Denver created The Five By Five Program, formerly known as The Five By Five Project, to put into action its belief that municipalities can and should play a role in supporting the development of young children, and providing opportunities for parents to become actively engaged in their children’s education.
The Five By Five Program provides to Denver Head Start and Early Head Start families, at no cost:
Year-round family access to fifteen of Denver's top cultural venues for nearly 3,000 Denver Head Start and Early Head Start families.
Educational opportunities such as swimming lessons and ballet lessons.
Educational materials for parents to use at home.
Educational materials/lessons for Head Start teachers to use in classrooms.
Head Start teachers and other staff receive a one-time visit to each cultural venue and participate in professional development opportunities.
Outcomes of The Five By Five Program:
Denver’s arts and cultural community are working in collaboration to invest $4 million annually in in-kind support for Denver’s low-income families.
Low-income families are visiting cultural venues with over 45,000 visits each year.
Teachers report that The Five By Five Program is improving students’ vocabulary and verbal skills, building confidence, and enhancing classroom participation.
Parents report that participation has strengthened their families by providing them with opportunities they would not have been able to afford and that it has increased their sense of belonging to, and ownership of, the community.
Denver’s cultural venues have improved outreach to low-income and ethnically diverse families and expanded their reach into the community.