FAQs

Click on any of the topics below to see more information related to our most frequently asked questions.

 General

  1. How can I find out more about DCP?
    • Please explore this site first to learn about our philosophy, available classes and tuition.
    • You are welcome to contact our office at 303-777-6867 or email our Interim Director, Mary Nelson at mary@dcpplay.org.
    • We welcome visitors and encourage them to come and observe our classrooms during regular school hours. Please call 303-777-6867 or email mary@dcpplay.org to schedule a tour.
    • Come to our Open House in January!
    • Click here to be added to our Prospective Families Email List. You will receive email communications with dates and times for the annual open house, Lottery process and enrollment information for the next school year.
  2. What is the Open House? Get to know what Denver Cooperative Preschool is all about! DCP opens its doors to prospective families at the annual open house, held each January. This is a great opportunity for you to take a tour of the school, wander through the classrooms, view artwork and class projects and visit with teachers. Get more information on the cooperative structure of the school, parent involvement and our play-based philosophy.
  3. How do I apply for enrollment at DCP? Most children are placed in classes through a lottery system. A lottery application for the next school year must be completed for each student (including twins) in order to participate and includes a non-refundable fee. Lottery applications will be available at the annual open house and online starting on the same date as the open house and will remain available through early February. You will have an opportunity to indicate your first, second, third and in some cases a fourth choice of classes. We can confirm the status of your application (placement in a class or waitlist) once the Lottery is complete in February. Families who miss the Lottery may request placement on any class Waitlist.
  4. What is the tuition schedule? Tuition and Fees can be found here. Please see the list of important dates and deadline for the current school year on the Enrollment page.
  5. Where do I pay tuition? The tuition box is located in the hall outside the Pre-K room and is clearly labeled. Tuition is due from October through April on the first of each month; September and May are paid as a deposit the prior May. Late fees are accrued on the 11th of each month. Online tuition payment is currently unavailable but of interest to the school.

 Student Status

What is my Status? This question is asked on the Lottery and Waitlist forms and changes as a student goes through the Enrollment process.

  • Current: If this child is currently enrolled in a class at DCP, or if you are a paid employee of DCP, select this.
  • Sibling: If this child (Child B) is a sibling of a child (Child A) and Child A is currently enrolled in a class at DCP, select this, even if Child B will be a new student.
  • Alumni: If anyone in your immediate family ever attended DCP, including parents and children who attended in a prior year but not the current year, select this.
  • Church Members: If your family is a member of the Community of Christ Church, where the preschool is located and leases space, select this.
  • New Family: If no one in your immediate family ever attended DCP, select this.
  • New Current: This is for internal use only but appears as a choice in the Lottery and Waitlist processes. After the Lottery, children who receive a class placement and accept the spot by paying their Enrollment Fee will change to a status of New Current, which is higher than Alumni, Church Members and New Family. A New Current status will help with Waitlist positions.

 Lottery

  1. If I am a new family, how do I apply for enrollment at DCP? Most children are placed in classes through a lottery system. A Lottery application for the next school year must be completed for each student (including twins) in order to participate. Lottery applications will be available at the annual open house and online starting at the end of January each year. You will indicate your first, second, third and in some cases a fourth choice for classes. See the Lottery page for Lottery dates and deadlines. Families who miss the Lottery may request placement on any class Waitlist.
  2. What is the annual Lottery and how does it work? Your application will be put into a pool of applications for each of the classes that you selected. All applications are randomly assigned a number which determines the order of final class rosters and waitlists. Preference is given in the following order of status: current families/staff children, siblings of current students, children of alumni, church members and new families. Students who are not placed in a class are automatically put on a Wailist for all class they preferenced. This process starts over each school year. Waitlists are not carried over from year-to-year. You must re-apply each year.
  3. Does it matter when I submit my Lottery registration? No, the Lottery is not a first-come, first-served process. As long as you register before the deadline, your registration can be done at any time while the Lottery is open, even during the last few minutes! Timing will not impact the Lottery number you receive or your class placement results.
  4. What is my Status? This question is asked on the Lottery and Waitlist forms and changes as a student goes through the Enrollment process.

    • Current: If this child is currently enrolled in a class at DCP, or if you are a paid employee of DCP, select this.
    • Sibling: If this child (Child B) is a sibling of a child (Child A) and Child A is currently enrolled in a class at DCP, select this, even if Child B will be a new student.
    • Alumni: If anyone in your immediate family ever attended DCP, including parents and children who attended in a prior year but not the current year, select this.
    • Church Members: If your family is a member of the Community of Christ Church, where the preschool is located and leases space, select this.
    • New Family: If no one in your immediate family ever attended DCP, select this.
    • New Current: This is for internal use only but appears as a choice in the Lottery and Waitlist processes. After the Lottery, children who receive a class placement and accept the spot by paying their Enrollment Fee will change to a status of New Current, which is higher than Alumni, Church Members and New Family. A New Current status will help with Waitlist positions.
  5. Is there a Lottery Fee? Yes. A $60.00 non-refundable Lottery Fee will be collected with each application. If the Lottery fee is a financial hardship for your family please review the scholarship information posted on our website and contact the Admissions Coordinator at 303-777-6867 to discuss options. DCP does not waive Lottery, Waitlist, Enrollment or Class Fund fees.
  6. If I am a current DCP family, do I need to participate in the Lottery? Yes. Current DCP families complete the Lottery application in order to determine class days and times. For example, if you were in the Parent/Tot class you would complete a Lottery application to determine which 2/3s class choice you prefer: T/TH AM or PM or W/F AM or PM. A family currently enrolled must be in good standing with regard to financial obligations and the terms of the Cooperative Agreement prior to participating in the Lottery. Current families in good standing are guaranteed a spot at the school, though not necessarily a specific class day and time. Final placement is determined by the Lottery.
  7. How do I find out the results of the Lottery? Lottery results, class rosters, and wait lists for the 2018-19 school year will be posted at 5:00 PM on February 9, 2018. Usually an email is also sent to families with their specific results. When possible, they are also posted online. We do not make phone calls with results.
  8. We have twins. How does that work with the Lottery? If one twin is given a spot in a class from the Lottery, then the other twin is automatically given a spot, even if it means increasing our class size by one to accommodate the other twin. If you wish to separate your twins, please make note of that on your Lottery form.
  9. What if I miss the Lottery? Families who miss the Lottery may contact our  Director to inquire about specific class availability and waitlists. You may also go online and request placement on any Waitlist; your Waitlist application will be placed in the order it is received.
  10. What if I do not get my first choice within the Lottery? Your child will automatically be placed on a Waitlist for each class you preferenced on your Lottery form. If you do not get your first choice for a particular class, we will look at the second choice, third choice and so on until they are placed in a class. Your child will remain on the Wailist for the first choice.  If only one choice is indicated on the Lottery application and the class is not available, the student will be remain on the Waitlist for that class.
  11. We have multiple children applying to DCP. What are my options for coordinating their class schedules? On the Lottery Form you will be asked for your scheduling preference. Following is an explanation of the choices:
    • SAME DAY/TIME SCHEDULE option. Select this if it is most important to you that all of your children are on the SAME DAY/TIME SCHEDULE. For example, if your children do not all receive placement in their 1st choice classes, they will be moved into classes that will allow for attendance at the same time. What this means is that regardless of initial lottery placement, both children will be moved into spots that will allow them to attend at the same day and time. Please be aware that the way this is done is to move both children into the less desired position in order to get both children on the same schedule.
      • As an example; based on lottery numbers drawn, your first child draws a great lottery number, and as a result, receives their first choice placement in a morning class. Your second draws a not so great lottery number and as a result, that child receives their third choice placement in an afternoon class.
      • What we will then do is move the first child into an afternoon class for schedule alignment.
    • Keep in mind there is typically some movement in the wait list prior to the start of school,but by choosing this option you are consenting to those changes being made to both siblings’ class assignments before the lottery results are posted.
    • BEST CLASS CHOICE AVAILABLE based on their Lottery pick option. Select this if it is most important to you that all of your children get the BEST CLASS CHOICE AVAILABLE based on their Lottery pick. For example, if one child gets their 1st choice and the second child gets their 3rd choice, they will be placed into those respective classes even though they are on different day/time schedules. By selecting this, you are betting there will be movement in the class lists that may eventually lead to all children being placed in their 1st choice classes.
    • DCP will do its best to ensure siblings attend school at the same time during the day but cannot guarantee it.
  12. What does it mean to rank my class day and time preferences? Each class has up to four day/time choices. You must rank the class day/time choices according to your preference. Example: If ONLY the Tues/Thurs morning class will work for your child, rank it as your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. If you want to be considered for all class options, be sure that for each choice you are given you specify a different class day/time. Keep in mind that ranking the same day/time option as your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice is not encouraged. If you do so, you run the risk of that class filling before your child’s lottery number comes up, and leaving no other options for placement of your child in another class. As with any lottery, ranking of preferences does not guarantee a particular placement.
  13. I registered two children and one received a class placement but the other did not. What should I do? Don’t give up — confirm the placed child! We place students by status and then Lottery/Waitlist number. If you accept and confirm the class placement for the first child their status becomes “New Current” and the waitlisted child’s status automatically becomes “Sibling of Current Student.” This bumps the second child up on the waitlist ahead of all other alumni, church and new families giving them a much better chance of getting a spot depending upon their Lottery/Waitlist number and the length of the class waitlist. Historically we do have significant changes in our class rosters and we have exhausted waitlists in some classes in prior years.
  14. I did not get the results I wanted. How much does the Waitlist move? The Waitlist typically moves a lot, particularly between mid-February and early May, after Lottery results are announced and before the May first/last tuition deadline. Some classes move more than others (ex: PM classes versus AM classes). Also, a single move in one class can have a snowball effect in several classes depending upon class preferences and Waitlist position. Historically, the class roster when class starts in September is markedly different than when first announced with Lottery results. We have exhausted waitlists in some classes in prior years. So hang in there and wait to see what happens!

 Waitlist

  1. How do I get on a Waitlist? You can get on a Waitlist one of three ways:
    • Families who participate in the Lottery and receive a class placement, but not their first choice, will automatically go on the Waitlist for their first choice class. If you receive your third choice class, you go on the Waitlist for both the first and second choices, and so on.
    • Families who participate in the Lottery and do not get a class placement are automatically placed on Waitlists for all classes they preferenced.
    • Families who miss the Lottery may contact our Director or Assistant Director to inquire about specific class availability and Waitlists. You may also go online and request placement on any Waitlist; your Waitlist application will be placed in the order it is received.
  2. We’re on a Waitlist – how does that work? DCP will call you if a spot becomes available for your child and you will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer. Your application will be kept on the Waitlist until the current school year is finished. You are welcome to contact us to check your Waitlist status. Please note that we balance the class by gender when filling spots from the Waitlist.
  3. I did not get the results I wanted. How much does the Waitlist move? The Waitlist typically moves a lot, particularly between mid-February and early May, after Lottery results are announced and before the May first/last tuition deadline. Some classes move more than others (ex: PM classes versus AM classes). Also, a single move in one class can have a snowball effect in several classes depending upon class preferences and Waitlist position. Historically, the class roster when class starts in September is markedly different than when first announced with Lottery results. We have exhausted waitlists in some classes in prior years. So hang in there and wait to see what happens!

 Enrollment

  1. DCP has a spot for my child in a class – what should we do? Once offered a spot, you need to confirm your enrollment to secure it and then complete all other required paperwork and deposits for your child to attend school. Please complete the online Enrollment Form emailed to you with the appropriate Enrollment Fee to DCP by March 15th or the deadline indicated in the offer. Please note that we do not make reminder calls and if the deadline is missed your child will lose their place in class.
  2. My child just missed the cutoff date, but I feel he/she is old enough to start school. How does that work? DCP also keeps an “age inappropriate” waitlist for late-start applicants. Once the standard waitlist for a class is exhausted we use the age inappropriate list to fill any available spaces. If the Parent/Toddler class is not filled for the second half of the year DCP will enroll students with birth-dates between July 1st and September 15th of the year prior to the current school year.
  3. Once our child has a spot at DCP and we complete the Enrollment Form, what happens next? The next step will be to pay the first and last months tuition fees by May 1st to secure your child’s spot in class. There will be no reminder calls about this date. The Student and Family Enrollment Forms are also due May 1st. In August you will be invited to attend a DCP back-to-school picnic to meet the DCP staff and families. At that time you will make an appointment for your child’s teacher to come to your house for a getting-to-know-you (home) visit. The teacher will spend about 20 minutes with you and your child so that the teacher is familiar to your child when they start school.
  4. I’m a new DCP family and there is a spot for my child in a class, what should I do now? Please complete the online Enrollment Confirmation Form emailed to you and pay the enrollment fee by March 3rd.
  5. Once we return the Enrollment Confirmation Form and fee, what happens next? You will send in your first and last months’ tuition to DCP and complete complete an Enrollment Packet online by May 1. The Enrollment Packet includes the Student Enrollment Online Form and the Family Enrollment Online Form. Links to all online forms are emailed to you. All of this information is available on the Enrollment page.

 New Families

  1. What happens at the getting-to-know-you (home) visit? The teacher will spend about 20-minutes with you and your child so that the teacher is familiar to your child when they begin school. Some good ideas are to have your child show the teacher their favorite toy, read their favorite book, etc.
  2. When is the all school Clean-Up Day? The Clean-Up Days happen four times a year on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The dates are published in the DCP calendar. You are required to participate in one Clean-Up Day for every child you have enrolled at DCP (up to two). Alternatively, with advance notice you may pay a $175 opt out fee that must be paid in full before your child begins school. Families that do not opt out of their clean-up day, and then neither attend their assigned clean-up day nor make arrangements to switch their clean-up day will be assessed a fine in the amount of $350.
  3. How do we schedule our day to volunteer in our child’s class as a Parent Helper? You will fill out the Parent Helper form in the Enrollment Packet and then receive a copy of helper days at the Class Kick-Off. Please expect to volunteer in your child’s class approximately every six weeks as well as on their birthday.
  4. Where is Alamo Placita Park? It is located at third and Emerson Street It is very close to DCP and that is why many of our events take place there.
  5. What are our financial obligations? DCP requires that all families, regardless of scholarship status, meet the parent participation and fundraising requirements of the Co-Op. The fundraising requirements are as follows:
    • Donation of a restaurant gift card and a bottle of wine to the auction. The auction is the schools largest fundraiser and a fun night out without children. Tuition and fees do not cover the day to day expenses of the school. In order to keep our tuition reasonable it is important that all families participate in the auction.
    • Participation in Fall / Winter / Spring fundraising efforts to the ability that each individual family can. You will also be asked if you want to donate to individual teacher/assistant gift funds. These funds are used to purchase holiday gifts and end of year gifts for each teacher and assistant in the classroom. Most families choose to participate in this tradition.
  6. What are DCP’s Scholarship guidelines? The policy of DCP is that a portion of the preschool’s earned income be placed in a scholarship fund for confidential scholarship awards. This fund is designed to assist families who might not otherwise be able to enroll in the preschool and to support families who encounter financial difficulties. DCP requires that all families, regardless of the scholarship status, meet the parent participation and fundraising requirements of the Co-Op. To determine scholarships, the Scholarship Committee will review each application individually. The names of all applying for and/or receiving scholarships are confidential information and are known only to the Scholarship Chair, the Treasurer and the person assigned to collect tuition payments; and on as needed basis the Director.
  7. When do we receive the Directory? Directories will be in parent pockets during the first month of school.

 

For more information on the topics in this FAQ please see the DCP Handbook.

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