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Steele Cooperative Preschool

Support Steele on Colorado Gives Day December 7th!

For 24 hours on Tuesday, December 7th, Colorado comes together to raise funds for local nonprofits and we’re so excited to be part of the day!

Every gift is tax-deductible and helps us with our operating budget as well as saving to replace our beloved fire truck play structure.


Our Mission & Vision

Founded in 1982, Steele is a highly-rated cooperative Denver preschool serving Colorado children.  Lauded for its one-room-school-house environment, play-based curriculum, and age-appropriate commitment to Kindergarten preparedness, it is the only cooperative preschool still operating in Northwest Denver.

As a cooperative, Steele involves parents actively and directly in their children’s earliest education.  This approach gives families a sense of continuity between home and preschool, creates a sense of community for students and parents, and keeps tuition costs down.  Under the tenants of a cooperative, Steele parents work alongside teachers in the classroom.  Together with their children, members organize, attend or volunteer at community events and fundraisers throughout the year.

Steele is as committed to the classroom as it is to the community.  Our teachers have a close working relationship with the Denver Preschool Program and the teachers have received the highest CLASS rating.  Working within the framework of the school’s play-based curriculum, Steele staff members utilize nationally-recognized tools like Handwriting Without Tears to teach skills such as writing, letter, and print recognition; number awareness; and the emotional aptitude necessary for success in Kindergarten.

Steele is committed to maintaining its top-tier status and is nationally accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Want to support Steele with a donation? You may use the Paypal button below, donate to @SteeleCooperativePreschool via the venmo app, or donate through Crowdrise.

Upcoming Events

  1. Steele-A-Deal Online Auction

    December 1 - December 5
  2. Late Fee Assessed for Unpaid Tuition

    December 7
  3. AM Polliwog Holiday Party

    December 15 @ 8:45 am - 11:15 am


News & Announcements

2021-2022 Covid Related Updates

Welcome Steele families to the 2021-2022 school year! I know there will be a lot of information coming your way in the next few weeks, I remember when I first enrolled our daughter at Steele, some 13 years ago, wondering what I just signed myself up for. I promise it...

Parent’s Pond – January 2021

Welcome Back Steele Families-- Being back in our little school this week was so sweet. Thank you to Helen and Bryan Fields and our Cleaning Committee and Matt and Jenny Lewandowski and our Building and Grounds Committee for organizing our Mid Year Clean and getting...

School Updates

Hello Steele Cooperative Preschool families, I hope this note finds everyone happy and healthy. I wanted to take a moment to update everyone about starting school in the fall.  As of June 4th the Governor with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment...


What our parents are saying

Steele has become not only a place for an amazing introduction to school for our boys but also a place for us as parents to learn. Being a part of a cooperative allowed my husband and I to be part of the classroom experience enabling us to see first hand how our boys are learning academically, socially and emotionally in a loving,  play-based setting.

– Katy, Steele parent and board member

I can’t express enough what a great first school experience Steele is for children. It truly is a hidden gem in Denver. Steele prepares students not only academically but because it is play-based, the children leave with great social awareness as well. The teachers are phenomenal and the community is wonderful. Steele will always have a special place in our hearts.

-Carrie, Steele parent

My daughter was a student at Steele for 3 years. She made many friends and loved her teachers most of all. The faculty is very experienced and sent their own children to Steele. Now my daughter is a kindergartener; she came to public school prepared.  She had social skills and introduced her Steele friends to her new friends. Steele Cooperative Preschool set our family on a path for happy life-long learning”

– Carolyn, former Steele parent 

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14 + 4 =

Total Students Enrolled at steele

Classes Available

1:6(or less) adult to child ratio

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Get In Touch

Location: 3746 Grove St, Denver, CO 80211
Telephone: (303) 433-0832

School Hours:
Tadpoles 9:00 am – 11:00 am (Tuesday and Thursday)
Polliwogs AM 8:45
 am – 11:15 am (Monday and Wednesday)
Polliwogs PM
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Tuesday and Thursday)
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Monday and Wednesday) 9:00-1:00 pm (Friday)