The Denver Preschool Program is proud to welcome David Collins as the new Director of Operations beginning Monday, May 11. As the Director of Operations, David will oversee the program’s financial and operational procedures, manage customer service, enrollment and billing processes, as well as oversee DPP program operations and child outcome evaluation efforts, and DPP’s quality assurance program.
Most recently, David was the Director of the Division of Early Care and Learning within the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In this role he was responsible for the administration of child care licensing for the state. He was also the State Administrator for the Child Care Development Block Grant that funds the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP). Prior to becoming the division director he spent two years as Associate Director of the Division, responsible for implementation of child care rules, legislative matters, acting as the Hague International Adoption Administrator and supervising the 24-hour licensing unit.
David worked in a variety of child care settings in the 1990s, including a drop in child care center, a residential group home for incarcerated youth, and an after school program as an AmeriCorps National Service member.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law, with a focus on administrative law, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law with an emphasis on environmental law. From 2004-2010, David was a practicing attorney, both as a criminal prosecutor and an immigration removal defense attorney.
Please join us in welcoming David to the DPP team!