Fort Collins Preschool Association, Inc

A nonprofit organization

Fort Collins Preschool is a unique, cooperative preschool offering play-based curriculum for ages 2-5. Teacher-guided, parent-involved learning provides a supportive, loving, first group-learning experience. We keep tuition low, making early education accessible to all Northern Colorado families.


"A great network of families. I feel very connected to the class. Mrs. Lori Bonnema respects everyone. I love how she greets my child, talks to my child and is so positive and patient." - Pre-K Parent

"As a family that has spent almost four years with Fort Collins Preschool, we couldn't recommend a better school for children and their families. The child-centered philosophy that focuses on learning through play has served our children well and confidently prepared them for Kindergarten. Mrs. Bonnema is a hidden gem in the world of Early Childhood Education! We valued our time spent in the classroom as parents, the familes we met, and the whole experience of a cooperative preschool!" - The Quinn Family

"Fort Collins Preschool is an amazing environment for children. I feel so fortunate to have found such a great teacher and comunity for my child's first early education experience!" - Ashley P., Intermediate Parent

"I'm very glad that we chose Fort Collins Preschool for our daughter because it is a co-op style school. Being able to participate as a teach parent on a rotating basis gives me a chance to see the teacher, students, and learning in action. It is a wonderful way to transition my child into a school environment, while being able to share the experience with her. She loves it when it is Mommy or Daddy's "turn" to go to school with her! I love being able to see for myself how much she has grown and learned throughout the school year firsthand- by comparing my first few teach parent days to those at the end of the year." - Intermediate Parent

"My child has gone from a quiet, reserved person, to an outgoing, friend-making little one! The best surroundings I could have chosen. I love this preschool!" - Intermediate Parent

"Fort Collins Preschool: experience the privilege of being involved in your child's education!" - Intermediate Parent

"I'm so happy my kids have such a warm, positive and content rich introduction to school." - Pre-K Parent

"My daughter felt at home the very first day she entered Mrs. Bonnema's class. As a parent at FCPS, I have not only had the opportunity to share in my child's first school experience, I have found that I am surrounded by an amazing community of parents who support one another." - Jennifer Alexander, Intermediate Parent

"We have enjoyed being a part of FCPS because our children have learned so much from Mrs. Bonnema. It has been a wonderful experience for my children to learn social skills and skill to prepare them for Kindergarten. Children learn how to talk to one another and work out their own problems. They learn how to sit in circle time and listen to a story. They also learn how to follow good directions and self-regulation. My children have benefited tremendously from having Mrs. Bonnema as their first teacher!" - Pre-K Parent

"I Love Fort Collins Preschool. Both my kids have gone there. Mrs. Bonnema is so good with the kids and knowing what they need to grow." - Intermediate Parent

"We originally chose Fort Collins Preschool for our first child because it was so affordable, we fell in love with the school and chose to send our second child there even though we could have afforded other schools. I love the freedom the children are given to explore and play at the FCPS. Mrs Bonnema really works with the children to verbalize any social problems and how to solve them. We are also very happy our first school experience was at a co-op, it may seem like a lot of parental involvement, but it is so important to be involved! Now that my older child is at elementary school, it is very clear that the families that are involved in their child's education have children who succeed. FCPS is a positive place for children and families to start their schooling!" - Tiffany Barnes

"We are very grateful to have found the Fort Collins Preschool and its play-based curriculum. Our son, who had cried every morning in a previous preschool, loves going to school now and his manners and interactions with other children have greatly improved. Mrs. Bonnema is a wonderful teacher and the school environment offers a variety of fun activities for the children. And as it is a cooperative preschool, it is a great opportunity to get to know other families more personally." -Lucile Lunde, Intermediate Parent

"Mrs. Bonnema has been a positive and integral part of my child's development. She has instilled basic values that will serve my son well in kindergarden like listening, patience, following directions, participation and working with children and adults. I feel very lucky to have found FCPS...


Fort Collins Preschool is a unique parent-involved preschool where families work together in a professionally guided preschool program and parents participate in their children's early education. With the training and guidance of our skilled and experienced teachers, parents participate in the classroom about twice a month. Parents share their talents and skills in the classroom, creating a reassuring, warm and fun learning environment.

The mission of Fort Collins Preschool is to provide a supportive and loving first group learning experience. Fun, stimulating activities encourage social growth and enhance cognitive, perceptual and motor skills. Activities at the preschool are designed to meet the developmental needs of each child and offer the child choices in creative use of materials and time spent at each activity.

Parent education is a secondary mission of Fort Collins Preschool. Some of this education takes place directly: invited speakers, a parent library, a monthly newsletter. But much adult learning takes place indirectly, by virtue of being in the classroom under the guidance a trained preschool educator. Positive parenting skills are modeled and reinforced. We have found our preschool a learning experience for children and parents alike. In addition, strong friendships between families in the preschool often flourish and provide the additional support so necessary to parents raising young children.

Objectives of the Fort Collins Preschool:

To provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that will encourage the development of social, cognitive, perceptual and motor skills.

For children to be provided with the opportunity to develop the s

kills necessary to work in a group environment.

For children and parents to recognize the importance of education and the value of working together with other families.

For parents to gain new insights into how children grow and learn.

For parents to accept their child at each stage of development and to help the child grow and develop positively at the child's own pace.

To provide educational and social-emotional support for families with young children.

Background Statement

Established in 1954, Fort Collins Preschool is the oldest preschool in Fort Collins. We are a parent-involved cooperative, offering a strong-play based curriculum for children 2-5.

Organization Data


Organization name

Fort Collins Preschool Association, Inc

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Organization Size

Small Organization


1200 S Taft Hill Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Service areas

Larimer County, CO, US



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