a toll on living expenses. As you prepare for Preschool for your children make sure you take the time to learn about The Denver Preschool Program.
The Denver Preschool Program Helps ALL Families Living in the City and County of Denver Find and Pay for Preschool
Selecting a preschool for your little learner is an opportunity to begin their formal academic journey and lay a foundation for a lifetime of success. For 15 years, the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) has helped families in the City and County of Denver access and afford high-quality early learning opportunities.
In collaboration with 260 preschools, DPP offers tuition support to ALL Denver families—regardless of income and immigration status—who have a 4-year-old enrolled in a participating school in their year before kindergarten. In some cases, families may even receive up to 100% coverage on tuition costs. That means free preschool for up to one year!
Why Denver Preschool Program?
In 2021, the Denver Preschool Program launched “Preschools for 3s” to increase earlier access to, and enrollment in, high-quality early childhood education programs while reducing costs for Denver families with lower incomes.
In addition to our longstanding model, which provides tuition credits to all Denver families with a 4-year-old regardless of income, the Preschool for 3s pilot program prioritizes families based on financial need. The goal is to serve as many families with the greatest need as possible. Then, if funding allows, we will expand to include all families.
Learn More about The Denver Preschool Program
- In 2022, the typical monthly savings for Denver families with a child in preschool is $849.
- Denver Preschool Program (DPP) began in 2006, when a voter-approved city sales tax created DPP to make high-quality early childhood education opportunities accessible to all families.
- Since 2006, $150,000 million in tuition credits was granted to approximately 65,000 students.
- High-quality early childhood education plays a critical role in early development, kindergarten readiness and provides a jumpstart on a child’s education and long-term success. But as valuable as quality preschool is, it can represent a significant cost for most Denver families.
- DPP is not a preschool nor is it a part of Denver Public Schools (DPS). It’s a completely separate resource, and the vast majority of its budget goes to tuition credits for families and quality improvement resources for Denver preschool providers.
- DPP’s mission is to ensure every Denver child can experience the power of preschool.
- Children who attend an early childhood education program are more prepared for kindergarten, leading to stronger early language, literacy and math skills, and a higher likelihood of graduating high school, attending college, and succeeding in their careers.
- DPP is a national model that serves nearly 5,000 children per year since its inception.
Do You Qualify?
- DPP offers tuition credit to families who meet the following criteria:
- Your family must live within the City and County of Denver
- Your child must be 4 years old on or before Oct. 1 of the current school year
- Your child must be enrolled at a participating DPP preschool. Parents can find a list of those schools on our website.
- DPP tuition credits only apply to preschool programs outside of Denver Public Schools. Denver families who enroll their 4-year-old in a DPS preschool program must sign up for tuition support through the SchoolChoice application. That link is also available on our website.
~ Some families receive up to 100% of tuition costs ~
Want to explore your preschool options and learn how much money your family can save? Check out DPP’s Find A Preschool and Tuition Calculator tools. For questions, call DPP at 303.595.4733 or send an email to the DPP Preschool Navigator at enroll@DPP.org.