Governing Board Structure
The preschool is managed by a Governing Board (also known as the Board of Directors). Each position is a two year term, with the exception of the President-Elect, President and Past President which are each held for one year. The members of the Governing Board are voted on annually by the parent body at the Spring All Parent Meeting. Anyone interested in being a part of the Governing Board is welcome to join.
Every January, the President-Elect will form the Nomination Committee and advertise open positions for the following school year in the Weekly Blast, parent pockets or public posting as deemed appropriate. Nominees are to write a letter to the Nomination Committee that explains why they would like to perform the duties of the specific Governing Board position. Nominees will also ask one DCP teacher and one DCP community member to write a letter of recommendation. In the case of two or more people interested in the same position, the nominees’ letters and letters of recommendation will be given to the Governing Board to decide who will perform the duties of that specific position for the following school year. The Nomination Committee consists of the President-Elect, a DCP teacher, and two or three community members.
President – Takes the lead on the supervision and management of the business operations of the Governing Board. Chairs meetings of the Governing Board. Serves as chairperson of the Personnel Committee. Takes responsibility for Governing Board development. Makes sure all committee chairs are training their committee members. Works closely with the Director and Assistant Director to ensure long-term viability of the school. Meets weekly with the Personnel Committee. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?This will be our fifth school year at DCP, my daughter started in 2/3s and my son has been a part of the DCP community since he was an infant.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?By far it is the community for both my children and our family! Growing up in a small town myself I needed to find a village and DCP is our village. Through this village atmosphere and DCP's cooperative core my children have been exposed to the importance of people working together and prioritizing community which is an invaluable life lesson in my book!
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?I loved the feeling I got on my parent helper days at DCP and craved more! Through joining the board I have gained wonderful insight into the collective efforts required to make our community function at its best. I am honored to be a small part of the magic we create together!
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?My favorite part of being on the Governing Board is the opportunity to work with a passionate group of individuals utilizing our various backgrounds and skills to support DCP.
Where can we find you in Denver?With my family enjoying the beauty of Colorado! We spend a lot of time at our neighborhood pool, playing in the backyard and visiting new restaurants around town. Whenever our schedule allows we love escaping the city for visits to my hometown in southern Colorado.
President-Elect – Supports the President and, in his/her absence, performs the duties of the President. Assumes a “president-in-training” role. Exercises oversight of the Vice President of Communications and Classroom Coordinator. Serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee. Meets weekly with the Personnel Committee. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?Our oldest started in the 2/3s classroom in 2016, and we’ll be here until our youngest graduates from preschool (Preschool Class of 2022)!
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?My mind goes directly to the specifics of the education that our little people are getting: PLAYING to learn, innumerable opportunities for hands-on/authentic experiences, accommodating and supportive teachers and staff ... AND being welcomed as a parent, WITH OPEN ARMS, into their learning spaces. The community of families is a MAJOR bonus
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?TBH, I never really thought being on the board was something I would do early on. It wasn’t until I was having a conversation with another mom last year and she suggested that I volunteer (to which I responded, “I don’t know about THAT!”), that I gave it much thought! It really is such an important part of the school and its success, I don’t know why I didn’t consider it sooner and cannot imagine not being involved now!
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?This will be my first experience holding a position on a Governing Board, so I cannot specifically say what my favorite part is yet. However I am really looking forward to collaborating with the other members, and having the opportunity to really advocate for the school and its families.
Where can we find you in Denver?During the warmer months, you might spot us at City Park Jazz or riding around town on bikes to various museums, art or food events ... sometimes a rally or protest, if necessary! We tend to hunker down when the weather shifts, enjoying the snow from the comfort of our home. A Colorado native I am, but a skier/snowboarder I am not ... this year may be the year that the boys get introduced to said pastime though, lord help me!
Director – Takes responsibility for program development including curriculum, staff professional development and training, and parent and community education. Oversees the hiring, development, and evaluation of staff. Ensures smooth daily operations of the school and supports currently enrolled and prospective families. Oversees the admissions process, led by the Assistant Director. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.
Assistant Director – Administers and maintains the admissions process. Supports currently enrolled and prospective families and the Executive Director, as needed. Maintains all records that pertain to students, families, and the facility. If the position of Assistant Director is not currently filled, the Director assumes these responsibilities. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.
Secretary – Oversees and interprets all legal matters to the Governing Board. Records the minutes of the Governing Board meetings. Ensures compliance with bylaws and acts as custodian of the corporate records. Works with Office Manager and community members to track all volunteer hours on a monthly basis to ensure engagement and family cooperative duties are met. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?We have been at DCP 6 years.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?My favorite part about being a part of DCP is the community it has to offer.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?I want to take an active part in the DCP community and that’s why I was inspired to join the GB.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?My favorite part about being on the Governing Board is the opportunity to work with so many different people.
Where can we find you in Denver?You can find me running at Wash Park or Sweet Cow ice cream with my family!
Treasurer – Oversees all financial matters to ensure financial stability of the school. Has ultimate responsibility for all funds through chairing the Finance Committee. Takes the lead on developing the budget with staff needs in mind and assists the board in reviewing it for approval. Meets monthly with the office manager. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?We just joined in the Parent/Tot class in February, so my little guy is starting his first full year of school in the 2/3 class this year.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?I love the parent involvement. Getting to participate in the classroom with my son was such a unique opportunity, and the whole family enjoyed getting to witness Caleb become his own independent person in class.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?Being a stay-at-home mom is such a joy, but I do miss using the left side of my brain. I'm happy to lend my experience as a CPA to DCP.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?I am brand new, so I guess it remains to be seen! But I am most looking forward to the visibility into how DCP is run. I can already tell that folks on the Governing Board care deeply about the organization and about nurturing our young people in the best way possible.
Where can we find you in Denver?In the summer, you can find me with my family at a splash pad, at the pool, the Children's Museum, or at the zoo. During the winter, you'll find us bundled up inside!
Vice President of Facilities – Oversees the work of the Facilities Co-Chairs and Facilities Committee at large. Plans and organizes cleanup days and maintenance of the school. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?4 years...5 years to go!
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?Helper Days!!!!! It’s such a special time together and even more so now with Eleanor as we don’t have much one-on-one time.
There isn’t anything quite like the feeling when you realize literally every child in the class has surrounded you in rapt attention.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?I wouldn’t have considered myself joining the board but when I was approached our first year at DCP I felt honored to help out. I have found it to be incredibly rewarding and I encourage everyone to consider joining, even if you think it is outside your comfort zone.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?Building deeper relationships with the DCP staff and giving them any support they need. We all know how special the teachers and staff are and how much amazing support they give our kids (and us) so it feels good to do what we can for them.
Where can we find you in Denver?Hanging out with the kids at the museum, zoo and nearby parks. Whenever we can we love trips to the mountains for hiking/exploring/photography.
Past President – Supports the President and Governing Board with focused efforts on continuing or special projects for the school. The presence of the Past President also provides greater longevity and context on decisions of the recent past for new Governing Board members.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?We first came to DCP in the fall of 2014, when my oldest started 2/3s.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?I love that DCP provides a caring, welcoming community for both children and parents.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?After spending a few years as a parent at the school, I was interested in becoming more engaged with the organization and its management. I first joined the Governing Board as Secretary and then moved on to become President before moving to my current role as VP of Planning.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?The people! It's a pleasure to spend time with such a fun and unique group, working together to make DCP as great as it can be.
Where can we find you in Denver?Hiking in the mountains, biking in Wash Park, or visiting the Zoo, Botanic Gardens, or Nature & Science Museum. I'm also at the Nordstrom Cafe and True Food Kitchen on a surprisingly regular basis.
Vice President of Fundraising – Supervises and coordinates all aspects of fundraising. Oversees the Social Fundraising, Colorado Gives Day and Auction Committees. Attends all Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?This is our third year as part of the awesome DCP community!
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?I love the traditions that bring our school together like fall festival, pancake breakfast, and the spring art show.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?I've always been involved in schools as a teacher, so it's exciting for me to explore a new role. I really enjoy working closely with fellow parents and learning more about all of the hard work that DCP teachers and staff put into everything they do for our children.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?Is it wrong to say the delicious monthly dinners? Great food aside, I also believe in DCP's efforts to remain a vibrant, inclusive community through fundraising. My hope is that all families will find a variety of options that suit their budget and interests.
Where can we find you in Denver?We live right by Denver Botanic Gardens, so we love picnicking there or taking in one of the summer concerts. My husband Rob is a geologist, so Red Rocks and Dinosaur Ridge are favorites. Finally, nothing beats a walk to Sweet Cooie's ice cream for a salted oreo cone!
Vice President of Communications – Responsible for all systems of communication within the Denver Cooperative Preschool parent body as well as managing the marketing and publicity of the school to the broader community. Attends all Executive Committee and Governing Board meetings.
How long has your family been a part of DCP?This will be our fifth year at DCP. Both boys started in Parent Tot. Sam graduated PreK last year and Josh is in PreK this year.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of DCP?The community support and how much my boys absolutely love going to school.
What inspired you to join the Governing Board?After coming out of what I refer to as 'the baby fog of exhaustion' I realized how much I valued DCP and everything it's done for my kids so I decided that I wanted to play a bigger part in the community.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Governing Board?Working together with like-minded individuals to help make our community stronger.
Where can we find you in Denver?Before kids, I was an environmental scientist and I served in the Peace Corps for two years as an environmental education and awareness agent.
My oldest, Sam, is in PM PreK this year and my youngest, Josh, is in MWF PM 3/4s.
Staff Representative – Represents the staff on the Governing Board. Attends all Governing Board meetings.