Choosing a preschool is a very personal and important decision. We highly encourage families to visit the school, speak with the staff and other families and observe one or all the classes that we offer before applying. Our annual Open House held each January is a wonderful opportunity to visit the school “off-hours.” Tours of the school can also be arranged from September through May during regular school hours by calling our office at 303.777.6867 or by emailing our Assistant Director Katie Sullivan at

There are two ways to apply to our school:

Annual Lottery

January 30 – February 8, 2019
$75 Non-Refundable Fee

Admission and class placement for most students is determined by a Lottery held each year. Placement is for the school year starting the following September. Current students, siblings and alumni are given priority with room for new families in every age category/class.

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February 11, 2018 – March 1, 2019
$50 Non-Refundable Fee

For families who are interested in enrolling after the Lottery closes, Waitlist applications are accepted through March 1 of the current school year. Your Waitlist application will be processed in the order it is received. We do fill from the Waitlist throughout the year.

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Applying through the Lottery or Waitlist does not guarantee class placement. Once you apply, you will remain in our system as a prospective family through the end of the calendar year until you are offered a spot or ask to be removed. This process repeats each year. Once offered a spot, you need to confirm your enrollment to secure it.

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Scholarships and Tuition Assistance

Confidential scholarships are available based on family need. A significant amount of revenue raised through DCP fundraising events is set aside for this type of assistance.

Denver Cooperative Preschool is also part of the Denver Preschool Program, which provides a monthly tuition credit to qualified families who have a child in his or her last year of preschool before being age eligible for kindergarten.

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