Rise & Shine: Denver charter school opens with focus on wellness, and sobriety

Good morning.

Did you hear that the Denver Preschool Program is expanding? The program will start using a small portion of its money to improve three-year-old preschool classrooms. The push to reach more children earlier is seen in other districts across the state and country, too, Ann Schimke reports below.

In other news in today's roundup, some reports you might have missed about the start of the school year in Pueblo where most schools are now on a four-day school week, a story about 5280 High School, and a story about a mobile educational experience that made some stops in Jeffco recently.

— Yesenia Robles, reporter

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STARTING EARLIER The Denver Preschool Program will put a share of their funding into improving preschool classrooms for 3-year-olds. The push to reach younger children can be seen around the state and nation. Chalkbeat

HANDS ON The new 5280 High School uses projects to teach. There’s also a constant focus on health, and for those in recovery from substance use problems, sobriety. Colorado Public Radio

FULL WEEK Only a handful of local Pueblo schools, mostly private or charter, still have a five-day school week, and officials of at least one school are attributing an enrollment increase to that schedule. Pueblo Chieftain

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Pueblo County is trying to help fill Fridays for students in Pueblo schools that have gone to four-day school weeks. Pueblo Chieftain

MORE HOMES The Colorado Springs school district is considering an offer from a home developer to buy a piece of land that the district no longer needs for schools as student enrollment has dropped. Gazette

TECHNOLOGY A mobile classroom that offers virtual reality education made stops at Arvada West High School and Golden. CBS4

ADVERTISING Some parents in Cherry Creek are celebrating a district decision to cut ties with a vendor that they say was allowing adult content on their children’s computers. 9News