Denver Preschool Program Graduates Show Long-Term Gains

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: August 9, 2013

Graduates of the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) outperform peers on third-grade reading scores, according to the first long-term study since the program began. Our statewide assessments, the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) scores show that 64 percent of third-graders who participated in the program were reading at or above grade level, compared to 58 percent of students who hadn’t attended.

In 2006, Denver voters approved a small sales tax increase to support Denver Preschool Program tuition credits to help Denver families pay for 4-year-olds to attend high-quality preschools. Annual evaluations of students leaving the program have shown that more than 90 percent of graduates are ready for kindergarten both academically and social-emotionally. Today we can see how much the investment is paying off in the long term because these initial academic gains from preschool are persisting over time.

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