DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Preschool Program announced it is launching a new pilot program called Preschool for 3s. Officials say the program expansion will help families with 3 -and 4-year-old children.
The Denver Preschool Program is extending $5 million in tuition credits to families who enroll for programs this fall. They start in September and run through 2023.READ MORE: Denver Police Officer Shot Saturday Night, Suspect On The Loose
DPP says the new initiative is part of a nationwide call for free pre-K education.READ MORE: $30,000 Reward Now Offered In 1970 Murder Of Marilee Burt
Officials say, for the first time in the nonprofit’s history, they will subsidize the cost of early education for children younger than 4 years old.
They say the goals of the pilot program are:MORE NEWS: Colorado Air Force Reserve Takes To The Skies For Wildfire Training
- Increase awareness and acceptance of financial resources available to Denver families interested in early childhood education but for whom cost may be an enrollment barrier
- Create more opportunities for preschool-aged children to prepare for kindergarten
- Support a greater number of families with 3-year-olds experiencing challenges accessing or maintaining child care due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Expand DPP’s resources in support of early childhood education providers and advancing the early childhood workforce
- Support programmatic shifts and expansions in preparation for Colorado’s adoption of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) in 2023
Families will benefit from about $2.5 million in tuition credits for each year of the pilot. Starting May 5, they can find more information about eligibility and applications online. The can also call DPP at 303-595-4377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.