About Preschool

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Early Education Department is to create an integrated and comprehensive system of diverse, high quality early childhood education and care services. This system of services will enhance the development of young children so they succeed throughout their academic career; support families in their role as nurturers and first teachers; and meet the needs and financial abilities of Denver’s working parents.

 

Goals

The Early Childhood Education Program goals include:

  • providing a broad range of developmentally appropriate educational experiences for preschool children that support emergent literacy skills and future school success
  • actively involving parents in the education of their children both at home and at school
  • supporting children’s emerging sense of self in an environment that promotes the development of confidence and competence and fosters skills for healthy social interactions.

 

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is a critical component of Early Childhood Education. A child can get the most from her educational experience when teachers and parents work together to support the child as a team. Parents are encouraged to be active partners in the Early Childhood Education experience. Please see our tips for parents . Denver Public Schools provides a variety of parent involvement opportunities to meet the needs of families and to offer parents a broad spectrum of experiences in the educational environment. The program is designed to include:

  • Parent meetings
  • Telephone contacts
  • Parent volunteer experiences
  • Classroom visitation opportunities
  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Parent visits

Parent meetings are an important way to bring parents into their child’s education: families and teachers come together to stimulate parental interactions and discuss parents’ roles in their child’s education. These sessions are designed to help parents:

  • stimulate their child’s cognitive development
  • provide a rich, emergent literacy environment
  • support their child’s school success
  • become a partner in school efforts
  • expand parent options for personal worth and success
  • focus on education concerns identified by the parents
  • promote oral language development