Why Join?

By joining PCPI, your school stakes a claim. By joining, we tell legislators and other education stakeholders that we stand together to support parent involvement, parent education, and play-based early childhood education. There are over 8,000 cooperative schools just in North America. Many of these schools have been successfully operating for 50 years and longer. Research supports play-based models built upon a foundation of partnership between families and teachers. Even though legislators and education advocates know that family involvement in a play-based model is directly connected to success in lifelong learning, they cannot find a single resource that tells this story even though so many schools have been doing this very thing for decades!

By joining, you increase your presence and ours with education stakeholders and prospective families. The parent cooperative model becomes one of the pillars that support early childhood education along with Montessori, Reggio-inspired, and Waldorf programs. We hope our member directory will shout this story from the mountaintop! Without this, our voices are simply lost in the crowd.

Together we are stronger.



    The Many Benefits of Membership

    • Networking with cooperative schools internationally
    • Subscription to Cooperatively Speaking
    • Listing in the member directory including links to schools and councils
    • Access to online discussion group
    • E-mail advice from experienced co-op leaders
    • Publications at member prices
    • Awards program for volunteers and employees
    • Subscription to NCBA Cooperative Business Journal
    • Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary (Canada)
    • Becky Allen Parent Education Grant (United States)
    • Student Accident Insurance Program (U.S. members only)
    • Marika Townshend Travel Grants to attend PCPI annual meetings
    • Cooperative Spirit Award 


    Find your place...

    Becoming a member is easy.  Select the membership type that's right for you, click Add to Cart, and you're on your way.  If you prefer, you can download and print a school membership form and mail it in with a check.

    Individual Membership (Annual)

    All Benefits and Voting Privileges


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    School Membership (Annual)

    All Benefits, Voting Privileges and Extra Copies of the Newsletter and Directory

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    Council Membership (Annual)

    All Benefits, Voting Privileges and Extra Copies of the Newsletter and Directory

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    Individual Membership (Lifetime)

    All Benefits, Voting Privileges, and Lifetime Membership

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    Library Membership (Annual)

    Directory, Newsletter, Member Price on Publications and Resource Catalog

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    Sponsorship (Annual)

    All Benefits and One Business Card Size Advertisement in the PCPI Directory (2”x3”)

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    Get Involved

    PCPI needs your support. We are a volunteer-run association and we would like you to help us in our work supporting cooperative preschools. And, we believe that once you get to know us and our passion for cooperative preschools, you will find your time with PCPI very rewarding.


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    Become a PCPI Sponsor

    Sponsorship (Annual)
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    If you share our vision of placing a priority on family involvement in play-based early childhood education, let our members know by becoming a PCPI sponsor.  The benefits of sponsorship are listed below, and we welcome the opportunity to answer your questions.

    Informational Benefits

      • Receive regular issues throughout the year of our electronic PCPI newsletter, Cooperatively Speaking
      • Receive an annual PCPI Member Directory available to download as a pdf

      Event Benefits

      • One complimentary registration for the PCPI Annual Meeting
      • Invitation to the PCPI Annual meeting luncheon with an opportunity to address attendees
      • Inclusion of a sponsor representative as an event chair or co-chair
      • Inclusion of logo on all event marketing materials
      • Opportunity to distribute marketing collateral at the PCPI Annual Meeting

      Marketing Opportunities

      • Recognition on PCPI's website and social media platforms
      • Inclusion in the print and electronic PCPI Member Directory, published and distributed annually to members, sponsors and affiliates
      • Business profile published in Cooperatively Speaking, the monthly newsletter of PCPI
      • Inclusion in press releases and event programs
      • Recognition by event speakers during the PCPI Annual Meeting

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