Denver Preschool Program: Report on child outcomes: 2012-13 school year
The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) is a taxpayer-funded initiative aimed at increasing access to highquality preschool for Denver's 4-year old children. DPP operates on the premise that preschool plays an important role in the academic and social-emotional development of children and that participating in a high-quality preschool experience, even for only one year, can have a positive impact on a child. The program encourages families to enroll their children in preschool by providing tuition credits to parents to offset the cost of preschool. The size of the tuition credit each family receives is determined by the family's income, the size of the family, and the quality rating of the preschool the child attends. DPP also provides funding for preschools serving children who live in Denver to obtain a DPP quality rating. Participating programs also receive access to professional development opportunities (e.g., training and coaching) and quality improvement grants to assist them in their efforts to improve their quality. Clayton Early Learning Institute collaborates with Augenblick, Palaich and Associates to complete an annual evaluation of DPP. This report details the work completed by Clayton Early Learning Institute, which is focused on questions related to the development of children enrolled in DPP both during their preschool year and beyond. (author abstract)
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