PCPI Publications and Materials

PCPI offers a wide variety of resources to support those who are considering starting a cooperative school as well as cooperative schools that have been in operation for many years.  Below you will find links to articles that can be downloaded at no cost as well as items available for purchase through our online store.  Digital publications and materials are free to members.  Members receive a 20% discount on all other purchases.

Co-oping or Volunteering

What does it really mean to be a co-oping member of a preschool? Lesley Romanoff, Past President of PCPI and Lead Teacher of Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School, shares her thoughts.

Has P-L-A-Y become a Four Letter Word?

Read why play is an integral part of early childhood education in this article from the PCPI archives.

Play Label Downloadables
Play in the Block Corner
Play in the House Corner
Play in the Art Corner
Play in the Writer's Corner

Play Based Vs. Academic Preschools 

Research indicates that preschool children learn best through a play-based curriculum. Read the article by Kathryn Ems, M.S., Past President of Parent Cooperative Preschools International.

For a basic overview of cooperative preschools and child care centers including their structure and benefits, download this PowerPoint presentation.

Online Store

The items are available for purchase as digital downloads with the exception of DVDs and printed promotional flyers, which will be mailed.  Digital products are free to members by using a discount code at check out.  Email enquiries@preschools.coop to request a member discount code     

How to Start a Preschool or Child Care Cooperative (Download)

A basic introduction to the cooperative preschool philosophy and model. Includes sample forms and much more. 

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Sharing Among Us: Parents, Teachers and Children Communicate (Download)

This book is intended for parents and others who work with young children to help in the development of communication skills and the interaction of parents, children and teachers. 

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The ABC's of Cooperative Child Care (DvD)

This provides valuable information to start and run a successful cooperative child care center or preschool. 


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Is This For My Family?
from 15.00

A distinctive promotional flyer explaining the parent cooperative preschool to the general public. (50 copies $15; 100 copies $20; 200 copies $26)

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To request publications by mail, send check or money order made out to PCPI. If paying the membership rate, list the name of the organization or individual holding membership. Please write Materials Order on the outside of the envelope and mail to the following:

PCPI Publications Order
PO Box 230327
Portland, OR 97281-0327