November ballot initiative to renew DPP announced

Read more about the announcement here.

Approved by voters in 2006, the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) is a sales tax-funded initiative that generates about $11M annually to fund preschool tuition support for all Denver’s 4-year-olds. Since 2008, approximately 70 percent of Denver’s 4-year-olds have enrolled in DPP each year, making it one of the highest-enrolled programs of its kind anywhere in the country – comparing favorably with such state-level programs as Florida (79 percent) and Oklahoma (74 percent). Families can apply their DPP tuition support at any one of a wide variety of more than 250 preschool options, including school-based, community-based, Montessori, bilingual, faith-based, and family child care homes. All DPP classrooms are rated for quality using the Qualistar Rating™ and the CLASS™ observation tool so that families can choose the best option for their child. DPP’s unique tuition funding model is both means-tested and scaled to quality, meaning that the lowest income family choosing the highest rated classroom receives the highest level of tuition support. Independent evaluation results consistently conclude that over 90 percent of the nearly 6,000 children that participate in DPP each year leave preschool ready for kindergarten – socially, emotionally, and academically.

Clayton Early Learning partners with early care and education programs, such as DPP, to improve services to children and families. Clayton not only serves children with DPP tuition credits in its two schools, but provides coaching to DPP providers and collaborates with Qualistar Colorado™ to conduct CLASS™ observations and create quality improvement plans for DPP participating classrooms.