Denver Preschool program hosts fifth annual Preschool Showcase

DENVER — The Denver Preschool Program will host its fifth annual Preschool Showcase in January 2017 to help all Denver families with a 4-year-old access and afford a quality-rated preschool program. The free event will include Spanish translators on-site and take place on the following two dates at three locations:

  1. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St., Denver, CO 80207
  1. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., J. Churchill Owen Boys & Girls Club, 3480 W. Kentucky Ave., Denver, CO 80219
  1. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Quigg Newton Community Center, 4440 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211

The Preschool Showcase is an opportunity for families to learn more about the variety of preschool options and resources available in Denver, including meeting with representatives from the more than 250 participating preschools. Furthermore, families can receive information on how to sign up for tuition support available through the Denver Preschool Program.

The event will also feature free food and refreshments, family-friendly activities and entertainment from partners like the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, free dental screenings, story time readings with the Denver Public Library, demonstrations on how to use the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Find a Preschool” tool, and photo opportunities with PBS Characters like Clifford and Curious George.

“It’s never too early to start thinking about preschool,” said Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program. “A high-quality program is the foundation for a child’s future academic, emotional and social success. As a result, classrooms fill up quickly. Thus, we strongly encourage parents to plan ahead and explore their options now.”

For families who are unable to attend this year’s showcase, the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Find a Preschool” tool will allow them to search for a program at any time by location and quality rating.

Once enrolled in the chosen school, families who live in the City and County of Denver with a 4-year-old can sign up for tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program. Tuition credits are awarded on a sliding scale, which takes into account a family’s income, household size and the quality rating of the chosen program.

For more information about the Showcase, please visit or call 303-595-4377.

About Denver Preschool Program

The Denver Preschool Program makes quality preschool possible for all Denver families with 4-year-old children through a dedicated sales tax first approved by voters in 2006 and renewed and extended in 2014. DPP has provided more than $ 79 million in tuition support to help more than 41,000 Denver children attend the preschool of their families’ choice, establishing each child’s foundation for lifelong learning and success.


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Recycle your Christmas Tree with Denver’s Treecycle program

Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management’s annual Treecycle program. By recycling your tree through Denver’s Treecycle program, you can help keep trees out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create mulch that is available to Denver residents for free at the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway & Leafdrop Compost Sale in the spring.

Here’s how easy it is to recycle your Christmas tree:

  1. Remove all decorations, lights and tree stands. Only natural (real) trees are collected for recycling during Treecycle. No artificial or flocked trees are accepted.
  2. Set your tree out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 7th or January 14th
  3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May!


  • All Christmas trees must be set out at your regular trash collection location by 7 a.m. on Saturday, January 7th or January 14th. Trees may be collected on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Do NOT place trees inside bags, carts or dumpsters.
  • Be sure to set trees at least 2 feet away from trash or recycling containers carts, and all other obstacles.
  • Trees will not be collected by Extra Trash crews during the first two weeks of January.
  • After January 15th, trees can be dropped off for recycling at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off.

Last year, Denver residents recycled nearly 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help us recycle even more!

For more information about Treecycle, the Annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and LeafDrop Compost Sale or other Denver Recycles programs, visit call 311 (720-913-1311).

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CCD Math Pathways Program removes math barriers

AURARIA — “Across the United States, the number one course that keeps students from finishing either an associates degree or a bachelors degree is college algebra,” says Heidi Loshbaugh, Dean for the Center of Math and Science, Community College of Denver (CCD).

Her statement is backed up by research done by Complete College America, which is funded in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and also by the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. These organizations have for several years looked at how college students have been impeded within math programs.

“Math should not serve as a barrier; math should serve as a tool,” Loshbaugh said. “Folks who go into STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) probably will frequently need college algebra, although that’s not true for everyone. It is true for some healthcare fields and it is for engineering fields, but for many other areas, algebra is not a course that individuals really need.”

Loshbaugh said that rather than have algebra be the course that keeps people from finishing either a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree, “we need to move toward finding the math that students need. It matters less to me that people use particular tools or particular types of technology, and what matters more is they can use that tool, whatever it is, to do meaningful work.”

The CCD Math Pathways program seeks to align students with math courses relevant to their degree. While college algebra is still essential for students studying particular fields, it might not best serve students aiming for a degree in the liberal arts.

Loshbaugh explained that, for example, a student who is on a humanities track would benefit more from math for liberal arts than she might from college algebra. “A student in the humanities program would take a small unit on finance, to understand calculating interest rates on a mortgage.”

Because the ability to understand and use data is becoming more and more important, a student in a liberal arts program could take an essential unit on statistics. “If you were looking at polling data to understand what’s going on in the election,” Loshbaugh said, “you would be able to read graphs, tables or charts to make informed decisions on poll data you’re reading.

“A student going into the social sciences—anthropology, sociology or psychology, for example—or into some healthcare field would take Introduction to Statistics. Statistics is a course that students need as we move more and more into data-driven decision-making.”

A more traditional path for students going into engineering, computer science or nursing would be college algebra. “That is aligned with statewide curriculum on the math course that a degree path would require,” said Loshbaugh.

Complete College America’s website states that college algebra has one purpose: calculus. “Therefore, placement in algebra should not be the required mathematics for all, when statistics or quantitative literacy would be more appropriate for many programs of study.”

“Part of the math learning issue,” Loshbaugh said, “seems to stem from the fact that we have looked at college algebra as sort of the end all-be all for college students. We need to think very carefully about what the upstream courses look like and what those upstream courses need. If college algebra is not a skillset that is required, then we need to remove that as a necessary course for the student.”

Loshbaugh reflected on why people in the United States don’t necessarily gravitate toward math. “There are a lot of different reasons. The relevance of math is not always made completely clear, and students don’t always understand why the math they’re learning matters to them. I would be hesitant to say that lots of people are afraid, but there is certainly some math phobia.

“At CCD we’re trying very hard to move students from math phobia to math capacity. It is important for students to have the right math class and not just one that a lot of their math faculty had taken.”

She said that another piece is around the quality of instruction. Her Center has just received grant funding to investigate that topic. “We’re doing lots of work around professional development to make sure that our faculty not only can do the math but that they are highly qualified instructors.”

How does CCD’s Math Pathways program relate to high school students? Loshbaugh explained that if one is graduating from high school, the core competencies coming out of high school in Colorado still require high school level Algebra 2 as typically taken at the junior level in high school. That is required for graduation from a Colorado high school.

Loshbaugh said, “If a student does not demonstrate either through prior learning or through a placement test that she or he is college-ready, then they will take a co-requisite support lab to help get the additional math skills they need to be successful in that college-level class.

“CCD is not trying something that is untested. There are a number of states that are implementing models that are very much like this, to help accelerate students in their capacity to complete a degree. There is a good bit of data around it.” She added that Complete College America and the Dana Center argue for fundamental, transformative change in the United States.

In Colorado, the Math Pathways task force works through the Department of Higher Education, which receives technical assistance from the Dana Center. A primary concern of the task force is that “high school students are often advised into college algebra by default even though it may not be appropriate math preparation for the degree program the student will eventually choose.”

“We’re finding more and more that the skills being taught in college algebra are not skills that students in many disciplines need,” said Loshbaugh. “We at CCD would like to see the rest of Colorado follow suit. We think it is the right thing to do.

“Within a college-educated person, there really shouldn’t be any specific course that is a barrier. If the student is willing to learn the content as a tool, our goal is to send well-educated people out into the world to live their lives in the world, not to keep them artificially somehow from being able to graduate.”

Visit the following websites for more information.
Community College of Denver:
Colorado Department of Higher Education:
Complete College America:
and the Dana Center:

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Denver’s LeafDrop Program Begins Today!

DENVER ­— Fall is here, so now is the time to rake those leaves and compost them through Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop Program starting today! Weekday drop-off sites are open through Friday, December 2. Leaves collected during the program will be composted and made available for Denver residents to purchase in May. 

Weekday Drop-Off Sites Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm

• Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)

• Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.)

All leaves must be in secured bags and dropped-off during hours of operation, otherwise it is considered illegal dumping.

Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead – they can also be composted! Beginning Wednesday, October 12, Denver residents can print a coupon for a free 5-pack of paper leaf bags at The coupon can be redeemed at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores.

Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:

• Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.

• Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for composting at drop sites.

• Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.

• Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers. 

LeafDrop is sponsored by Denver Recycles, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information, go to

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Stunningly, DPS tutoring program shows individual attention can improve

Stunningly, DPS tutoring program shows individual attention can improve
Denver Public Schools students enrolled in Denver Math Fellows tutoring during the school day are showing significant improvements in proficiency scores, according to recently released state assessment data. This targeted instructional time is provided …
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