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Denver's Preschool Program

Sally Augden | Published on 1/26/2023

February Briefing
Denver Preschool Program
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m.

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In 2006, LWVDenver endorsed a ballot issue to increase city sales taxes by 0.15% to create the Denver Preschool Program (DPP). It passed by a narrow margin; a reauthorization vote in 2014 passed by a slightly greater margin. League positions have always supported a quality and equitable public school system, pre-K-12. The proposal only seemed to make sense—an investment in quality care and education for Denver four-year-olds. DPP not only provides tuition credits for families, based on a sliding income scale, but also works with preschools to improve and ensure quality programming.

On Tuesday, February 21, Elsa Holguín, president and CEO of Denver Preschool Program, will be the presenter at the LWVDenver briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. She will present an update on the continuing development and success of the program.DenverPreschoolProgram
Ms Holguín grew up in a small town in Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 17. She has a broad background of work as well as initiating local non-profits, primarily focused on children. She has her M.A. in Public Administration from UCDenver and B.S. in finance from Metro State University. She currently serves on the board of Tools of the Mind and on the Preschool Policy Leadership Committee.

Denver residents have passed numbers of sales tax initiatives in the past decades to improve the city. As voters, our job doesn’t end at the ballot box. The Denver League is working to follow up on some of these programs to find out if they are meeting their intended purpose. Members wishing to refresh their memories about the program can go to dpp.orgto learn more. Please encourage families with children in Denver and organizations that work with families to tune in to our Zoom briefing. No registration required.

Sally Augden