Welcome to Delaware Cooperative Preschool
Delaware Cooperative Preschool (DCP) was founded in 1984 by a small group of Delaware parents who wanted to play an active role in their children’s early education. The founding members established a non-profit, non-denominational cooperative model rooted in a spirit of volunteerism.
DCP is committed to providing students and families with equal opportunity to early childhood education without discrimination based on race, color, veteran status, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, or age.
DCP offers caregivers an opportunity to enhance their role as their child’s primary educators while their children gain social and cognitive skills in a nurturing, joyful, child-centered environment.
Additionally, as part of a cooperative preschool, families have a unique opportunity to participate in the classroom directly and help create the kind of learning environment they would like for their children. The result is an educational environment rewarding for families, staff, and children alike. Our mixed-age, Montessori-inspired classrooms offer a safe, accepting environment in which little ones can explore, share, play, and communicate with peers.
As members of DCP, caregivers are welcomed in the decision-making processes that maintain the Cooperative's staff, finances, and policies. Quarterly meetings address important topics and surface committee accomplishments; a Board of Directors, composed of member volunteers, is elected annually.
Cooperative Membership & Involvement
Enrolling a child in one of DCP’s classes establishes your membership and requires you to:
Attend 2-3 General Membership Meetings
Help with fundraising events
Serve on a committee and use your talents to help sustain and grow the preschool
Volunteer time within your child's classroom
*DCP requires at least 1 parent/guardian per household to volunteer. Additional volunteers, e.g. grandparents, are also welcome - they will simply need to complete the appropriate requirements.
Delaware Cooperative Preschool
Board of Directors
Maura Atwater - President
Kelsey Allen - Vice President
Cindy Shondell - Treasurer
Courtney Shine - Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Mrowzinski - Secretary