For the 2021-22 school year, our age cutoffs for each program are listed below:
Toddler Program: Must be 2-years-old by 9/1/21
Young Preschool Program: Must be 3-years-old by 9/1/21
Older Preschool Program: Must be 4-years-old by 10/1/21*
As we are a school-year preschool program, all children enrolled in a class will fall within an age range. For example, in the toddler program, all children will be at least two-years-old when they begin school. Children will turn three-years-old throughout the school year and the summer after school ends. They will remain with their cohort even after celebrating a birthday, and will move up to the young preschool program as a group for the 2022-23 school year.
*Please note, the cutoff for the older preschool program is October 1, rather than September 1, to align with standard age cutoffs for kindergarten.
What is my child's status?
You will select your child's student status below. For more information or help selecting your student status, please read the .pdf below on descriptions of each status. (Can't view the .pdf below? Click here.)
Please select an age-appropriate program level for your child. The system will NOT constrain your choice for you.
Please note that any age-inappropriate class selections must be approved by the Director in advance of joining the wait list. Please note that exceptions are rarely made for age-inappropriate registrations due to our philosophy, the mission and vision of the school, and Colorado state licensing requirements. Age-inappropriate class placements are ultimately up to the discretion of the Director.
If you have more than one child to register, you will have the opportunity to register a second child at the bottom of next page.
Denver Cooperative Preschool is licensed for children ages 1 year (12 months) to 6 years, 0 months.
Each of our programs offers a two-day, three-day, and five-day schedule option for the 2021-22 school year. The school day will run from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM for all options. Please see below for a weekly schedule for each program:
In the drop-down below, please be sure to select a first, second, and third choice schedule option. You may repeat a schedule option. Example: if ONLY the 2-day and 3-day schedule will work for your child, you may repeat one of the options for your third choice rather than selecting the 5-day schedule. If you want to be added to the wait list and considered for all class options, be sure that for each choice you are given you specify a different schedule.
What's my child's status?
For your reference, please see below for a schedule for the current (2020-21) school year. This schedule also includes fees for the current lottery and enrollment season.
For the 2021-22 school year we do expect a minor tuition increase. Our Governing Board is currently finalizing the budget for the 2021-22 school year and will have finalized tuition rates before enrollment confirmations are due on February 19, 2021.
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DCP is a big commitment for a family. We fully expect that what most people witness going on in our classrooms looks fun, engaging and appealing. Equally as important is what goes on outside the classroom: a family’s investment and experience, and the partnership with the staff and school community.
A huge part of our culture is the connection between school and families, which encompasses the play-based philosophy, the cooperative spirit, daily operations and our future growth. We are prepared to give you and your child so much while you are here, but we do expect your enthusiastic involvement in return. This is after all, what has made our school great for over 60 years! All we ask is that you look around our school, ask questions and investigate other preschools to make sure that DCP feels like the best fit for your family.
Every family in our community signs a cooperative agreement which outlines areas of responsibility in which each family is required to participate as a member of the DCP. It is our belief that these components of the cooperative agreement embody the core values and spirit of our school community.
Please note - Denver Cooperative Preschool has proudly been a parent cooperative community since 1960. Due to recommendations from the CDC and CDPHE regarding the safe operation of early childhood programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make changes to cooperative engagement for the 2020-21 school year. At this time, we anticipate that at least part of the 2021-22 school year will also be impacted, though of course much is still unknown.
DCP continues to seek a community of involved families, parents, caregivers, and educators. The Board of Directors and school leadership feel it is critical that we remain focused on our mission during this challenging time. While current requirements have resulted in changes to how we have traditionally defined cooperativce engagement, it is our sincere hope to remain partnered with parents and caregivers, seeking their input in all facets of our community and educational experience at DCP.
1.) Classroom Parent Helper Time - at least one parent will assist the teachers in the classroom during your family's designated parent helper time, according to the prearranged schedule for the class.
Please note - at this time CDPHE will not permit parents and caregivers inside the classrooms to control the spread of illness within early childhood communities. We will follow direction from this licensing and regulatory body, and will look forward to welcoming parents and caregivers back to the classroom when it is safe to do so.
2.) Committee Work - Each family will participate in an assigned committee by attending any and all necessary meetings and executing all assigned tasks as communicated by the assigned committee chairperson.
Please note - we have redefined committee roles to completed independently or remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. Any committee work that should require a parent to come to the school will need to be completed outside of school hours, and pre-arranged with the Directors. Some tasks that were previously completed during all school clean-up days have been reassigned as individual committee roles, and we will ask that these jobs be completed independently outside of school hours.
3.) Indoor School Clean Up Days - Due to current COVID-19 regulations and restrictions governing child-care facilities, as well as limits on gathering size, DCP will not be holding all school clean-up days for the 2020-21 school year. The classroom spaces and materials will be sanitized and disinfected thoroughly throughout the school day and at the end of each day, and our daily janitorial service will continue to support in cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Some tasks that were previously completed during all school clean-up days have been reassigned as individual committee roles, and we will ask that these jobs be completed outside of school hours.
4.) Fundraising - Each year, our fundraising committees work hard to plan events that aid in the important work of raising funds for our school. This is a vital component to how we are able to provide quality programming, take care of indoor and outdoor spaces, and meet 100% of our demonstrated need for families requesting scholarships. There are a variety of ways to participate and all we ask is that each family agree to participate in the events that make sense to their family, and to the best of their ability.
We understand that many of the families in our community are currently facing challenging times, and we do not seek to place additional burden on our community through fundraising asks. DCP will seek to engage in fundraising activities that are sensitive to the current social and economic climate.
5.) Annual Auction - As the biggest (and one of the most fun!) fundraiser of the year, our annual auction is a very important event for our school. Our goal is for this event to be a fun night out for all friends and family of DCP. We ask that each family contribute to the success of the auction by providing items/donations as requested by the auction committee each year. Additionally, we love seeing as many members of our school community at this event as possible, and we strongly encourage attendance.
Please note, for both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school year this even has taken shape in an alternative format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that the spring of the 2021-22 school year will allow us to gather and celebrate as a community once again, but at this time do not know for certain how this event might be formatted.
6.) All Parent Meetings - At least one parent from each family must attend TWO All Parent Meetings every year. The Fall All Parent Meeting is held in September during the first week of school, and the Spring All Parent Meeting is held in April.
Please note, for the 2020-21 school year, All Parent Meetings have been held virtually using a web conferencing platform. We will continue to be mindful of safety and public health regulations and will not return to meeting in-person until we are advised it is safe to do so.
7.) Communication - Communication in a cooperative preschool is a cooperative effort in every way. Each family has a “parent pocket” at the school where notices and communication between families may be distributed. Families are expected to check their parent pocket each day that their child attends class. There are bulletin boards in the hall on which notices of meetings and other announcements are posted. Notices are also posted on the walls outside of the classrooms. The school’s Weekly Blast is distributed to families via email and contains notices of upcoming meetings and events, summaries of Governing Board meetings, and other school news.
Because our school is a parent cooperative community in which parents take an active role in their child's education during parent helper days and committee work, it is our policy to complete non-fingerprint background checks on parents and legal guardians who are volunteering with children.
As a community that places an emphasis on valuing our children, we believe in the importance of this policy for the safety of your child as well as all the children we care for. This background check will be strictly confidential, but will look for any history of violent crimes, sexual crimes, or child abuse or neglect convictions.
We understand that this may be a sensitive policy, but we truly believe that the safety of our children is the number one priority and we know you would agree. Background check forms will need to be completed prior to volunteering in the classroom with children. Parents/guardians will be responsible for their individual background check fee (approximately $30/person). A background check on all parents and legal guardians who plan to volunteer in the classroom must be completed before the child is able to begin school in Fall, 2020. Please see the Director or Assistant Director if this fee presents a hardship for your family.
Wait list registration is $60 per child. Please select the appropriate box for the number of children you are registering.
Once you click submit you will be directed to PayPal. You are invited to pay with a Paypal account, or with a debit or credit card.
Wait list participants also have the option to add a donation. While we are grateful for donations to our program, please note donations do not effect your wait list status.
After you check out with PayPal, you must return to this page and click the green “submit” button to submit your Wait List Registration Form.