• A Great Place for Your Child

    Walking through our doors, you’ll know you have entered a special place. Denver Cooperative Preschool’s well equipped, age appropriate classrooms bubble with excitement and fun and are filled with a carefully chosen and thoughtfully arranged collection of open-ended toys, books, puzzles blocks of many shapes and sizes, water and sand tables, dress up clothes and dramatic play equipment.

Thank you for your interest in the Denver Cooperative Preschool. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school has made programmatic changes for the 2020-21 school year to adhere to all CDPHE public safety recommendations and requirements. Our new class structure is not currently reflected on our website. For more information on our new program, enrollment interest, or questions, please reach out to Mary Nelson (Executive Director): mary@dcpplay.org, or to Katie Sullivan (Assistant Director): katie@dcpplay.org. We are currently not on site for summer, but will be checking the voicemail weekly should you prefer to leave a voicemail message. We can be reached by phone at 303-777-7689.

Welcome to Denver Cooperative Preschool

A group of parents founded our preschool in 1960 with the mission to guide young children on the adventure of self-discovery through play. We believe that a child’s early experience is the foundation for adult potential, that parents are the key to a child’s unique development and that play is essential in the learning process of a child.

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Our Programs

Toddler: Confidence and Cooperation

Developing cooperative play in a fun learning environment. Ages 2 to 3 years old.

Young Preschool: Sharing and Social Skills

Social development with peers in an encouraging atmosphere. Ages 3 to 4 years old.

Older Preschool: Social, Emotional, Academic Growth

Kindergarten readiness through self-directed play. Ages 4 to 6 years old.

Our School

We are a non-profit, non-denominational, Quality Rated school and part of the Denver Preschool Program.

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We believe that the natural and important activity called “play” is what enhances development in children.

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When you enroll your child in DCP, you become one of the member families who owns and administers the preschool.

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The enrollment lottery for the 2021-22 school year is now closed.  Waitlist registration for the 2021-22 school year will open February 8, 2021 at  5:00pm. We will fill class openings from waitlists through February 1, 2022.  Please contact Katie Sullivan at katie@dcpplay.orgfor inquiries and information on admissions and enrollment.


As much as we love to give tours to prospective families, at this time we are unable to give tours due to CDPHE rules and regulations.

For questions, please email katie@dcpplay.org or admissions@dcpplay.org
OR – Call our office at 303.777.6867


Learn how to apply for an open spot or participate in our annual Lottery.