About PCPI

PCPI is a non-profit international council dedicated to the family and the community. PCPI represents more than 50,000 families and teachers, providing on-going support to families, educators, and social agencies who recognize the value of parents as teachers of their children and the necessity of educating parents to meet the developmental needs of their children. Membership is open to schools, councils, libraries, and individuals who uphold its purposes. The organization was founded in 1960 on the initiative of Katharine Whiteside Taylor who was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 1996 in recognition of her work on behalf of cooperative child care and preschools.

PCPI supports and encourages

  • Parent involvement,
  • Parent participation, and
  • Parent education in Early Childhood Education programs.


The birth of PCPI was the natural outgrowth of the spread of cooperative preschools. From their beginnings in 1916, cooperative preschools have sought ways to share information and resources.

PCPI Award Winners [doc 87.00 KB]

PLEASE NOTE: the mailing address for PCPI has changed. Requests for publications, membership and other information should go to –

Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI)
PO Box 230327
Portland, OR 97281-0327