The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) will host its seventh annual Preschool Showcase at the Denver Zoo’s Norgren Hall (2300 Steele St) on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Preschool Showcase is a free, one-stop opportunity for Denver parents and caregivers to meet with staff from local preschools to ask questions and gather information that will help them make an informed decision about enrolling their child in a preschool next fall.
Part of the DPP’s ongoing effort to promote greater access to quality early education in Denver, the Preschool Showcase will feature more than 50 preschools, including early childhood education programs from Denver Public Schools; private, community-based schools; and in-home child care programs. Spanish interpreters will also be available.
“By talking with parents and caregivers of young children, especially those exploring preschool for the first time, we identified a need for an event that offers personalized guidance,” said Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of DPP. “Not only does the Preschool Showcase bring together wonderfully supportive resources, but it also shows Denver’s special commitment to helping its youngest citizens prepare for kindergarten.”
“Our vision is for every child in Denver to enter kindergarten ready to reach their full potential, and making tuition credits available to every Denver family with a 4-year-old is a key part of our strategy.”
Jennifer Landrum, DPP
The Preschool Showcase is also an opportunity for families to learn how to sign up for tuition support through DPP. Unlike other early child care assistance programs, any family of a 4-year-old who is enrolled and in their year before kindergarten at a participating preschool—regardless of household income—can participate. Tuition credits are distributed on a sliding scale based on household income, the program’s quality rating and the length of the child’s school day.
“Our vision is for every child in Denver to enter kindergarten ready to reach their full potential, and making tuition credits available to every Denver family with a 4-year-old is a key part of our strategy,” Landrum continued.
Families are encouraged to use DPP’s “Find a Preschool” tool on its website – www.dpp.org — to search for nearby programs. Also available on DPP’s website is a “Tuition Credit Calculator,” which allows parents and caregivers to estimate the monthly tuition credit they may be eligible to receive to lower the cost of preschool.
This is the first year that the Preschool Showcase will take place at the Denver Zoo, a long-time partner of DPP. As a result, participating families will enjoy free admission to the zoo, along with the Showcase’s fun children’s activities, photo ops with Minion characters and free food.
For more information about the 2019 Preschool Showcase, please visit www.dpp.org/news/showcase-2019 or call 303-595-4DPP (4377).
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