Denver Cooperative Preschool (DCP) offers morning and afternoon programs for children ages 12 months through 5 years. Each class has three paid staff members, consisting of co-teachers, in addition to a parent helper. Our school is licensed through the State of Colorado, Quality Rated and part of the Denver Preschool Program. Classes are held September through May, following the Denver Public Schools’ calendar. Additional summer camp opportunities are also offered for children who are at least three years old.

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

Two/Threes: Developing cooperative play in a fun learning environment. Ages 2 to 3 years old.

Three/Fours: Social development with peers in an encouraging atmosphere. Ages 3 to 4 years old.

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

Free Form Friday: Enrichment topics that go beyond the Pre-K curriculum.

Lunch Bunch: Lunch program between the morning and afternoon classes for children three and older.

Class Activities

 Open Play

Children choose from a wide variety of activities set up for them in the classroom, ranging from puzzles, play dough and crafts to sensory tables, building materials and toys.

 Dramatic Play

Props and costumes are readily available for role-playing and dress-up to help children apply meaning to their world and build social skills with peers.


Open-ended art materials are made available to children during every class. The emphasis is on the process and not the end product, as children delight in their own creations.


While music, singing and movement are part of  the daily class experience, a specialized music teacher provides weekly musical enrichment for the two year old through Pre-K classes.

 Outdoor Play

Two age-appropriate playgrounds offer children a safe and exciting place to run, tumble, skip, swing, jump, climb, hop, laugh with delight, holler with enthusiasm and explore our outside world.