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Denver Preschool Program (DPP)
In 2006, the Denver Preschool Program  (DPP) was funded through a 0.12% sales tax approved by voters in Ballot Question 1A; this was increased to 0.15% in 2014 when voters reauthorized and extended the program to 2026. The DPP offers tuition credits to all four-year-old children in the city. In addition to tuition assistance, the DPP also provides grants for professional development for early childhood educators. The program—which resulted from extensive lobbying and collaboration with businesses, parents, and educators in The Preschool Matters campaign and in the government-led Invest In Success initiative—has made a significant investment in early childhood education in Denver. To date, it has provided over $168 million in tuition support and over $25 million in professional development and has benefited more than 68,000 students, covering around 60% of Denver's four-year-olds. Learn More: Denver Preschool Program (DPP) Sources: https://dpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Stats-2016-2022.pdf https://denverearlychildhood.org/for-programs/funding-opportunities/denver-preschool-program/
  • Expansion
    • Public Pre-K
      • Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
    2006 $193 million
    City Dedicated Funding Stream
    Creation of program that offers tuition credits to four-year-olds
    In 2006, the Denver Preschool Program  (DPP) was funded through a 0.12% sales tax approved by voters in Ballot Question 1A; this was increased to 0.15% in 2014 when voters reauthorized and extended the program to 2026. The DPP offers tuition credits to all four-year-old children in the city. In addition to tuition assistance, the DPP also provides grants for professional development for early childhood educators. The program—which resulted from extensive lobbying and collaboration with businesses, parents, and educators in The Preschool Matters campaign and in the government-led Invest In Success initiative—has made a significant investment in early childhood education in Denver. To date, it has provided over $168 million in tuition support and over $25 million in professional development and has benefited more than 68,000 students, covering around 60% of Denver's four-year-olds. Learn More: Denver Preschool Program (DPP) Sources: https://dpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Stats-2016-2022.pdf https://denverearlychildhood.org/for-programs/funding-opportunities/denver-preschool-program/
    Sales and Use Tax for Denver Preschool Program
    First in 2006, and then again in a 2014 reauthorization that extends through 2026, voters approved an allocation of 0.15 percent of sales and use taxes for the Denver Preschool Program (DPP). About 80% of the DPP funds go to families in the form of tuition credits. Learn More/source: Denver Preschool Program
    • Dedicated Funding Streams & Financing
      • Taxes
        • Sales Tax
      2006
      State Dedicated Funding Stream
      80% of funds generated by the 0.15% sales and use tax are allocated to families in the form of tuition credits
      First in 2006, and then again in a 2014 reauthorization that extends through 2026, voters approved an allocation of 0.15 percent of sales and use taxes for the Denver Preschool Program (DPP). About 80% of the DPP funds go to families in the form of tuition credits. Learn More/source: Denver Preschool Program
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      City population

      713,252 Source U.S. Census, 2022

      Persons under 5 years old

      5.70% Source U.S. Census, 2020

      Poverty levels: Children 0-8 below 200% poverty

      31% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

      Median family income among households with children

      $101,200.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

      Unemployment rate

      3.10% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

      Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

      N/A Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

      Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

      31% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

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