Denver Cooperative Preschool

This Denver institution guides young children 12 months through pre-kindergarten on the adventure of

Operating as usual


DCP will be closed Friday, March 15.

Our inclement weather policy follows closures within Denver Public Schools and the district has also announced a closure tomorrow due to severe weather and continued snowfall through Thursday evening into Friday.

Enjoy the snow and we will see you next week!


DCP will be closed Thursday, March 14.

Our inclement weather policy follows closures within Denver Public Schools and the district has also announced a closure tomorrow due to severe weather.

Stay warm and safe!


Have you ordered your holiday cards or photo gifts yet?!

TODAY ONLY, Minted is increasing their discount, and also giving the usual 15% back to DCP! Just use the code FUNDRAISEDCOP at checkout!

(And if you’re not quite ready to order - this code will still give you 20% off and 15% back to DCP the rest of the season!)


A new school year at DCP is almost here!!! Make sure your child’s belongings are labeled and ready to go!

Use code BTS10 for 10% off


Our Executive Director, Mary Nelson, spoke as a keynote panelist this Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference.

The panel explored Community Perspectives on Supporting Children’s Resiliency. Mary shared insight from her doctoral research on authentic and culturally sustaining family engagement, and provider perspectives on strategies for supporting the resiliency and mental health of both children and adults in early childhood communities.


Due to icy road conditions and sub-zero temperatures predicted for the morning, DCP will follow Denver Public Schools in a two-hour delayed start for all Thursday morning classes. Classes will begin at 10:30 AM, giving families and members of staff time to commute safely to school.

Please note that extremely frigid temperatures are predicted for tomorrow. While it will likely be too cold for an outdoor recess, families are encouraged to dress children appropriately and well-prepared for winter weather.

Stay safe and warm!


Save the date! The DCP Auction is April 28! Mark it on your calendars! ✅

Photos from Denver Cooperative Preschool's post 02/13/2023

Thanks to everyone who attended our Bingo night tonight! ✨We hope you and your kiddos had a great time! 💖


The Second Star to the Right Book Fair starts TODAY and runs from Feb. 7-9 in Fellowship Hall, from 2-4pm! 📚 This bookstore is such a gem. They have an incredible selection of children's books and the booksellers are so warm and enthusiastic. We are thrilled to have this book fair at DCP! ✨

There will be refreshments, and a great chance to socialize with other families. Scan the QR code below to see available books! 🤩


Meet the amazing Katie Sullivan. A long standing DCP staff member! 💜👋🏼 Some fun facts about Ms. Katie:
1.) She has worked at DCP since 2000 and has taught all classes with exception to Parent Tot (no longer offered). Spent four years as the Assistant Director, but went back into the classroom because she missed it so much! 🦋

2.) 2 of her 3 grown boys are DCP alumni, and all 3 live in CO so she gets to spend time with them often! Lucky! 🍀🗻

3.) Katie is a 4th generation Colorado native!

4.) She loves to play tennis, go road/gravel cycling, and ski both uphill and downhill, and SUP. Her pandemic hobby became aquascaping, and it is where she finds her creativity and peace. If anyone in the DCP community is into aquascaping, she’d love to chat! ✌️ Thank you Ms Katie for all you do for DCP! 💜💕


The DCP Lottery is now open! ✨ The lottery for the 2023-24 school year is now open through 1/27! As a reminder, all current families who are planning to return for next school year need to complete a lottery form.

Join the lottery here:


As a reminder, due to the winter storm, our admissions Open House tonight has been RESCHEDULED to tomorrow, Thursday, January 19 from 6-8 pm!

Can’t make it? Contact us for an admissions call or tour!

The lottery will still open online at 5:00 PM tonight as planned!


Due to a severe weather warning DCP will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan 18. ❄️Enjoy your snow day! ❄️


Come be a part of the JOY!

Our admissions lottery for the 2023-24 school year opens tomorrow, January 17 at 5:00 PM and will remain open through January 27. We offer 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day programming for children ages 2-6.

Want to learn more about our school? Due to the incoming winter storm, our annual admissions Open House has been RESCHEDULED to Thursday, January 19 from 6-8 PM. The whole family is welcome!

Can’t make the Open House? Reach out to [email protected] for an informational call or tour!


Meet the president of the DCP board, Jenny! 👋🏼💙 What does the President role do? The president of the board oversees the board of directors and helps make decisions for the school. Because DCP is a parent co-op, our parent-led board has a big responsibility to make sure our school remains a vibrant, healthy community. Jenny and her family have been at DCP for both her kids. It'll be hard to say goodbye when Gus graduates in May!
THREE FUN FACTS: 1. Jenny is an author! Her second novel releases next month (it's called "Lola At Last" and is a modern take on Lydia Bennet); 2. She loves to plan trips and gets really nerdy about planning logistics (ask her about her trip to Alaska this summer—there's a spreadsheet involved); 3. She’d choose cold weather over hot weather, if she had to pick ❄️. Thanks Jenny for all you do! 💙

Photos from Denver Cooperative Preschool's post 01/13/2023

Today we enjoyed a special in-house field trip from ! Children, educators, and families were all smiles as we listened to the story and accompanying music for A Surprise for Rabbit.


❄️ snowy day! ❄️ reminder to bring your kids with warm gear! 🥶💙


Can we talk about Ms Raquel’s OOTD?! 😍🍭🐱


Meet Mr Clark! 👋🏼 Clark works in all of our classrooms. Here are some fun facts about Clark: 1. He was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas - He is coming up on his first year in Denver- after spending the first six months training dinosaurs at the Jurassic World exhibit. 🦖🦕
2. He is in a Musical Improv group called Hit and Run with Raquel, who is responsible for introducing him to DCP. Thanks Raquel! 🎶
3. He plays a mean Kazoo and knows magic! 🪄 Thanks for being a part of DCP Clark! We are so lucky to have you! ✨


Welcome back! We are all so excited to have you back in the building! ❄️ Happy 2023 friends! 🦋


May your New Year be happy and bright! ❄️😁 We hope that the break with your kids was joyous! We look forward to seeing you on Jan 3rd! Reminder we have no school on Monday Jan 2. 💜


A very happy holidays to all! 🎄Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! 💖 We will see you all back on Tuesday Jan 3! ❄️


Happy Hanukkah to all our DCP friends and family! 🕎

Photos from Denver Cooperative Preschool's post 12/17/2022

Thank you for sharing your light with us! ❄️We will see you in the New Year! Everyone enjoy your holiday break! 💜


The lights are on! ❄️ Join us TONIGHT for the Celebration of Lights at 5pm on our school playground. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available to enjoy! 🍪 ☕️ see you there! 💜


When the biggest Taylor Swift fan on staff is expecting a baby, you throw a Swiftie Shower of course! Complete with treats, red ❤️ sunglasses, and a card-igan.

We love you Riana and can’t wait to welcome baby to the DCP community!


We want to thank all of the donors from Colorado Gives Day for helping to keep DCP thriving. 💜We greatly appreciate your contribution. Thank you!!! 🙏🏼💜


We are close to our goal but not there yet, luckily there is still time to donate. 💜 link in our Stories! 💜 thank you!

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Our Story

Denver Cooperative Preschool was founded in 1960 by a group of parents from the discontinued Colorado Women’s College Nursery School. By 1962, the preschool had grown and a group of parents from south Denver branched off to establish the University Park Cooperative Nursery School near Denver University. In 1964 the preschool split again: Montview Community Preschool remained at the church and our preschool moved to 8th and Cherry. It was then named the Medical Center Cooperative Nursery School. The name “Denver Cooperative Preschool” was adopted in 1966. We moved to our current location in 1983.

Our mission is to guide young children on the adventure of self ­discovery through play. We envision an active society where children and adults join in the exploration of life, the quest for understanding, and the journey towards wisdom. We believe that a child’s early experiences are the foundation for adult potential, that parents are key to a child’s unique development, and that play is essential in the learning process of a child.

DCP strives to provide an environment in which children know that people care for them and accept them as they are. We hope that our children will become confident in themselves and their ability to do things and make appropriate choices as they learn about their world and themselves. To achieve these goals we use the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines and individual student portfolios to assist in curriculum building and student assessment.

We are a non-profit, non-denominational school owned by the member families. We are part of the Denver Preschool Program and rated Level 4 by Colorado Shines, the state’s quality rating and improvement system for early care and learning programs.

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Jumping, biking, swinging into summer. It's been wonderful, OP! 💚💚💚
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Salsa Ring of Fire
DCP students reach for the stars.





480 Marion Street
Denver, CO

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm
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