DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Preschool Program, which helps nearly 70 percent of Denver’s 4-year-olds attend preschool, hosted a preschool showcase on Saturday.
The event was held at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria Campus. Dan Schaller, Director of Operations and Outreach for the Denver Preschool Program, stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about the program.
In 2006 voters in Denver approved a small sales tax which helps all Denver families send their 4-year-old children to a quality preschool of their choice.
“Decades of research show that high-quality preschools are a critical first step in preparing your children for success in not only kindergarten, but in work and future life,” Schaller said.
More than $40 million has helped 25,000 Denver families send their children to preschool.
“The results have been astounding. The vast majority of children who go through our program end up leaving a preschool ready for kindergarten,” Schaller said.
All Denver families with a child in their last year of preschool, regardless of income, are eligible to receive tuition support from the program.
“Families can take that money and apply it to one of over 250 preschools across the city.”
To sign up, visit dpp.org and download an application.