FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Abigail Kesner, SE2
303.892.9100 x20 (office)
June 29, 2011
DENVER -- Tuesday, James Mejia announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Preschool Program. Mejia took a leave of absence from the Denver Preschool Program in December, 2010, to run a campaign for Denver mayor. Eileen Piper has been Acting CEO in his absence.
“While we are sorry to see James go, we are grateful to him for helping to make the Denver Preschool Program what it is today. We wish him well,” said John Plotkin, Board Chair, Denver Preschool Program. “The program has been in good hands under Eileen’s leadership.”
“Building on the strong foundation James has created, the Denver Preschool Program has continued to help parents pay for preschool and improve the quality of preschool programs in Denver over the past year,” said Piper. “We intend to continue the important work of preparing Denver kids for kindergarten and beyond.”
The Board is already discussing the appropriate next steps for the organization, and Piper will continue in her role as Acting CEO during that time.
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About Denver Preschool Program -- The Denver Preschool Program is the result of a ballot initiative approved by Denver residents in November 2006. The initiative recognizes the importance of quality early childhood educational opportunities for all City and County of Denver children by setting aside one-twelfth of one percent of sales tax revenues for improvement grants for preschool providers and tuition credits that families may use at the preschool of their choice. It is open and voluntary for all Denver children in the last year of preschool before kindergarten and includes all licensed preschool providers who agree to participate in its quality improvement system. For additional information on the program or to learn how to get involved, visit www.dpp.org.