• 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.

Learn More About Our Preschool

The lottery for the 2020-21 school year is now closed. If you would like to enroll at DCP you may join the 2020-21 wait list.

Our Programs

Parent-Tot: Socialization and Independence

Children attend with a parent and are gently introduced to separation for part of the class. Ages 12 to 23 months.

Two/Threes: Confidence and Cooperation

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

Three/Fours: Sharing and Social Skills

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

Pre-K: Social, Emotional, Academic Growth

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

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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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We are so excited that you are thinking about coming to visit our school! Before you schedule a tour – we ask that you take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website and take a look at all of the great programs we offer, our daily schedules, tuition rates, and age groups that we serve. As opposed to handing out information packets on tours, or sending out printed information in the mail – we have worked hard to save a few trees, and make sure that most of the FAQs and information about our school is right here on our awesome website instead!

We love to have prospective students and their families visit our school and learn more about our community! To sign up for a tour click here.

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

We schedule tours on Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Fridays at 9:00am – and yes!… your children are more than welcome to join you 🙂


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