Denver Preschool Program

The Numbers Show – Tomorrow Starts Now

When It Comes To Quality Education, Sooner Is Better

High quality preschool is a critical first step on the path to long-term success. It prepares the community’s smallest members to enter school ready to learn and to carry that success well beyond. Decades of research have shown this to be true and our research shows that it is happening in Denver. Denver kids who attend high quality preschools enter kindergarten ready to succeed and they continue to perform well throughout school. That’s why our work is so important. The Denver Preschool Program makes possible the vision of a brighter tomorrow by ensuring that every one of Denver’s 4-year olds gets a solid start today. 

The Facts Don't Lie

The Denver Preschool Program invests in an in-depth annual student and program evaluation to show, in real and measurable terms, how this program benefits Denver children. The data is clear:

Denver Preschool Program students enter kindergarten ready to learn
A sample of 200 DPP students were tested in the fall and spring of the 2013/2014 preschool year to assess their progress – those who scored above average – 89% vocabulary, 98% literacy, and 99% math (Clayton Early Learning Institute, DPP: Report on Child Outcomes 2012-13 School Year)

Denver Preschool Program students’ success continues throughout school
The average scores of DPP students now in 3rd grade that took the TCAP Reading test in 2014 went up while the average scores for all 3rd grade students in Denver went down (APA, TCAP 3rd Grade Test score analysis)

Click here to view all of our evaluation data.

“A robust body of evidence and research shows that high-quality early learning programs help children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. The best way to close the achievement gap is to start young—by closing the opportunity gap. I want, once and for all, to get schools out of the catch-up business.”

- Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education

“The logic is quite clear from an economic standpoint. We can invest early to close disparities and prevent achievement gaps, or we can pay to remediate disparities when they are harder and more expensive to close. Either way we are going to pay.”

- James J. Heckman, Economist, Nobel Laureate & Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago