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At Charlestown Playhouse, we believe that it is through play and active involvement with real materials that children learn best about themselves and their world.

Charlestown Playhouse, founded in 1936, is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a private academic preschool and kindergarten. We are a non-profit, parent-cooperative that emphasizes learning through child-centered play, the importance of supporting social and emotional development in young children, the beauty and value of nature and a strong sense of community.

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“I feel as though the fabric of my entire adult life has been woven together with Charlestown Playschool.  Our children and then our grandchildren were Playschool graduates; I have no doubt that this experience made them more intellectually curious, creative, and caring people.  Besides this personal connection, my years as a Playschool parent helper motivated me to pursue a career in early childhood development and education.  At Playschool, I became convinced that—as NAEYC says—“the early years are learning years” with unique importance for later development.  Later as a graduate student, I found strong research support for Playschool’s approach to early childhood education. In my university teaching, writing, and presentations I have often referred to Playschool as a shining example of how to nurture the growth of young children and their families.” 

Marilou Hyson, Ph.D.
Consultant, Early Child Development and Education
Affiliate Faculty, George Mason University
Former Associate Executive Director,
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Former Editor-in-Chief, Early Childhood Research Quarterly

Mission Statement

The mission of Charlestown Playhouse, Inc. is to provide an accessible, safe, and nurturing play-based early childhood program. Our goal is to support both children and their families through their participation in our diverse community.

About Our School

“Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.”

Albert Einstein

Charlestown Playhouse (affectionately known as Playschool) is located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, approximately seven miles from Valley Forge National Park. The building and grounds are in a pleasant country setting on 2½ wooded acres adjacent to the Broadwater Farm property. Our expansive outdoor play area allows ample opportunity for playing and exploring nature.

Charlestown Playhouse provides a nurturing and stimulating environment where children become creative, independent, self expressive and self confident individuals. Our state licensed program is aligned with the PA Early Learning Stand ards for Early Childhood Education.

We offer an exceptional learning environment that supports the whole child’s development and places the needs of the children first by providing a loving, caring, and supportive environment in a developmentally appropriate setting. Our teachers help each child develop positive self-concepts and to embrace the diversity among us all. The school is committed to support a fully inclusive environment for all children. At Playschool each child feels respected, loved, and secure; all the ingredients necessary to be “ready to learn”. Each child leaves our school ready for the new challenges and opportunities of primary education and beyond.

Our Teachers:

  • Celebrate each child’s unique strengths and individuality
  • Recognize and support each child’s emotional needs
  • Support the child’s right to make independent choices and move freely among the various activities offered
  • Respect and act on the child’s ideas
  • Encourage children to become critical thinkers
  • Cultivate the children’s imagination and encourage them to explore their environment

Our Goals:
The goals of our developmentally appropriate co-operative program are the following:

  • To have children learn through the experience of involvement with other people and their environment.
  • To foster social development through learning to negotiate, take turns, and to make friends.
  • To have children learn skills in problem solving and develop critical thinking skills.
  • To provide a positive experience as a basis for future education and learning.
  • To support families in their parenting and help them to learn to participate in their child’s educational experiences.

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History

“The landscape of childhood is the one that remains in your soul.”

Anonymous

Charlestown Playhouse was founded in 1936 by Elizabeth Foster Stonorov, fondly known as “Miss Betty”. Miss Betty was educated at the Bank Street School in New York in the 1930s which formed the foundation for her knowledge of early childhood education. When Miss Betty decided to start her own school she wanted it to be a community where everyone worked together and supported each other. Charlestown Playschool was a “village” many years before that ever became a buzz word. From the beginning, Miss Betty attracted creative experts in the field of young children’s education. People were drawn to her and her program.

Our school has a rich history and the co-operative aspect of our program is our founder’s legacy. A parent from each family is asked to help in one of the classrooms one day per week throughout the school year (although other options are available) and all families are asked to help in other ways throughout the year as well (property maintenance, fund raising events, etc.). The additional parent helpers provide us with higher quality adult-child ratios than required by the state (each of our classrooms typically has 4 adults present daily) which enables our teachers to provide a rich hands-on learning environment with a focus on child-centered activities and individual attention to all learning. This parent involvement contributes greatly to a strong sense of community among our families and staff. In this warm and supportive community, families as well as the children thrive, and friendships made among parents often remain beyond the preschool years of their children. Many of our alumni return to share the school with their own children and to develop and refine their own parenting skills.

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What Is A Cooperative

Charlestown Playhouse is a cooperative in the sense that mothers and fathers, by pooling their skills and labor, work together to create a better school for their children. All policy decisions are made by a board of directors composed of current and former parents, teachers and community members.

All families are asked to contribute a certain amount of time to the school. Four major advantages result from this cooperative system:

  1. A reasonable tuition.
  2. A low child-to-adult ratio in each room. Due to the presence of parent helpers in every classroom, it is possible for the teachers to vary and individualize their programs, giving the children more creative experiences. This wouldn't be possible if the teachers were alone with a group of 15 to 20 preschoolers.
  3. The third advantage is more subtle. Through the years, the Playschool staff has come to believe that parents, by coming once a week to work with a group of preschoolers, learn valuable lessons which they can then apply at home. Wise methods of handling little children are best taught by example and in the relaxed atmosphere of Playschool. Parents gain new insights into the needs and characteristics of all children. For years now, parents have been telling us how much their mornings at Playschool have helped them in their daily lives - and we hope that it will always be so.
  4. We also hope that your child will learn a sense of community and the value of volunteering by watching their parents at Playschool.

Family Envolvement

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”

Fred Rogers

As a parent-cooperative, family involvement is integral to our program and the operation of our school. Volunteering is an important way for families to feel a part of our community. The volunteer opportunities are flexible enough to meet the skills and schedules of all our families and include:

  • Attendance at an orientation meeting
  • Attendance at two work parties (one in spring, one in fall) or providing the equivalent in time spent on other maintenance projects throughout the school year to maintain our building and grounds.
  • Participation in fundraising events; all fundraising projects are planned, organized, and carried out by the families (Holiday Bazaar, Auction Dinner, etc.)
  • Participation in the Charlestown Sale (a bi-annual sale held in the spring and fall)
  • Participation as a classroom helper one day per week (1 per family) or paying for a substitute helper in the case of working parents

Charlestown Playhouse is a community forming experience that encourages and empowers every family to be involved in their children’s education. Families have the option of ‘buying out’ of a portion of the cooperative requirements when necessary due to schedule conflicts. Parents are encouraged to contribute special skills or talents in other areas as well such as music, photography, technology, etc.

Educational Philosophy

“Play is the work of children”

Friedrich Fröbel

The focus of Charlestown Playhouse is learning through play, both indoors and outdoors, with an approach that promotes a positive self-concept.

Our goal is to lay the foundation for the inner strength and resilience necessary for each child to meet the demands of his or her world. We actively acknowledge each child’s need for love and respect. To believe in themselves, children need to feel that the adults around them believe in them as separate individuals with a right to form their own opinions, express their own desires and make their own mistakes.

Children are given the time and encouragement to do things for themselves and thus gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. A relaxed and supportive atmosphere provides security. Children discover who they are and learn to express their creativity while developing patterns of behavior that are socially acceptable to peers and adults.

The teachers at Playschool implement this philosophy by respecting each child’s individuality and providing an environment which fosters the imaginative play that enables children to try out different roles, act out inner feelings and have new experiences in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance in a way that respects each child's individuality and interests.

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Our Curriculum

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The curriculum of Charlestown Playhouse is based on the belief that children learn through play. Our curriculum integrates the developmentally appropriate framework of the Creative Curriculum (Trister-Dodge, 2007) as well as the guiding principles of the “Position Statement on Play” from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 2009), into the core of an emergent curriculum.

Our teachers then implement both an emergent curriculum, taking ideas and current interests directly from the children and providing activities which explore these emerging themes and subjects, and a thematic curriculum which includes activities that the teachers recognize as interesting and engaging to children. Hands-on activities with real materials and child-initiated activities are encouraged and supported by the teachers. Activities are open-ended: children work at their own pace and learn in the manner in which they are best suited. Active play is balanced with quiet play; routines are balanced with new experiences.

The curriculum includes daily activities in the areas of language, art, dramatic play, music, science, and math, which are designed to foster growth and creativity within each child in many areas of development such as:

  • Emotional: The staff helps children understand their emotions and find acceptable ways to express them. The staff is skilled in positive discipline techniques and appropriate limit setting.
  • Social: Inter-personal skills are learned by resolving conflicts in positive and constructive ways through problem solving and communication, and by making friends with children of diverse backgrounds so that they become confident and capable individuals who respect others and embrace differences.
  • Cognitive: The staff uses a variety of engaging activities so that the children become excited and confident learners in literacy (reading and writing readiness), pre-math, science, the creative arts and all areas of the curriculum.
  • Physical: Our program helps build healthy bodies and encourages the development of physical skills, a love of outdoors, and a sense of wonder and respect for nature. Large motor proficiency is acquired from climbing, running, and biking. Small motor dexterity is developed with the use of puzzles, manipulatives, and the expressive arts (drawing, painting, gluing, etc.).
  • The curriculum is age appropriate, recognizing the predictable sequence of growth and development of young children, respecting the way children think, feel and interact and acknowledging each child’s unique abilities.

The children are given opportunities to develop their social and emotional skills through imaginative play, role-play, group activities, and interactive participation. Circle/group time and a variety of activity centers stimulate cognitive development and incorporate various developmental skills through the use of art medium, natural resources, stories, and music.

All of our classes learn through physical play and an abundance of experiential activities which weave meaning into learning. Every classroom has equipment for developing gross motor skills as well as a variety of materials for stimulating fine motor development. Each day is a different adventure that nourishes language and cognitive development through cooperative play, arts and crafts, stories, music, and a variety of activities that provide the children the opportunity for having fun and making friends in a nurturing environment. Curiosity is enhanced through science and discovery activities and through field trips throughout the year (depending on the age level).

Our Classes

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Classes Charlestown Playhouse provides a five-day-a-week morning program for five classes. In addition, we offer an Extended Care program which ends at 3:00 PM.

Children aged 2 years 7 months through kindergarten are placed into one of five classrooms: the Yellow Room, the Purple Room, the Green Room, the Orange Room, and the Blue Room/Kindergarten.

The Playschool year runs from late September through late June. Optional summer camp sessions run in June and July.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Conferences are scheduled twice yearly to communicate child progress and growth. Teachers are available throughout the year for additional parent communication via e-mail and meetings.

Our Staff

Our Directors

Amy Saia, Ed. D. (Education Director): Amy is in her 37th year as an early childhood educator and holds a doctorate in curriculum development and child and youth studies. She is a full time professor at Community College of Philadelphia and West Chester University; her work in early childhood education, specifically in professional development, takes her regionally, statewide, and nationally. Amy is the mother of 5 children ages 18 to 29.

Faith Koons (Administrative Director): Faith is in her 23rd year on the Playschool staff, having taught for 16 years before becoming our Administrative Director, and she attended Playschool as a child herself. Faith is the mother of 2 grown daughters who also attended Playschool.



Our Teachers

We take pride in the dedication and commitment of our teaching staff. Several of our staff members have been with Playschool for over 16 years, several for more than 10 years, and one for over 50 years! Each classroom is staffed with a lead teacher and a co-teacher or teaching assistant and two parent helpers. The presence of accredited staff, knowledgeable assistants and dedicated parent helpers in each classroom allows Playschool to offer the excellent child/adult ratio (4:1 or 5:1) that makes our unparalleled child-driven curriculum and activities possible.

Sale Calendar

September:

  • 8, 9 Sat/Sun FALL WORK PARTY
  • 12 Wed Get-Acquainted LEAGUE MEETING 12:30PM
  • 13 Thu OPEN HOUSE 6:30-8:45PM
  • 12,13,14 Wed/Thu/Fri Pre-Conferences (Yellow, Purple, Green & new Afternoon Blue children)
  • 17 Mon CLOSED for Teacher In-Service
  • 18 Mon FIRST DAY for STUDENTS (Yello Room children follow separate schedule

October:

  • 3 Wed HELPING HANDS 6:30-8PM (Required for all Classroom Helpers, All are welcome)
  • 10 Wed LEAGUE MEETING 12:30PM (All invited!)
  • 15 Mon CHARLESTOWN SALE Move-In Day
  • 28 Sun CHARLESTOWN SALE Move-Out Day

November:

  • 1 Thu FAMILY FORUM EVENING 6:30-8:00PM
  • 7,8,9 Wed/Thu/Fri CLOSED FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
  • 14 Wed LEAGUE MEETING 12:30PM (All invited!)
  • 17 Sat RAKING PARTY 9:00AM-Noon
  • 21 Wed THANKSGIVING FEAST 10:30AM (AM and PM classes)
  • 22,23 Thu/Fri CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

December:

  • 1 Sat HOLIDAY BAZAAR
  • 12 Wed HOLIDAY LEAGURE MEETING 12:30PM (All invited!)
  • 18 Tue WINTER VACATION BEGINS AT 3:00PM

CLASSROOM CLEANING PARTIES (to be scheduled by Room parents during holiday break)

January:

  • 2 Wed RETURN FROM WINTER BREAK
  • 16 Wed LEAGUE MEETING 12:30 PM (All invited!)
  • 21 Mon CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HOLIDAY
  • 24 Thu FAMILY FORUM EVENING 6:30-8:00PM

February:

  • 18 Mon CLOSED FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY
  • 20 Wed LEAGUE MEETING (Time TBA - All invited!)

March:

  • 1 Fri FOUNDER'S DAY
  • 6,7,8 Wed/Thu/Fri CLOSED FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
  • 6,7,8 Wed/Thu/Fri BOOK FAIR DURING CONFERENCES
  • 20 Wed LEAGUE MEETING 12:30PM (All invited!)
  • 22 Fri SPRING VACATION BEGINS AT 3:00PM

April:

  • 1 Mon CLOSED FOR STAFF IN-SERVICE
  • 2 Tue RETURN FROM SPRING VACATION
  • 17 Wed LEAGUE MEETING/FAMILY FORUM EVENING 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • 22 Mon TENTATIVE SALE Move-In Day

May:

  • 5 Sun TENTATIVE SALE Move-Out
  • 8 Wed MAY DAY celebration 10:45 All Classes (Tentative date-weather permitting)
  • 15 Wed HONOREE LEAGUE MEETING 12:30PM
  • 18,19 Sat/Sun SPRING WORK PARTY
  • 24 Fri LAST DAY EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
  • 27 Mon CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
  • 28 Tue JUNE CAMP BEGINS (Optional afternoon program for morning students)

June:

  • 1 Sat JUNE PARTY 2PM to 6pm
  • 5 Wed ANNUAL MEETING 7:30pm
  • 13 Thu LAST DAY OF AFTERNOON CLASS and JUNE CAMP
  • 14 Fri BLUE ROOM GRADUATION CELEBRATION 10AM
  • 14 Fri MORNING SCHOOL ENDS AT 11AM (No driveway dismissal)
  • 14 Fri NO AFTERNOON CLASSES
  • 14 Fri 11:00 FAREWELL PICNIC (All invited)
  • 17 Mon SUMMER CAMP BEGINS

CLASSROOM CLEANING PARTIES (to be scheduled by Room parents)

July:

  • 12 Fri SUMMER CAMP ENDS

Playschool reserves the right to amend this calendar. Revised 08/08/11

Frequently Asked Questions

A play-based curriculum seems so unstructured - is there any stucture?

We make a distinction between structure and control. We "structure" the environment and the children control how/when/where they play.

Do you teach phonics, numbers or the ABCs?

We don't drill the children and there are no worksheets. Our days are full of rhymes, chants, language, and conversation. To sit children down and "teach" language and math takes those things out of the context of everyday life and it is not how young children learn. Children learn, and retain more of what they have learned, by doing. A Dutch study showed that only 7% of what you convey using verbal communication sticks. (Hannah de Vos-Beckers, Director of Aventurijn)

Do you teach the children to read?

What has to come first before a child learns to read, is having experiences to attach words to and pictures on the walls of their mind. “Teaching” young children to read is an example of how some educators tend to get things in the wrong order.

What about discipline? Do you use "time-outs?"

We believe that the best discipline is self-discipline. When children are in conflict, we:

  • interrupt any unsafe situation
  • focus on helping the victim (vs. simply punishing the perpetrator)
  • help the perpetrator to learn socially acceptable responses to conflict
  • redirect when necessary, allow natural consequences to develop
  • move on without humiliating the children
  • recognize that self-regulation is a long process and that growth happens bit by bit

How do the children do when they go on to first grade?

Children leave our program with a greater self confidence, better critical thinking skills, and more advanced social skills than those from other kindergarten programs. Stop for a moment and think of all the things your child has learned to do all on their own: talk, walk, feed themselves, dress themselves, wash. Parents and some educators seem to stress over children being able to sit, for instance, when they reach first grade. You have to decide if that's really what you want for your child to do or whether it is your belief that where your child is right now developmentally is truly how they learn best.

What do I do with my younger child on my Helper Day?

Families who have younger children who are not yet eligible to attend Playschool may choose to participate in Shared Care with other families. Shared Care is coordinated by families working together to care for each other’s children at home so that parents are free to help in a classroom once a week. The caregivers receive the same co-op credit for remaining at home caring for other children as if they were helping in a classroom. Some families alternate between helping at Playschool and caring for the younger children. Playschool provides contact information to families interested in sharing care of their younger children.

Enrollment Overview

ADMISSIONS
The following criteria are used to determine which children we admit to the school:

  1. Age: Under current Pennsylvania regulations, the minimum age for admission into nursery school may not be less than 2 years 7 months before the first day of school.
  2. Previous enrollment of a family member: Preference is given to siblings or children of current or former Playschool families; otherwise, the applications are reviewed in the order in which they were submitted.
  3. Application Date: Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year for the current or future years. Children are admitted on a first-come, first served basis, based on the original date of application (except for siblings of alumni). Once all openings are filled, any remaining applications are placed on a waiting list. Applicants on the waiting list are offered enrollment in the program as space becomes available.

Notification of admittance into Charlestown Playhouse is typically via US mail.

Returning families must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 by March 31st in order to hold a space for their child for the upcoming school year.

ENROLLMENT
A signed acceptance and a non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 must be received within 14 days of the written notification of admission in order for the space to be held. This tuition deposit will be credited toward your final tuition payment. If the tuition deposit is not received within 14 days, the offer for enrollment is withdrawn and the space is offered to a child on the waiting list.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2014 - 2015 school year is $3350 per child.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Charlestown Playhouse is a 5-day program. Children may attend less than 5 days per week although there is no reduction in tuition. Exceptions to this rule may be made for children who attend prescribed part-time early intervention programs in other locations.

Charlestown Playhouse offers three tuition payment plan options:

  • One annual payment, due August 1st
  • Two biannual payments, due August 1st and January 1st
  • Enrollment in an automated debit program which includes ten monthly payments, the first payment due August 1st and the last due May 1st which are debited from the checking or savings account of your choice.

During the period between January and March the Board of Directors determines the tuition for the following year and returning families are notified of any changes.

FINANCIAL AID
Charlestown Playhouse, Inc., through the generosity of current and former members of the school and with funds made available to us through Charlestown Playhouse League (our parent/teacher association) and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit scholarship program (E.I.T.C.), is able to offer need-based assistance to a limited number of eligible families in the form of partial or full tuition scholarships depending on the amount of funds available in a school year. Financial aid applications are distributed annually to all enrolled families.

Donations

“If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.”

Pearl S. Buck

It is through the generosity of our community of alumni, friends and neighbors that we are able to continue the vision of our founder, Elizabeth Stonorov (Miss Betty), of a cooperative preschool community that offers a nurturing and engaging program for children.

Every gift to Charlestown Playhouse makes a profound difference to the school. It not only helps support the improvement of our facilities and programs, but reminds us how important Playschool is to those whose lives are impacted by our work.

Donors may make a tax-deductible gift today any of the following ways:

  • Make a secure donation online to Charlestown Playhouse through JustGive.org by clicking here:
  • Send a check, made out to “Charlestown Playhouse”, to:
    Charlestown Playhouse
    2478 Charlestown Road
    Phoenixville, PA 19460
  • Make the most of a corporate matching gift program. Many corporations will match contributions to non-profit organizations. If yours does, contact your employer for the appropriate paperwork so that your donation makes an even larger impact.
  • Participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). The EITC program provides tax credits to eligible businesses who contribute to schools that qualify. Charlestown Playhouse uses these contributions to provide tuition assistance in the form of scholarships to eligible students. Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.
  • Call the school office at 610-933-2762

Charlestown Playhouse, Inc is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax deductible. Donors will be mailed a letter for their tax records.

We gratefully thank you for your support!

Fundraising

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

G. K. Chesterton

Charlestown Playhouse League (our Parent/Teacher/Alumni group) sponsors a variety of fundraisers each year, a Holiday Bazaar in the fall, an Auction Dinner in the spring, a Book Fair in the spring, and additional product fundraisers throughout the year. Please visit our calendar page for the dates for these events, and please contact us for information regarding product sales.

Merchandise

Please contact us for pricing and ordering information.

Miss Betty's Jeep & Other Songs for Kids CD Created by Eric, Zak & Lynn Miller. Contains the hit single "Miss Betty's Jeep" (beep beep beep!)
Playschool Notecards / Postcards. (10 per box) These Cards are printed on high quality note stock, are blank inside, and include envelopes. Please specify notecards or post cards when you order.
Playschool Wooden Keepsake 9" x 3 1/2" x 3/4" Makes a great present!
Playschool Prints (11"x15")
Playschool T-Shirt 6 oz. 100% cotton pre-shrunk Sizes: Youth or Adult S,M,L
Polo Style Shirts (two button) 100% cotton shirts by IZOD Sizes:Youth S,M,L and Adult S,M,L,XL,XXL Colors: White with Blue Logo or Blue with White Logo
Playschool Sweatshirt 9.5 oz 50/50 Cotton/Poly (warm, cozy blend that resists stains) Sizes: Youth and Adult S,M,L

About Charlestown Sale

The Charlestown Sale is a multi-family consignment sale held for the benefit of Charlestown Playhouse, a non-profit parent-cooperative play-based preschool and kindergarten. The Sale is held twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, and is organized and run by a committee of volunteers with the help of parents from the school. All workers at the Sale are volunteers.

The general public is encouraged to consign or donate items to the Charlestown Sale. Donations are accepted at the school at 2478 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA (Charlestown Township). Consigners may bring their items for consignment directly to the Sale location at the Kimberton Firehouse Fairgrounds on the "Take-In" day listed on the sale calendar. If an article is sold, the owner (consigner) receives 60% of the price he has set and Charlestown Playhouse receives 40%.

Don't forget to sign up for the sale email list. You'll automatically be notified of upcoming sale dates, times and other important information.

Donations:

If you are donating items, please do so well before the Sale. Donations may be brought directly to:

Charlestown Playhouse
2478 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

We sincerely appreciate your donations and support of our school, however please note that WE WILL BE VERY STRICT ABOUT WHAT WE WILL ACCEPT! Thank you for your understanding.

CHARLESTOWN PLAY HOUSE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN CASE OF LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY ARTICLE. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO RETURNS AND NO REFUNDS. ALL ARTICLES ARE SOLD AS IS.

General Information:
We accept:

  • jewelry
  • clothing
  • bric-a-brac
  • toys
  • furniture
  • books
  • household items
  • linens

All items must be CLEAN, IN GOOD CONDITION AND IN WORKING ORDER, or they will be rejected.

IF ITEMS DO NOT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS, THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISPOSE OF THEM.

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT


General
  • out-of-season clothing
  • adult shoes
  • non-working appliances
  • large appliances
  • exercise equipment
  • venetian blinds
  • wigs
  • mattresses
  • bed pillows
  • dried flowers
  • stuffed animals
  • mugs/glasses with logos
  • bowling balls
  • sewing machines
  • luggage
  • baskets
  • hampers
  • some books
Baby Equiptment
  • bathtubs
  • pottys
  • diaper pails
  • diaper genie
  • swings
  • car seats
  • some cribs (see below)
Hardware
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • automotive
  • tires
Cleaning
  • vacuums
  • brooms
  • mops
  • ironing boards
Electronics
  • computers
  • office equipment
  • stereo equipment
  • cassette tapes
  • speakers
  • fax machines
  • copiers
  • printers
  • tv's
  • vcr's
  • VHS tapes
  • dvd players
  • monitors

Note: Cribs will NOT be accepted IF the space between the slats is more than 2-3/8 inches and/or IF there are knobs on the top corners.

Sale Calendar

Charlestown Playhouse Sale
Kimberton Fire Company and Fairgrounds
Rt. 113 and Firehouse Lane, Kimberton

SPECIAL ONE-DAY EARLY BIRD SALE
Wed. Oct 16th, from 9:30 - 4, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!

This Special One-Day Sale prior to our regular Opening Day will include a wide variety of merchandise and shoppers will have an opportunity to get some great deals before the big crowds come on Saturday for the regular Opening Day!

Fall Sale 2013 Dates & Times

October 2013
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
EARLY BIRD SALE (open to public)
9:30am - 4pm
(NO Strollers before Noon)
Consignor's Take In
9:30am - 5pm
Closed Opening Day
9:30am-6pm
(NO Strollers before Noon)
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Sale
10am - 4pm
Sale
9:30am - 4pm
Sale
9:30am - 8pm
Last Day of Regular Sale
9:30am - 4pm
Closed Closed
9:00am - 2pm (Consignor Pay-Off Only)
50/50 Sale
9:30am - 5pm (NO Strollers before Noon)
27 28 29
Bag Sale
9:30am - 11am

Donations accepted at the School through Oct 9th.

NO Strollers before Noon on Early Bird Sale Day, Opening Day, or 50/50 day. Thank you for your cooperation!!

Consigner Take-In Day:

  • YOU MAY CONSIGN ITEMS ONLY ON THURSDAY, APRIL 25th
  • Please check at the front desk for information regarding bringing additional articles.

Opening Day:

  • NO STROLLERS OR BABY CARRIAGES - FROM 9:30 AM TO NOON ON OPENING DAY

Pay-Off Day:

  • Nothing will be sold this day. Consigners may come in during these hours for your check and the tags from your sold items, and to pick-up unsold items.
  • Any items not claimed by 2:00 pm will be given to our special 50/50 Day Sale, with the entire proceeds going to Charlestown Playhouse.
  • Your check can be mailed to you only if you provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
  • NO TAGS WILL BE MAILED

50/50 Day Sale:

  • NO STROLLERS OR BABY CARRIAGES - FROM 9:30 AM TO NOON ON 50/50 Day
  • Items costing $5.00 or more will be 50% off
  • Items costing $1.00-$4.99 will be .50¢
  • Items costing .99¢ or less will be .10¢

Bag Sale:

  • $5 a bag

Consignment Sale

Items

  • Click here for a list of items we accept/don't accept.

Consignment Fee

  • There will be a $5.00 fee for all consigners. This is due when you deliver your items and register at the desk. We reserve the right to charge a higher consignment fee for an extremely large quantity of items.
  • DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS AT SALE WITHOUT HAVING THEM CHECKED BY A SALE COMMITTEE MEMBER.
  • PLEASE CHECK AT FRONT DESK BEFORE BRINGING IN ANY LARGE ITEMS TO BE SURE WE HAVE SPACE.

Presentation of Items

  • When you deliver your clothing it must be on hangers and sorted by size and category. DO NOT put slacks and skirts on hangers unless they are part of a suit. Please put children’s clothing on hangers, too. All items must be in style, in season, and clean. (i.e. No summer clothing at fall Sale)

Limits Per Sale
Due to limited space and help, it is necessary to set the following limits:

  • Consigners may bring in 12 total pieces of women’s clothing made up of the following: women’s pants, women’s sweaters, women’s dresses/suits, women’s skirts, women’s tops/blouses, women’s blazers/jackets/coats. All teen clothing is considered adult.
  • WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT THE QUANTITY OF ANY ITEMS, IF SPACE IS NOT AVAILABLE.

Pricing

  • PRICE YOUR ITEMS TO SELL!!
  • Prices must be in multiples of 25¢. For example:.25, .50, .75, etc.
  • DO NOT USE 9's (as in .39, .79, etc.). Prices have to begin at 25¢.
  • Think reasonable pricing - you do want your items to sell! Think what you would pay for the item!!!

TAGGING
(NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE)
BEFORE REGISTERING TAGS MUST BE CHECKED BY A MEMBER OF THE SALE COMMITTEE For your protection, we ONLY accept items that are tagged in the following manner:

  • All items must be tagged prior to arrival at the Sale.
  • CD's and DVD cases must be taped shut using clear tape. Tags must be taped to the case using clear tape. Do not use masking tape.
  • You MUST use string tags with the tag portion at least 1-1/2 inches long. You may make or buy them. If you make them, the tag must be made out of heavy paper, not cardboard. Tie strings as short as possible when attaching to items. Use Post-its ONLY on books, magazines, videos, DVDs and cassettes.
  • Each item must have a tag. The tag must be on the item, not on hanger, bag or container. For two-piece items put a tag on each piece, BUT list the price on only one tag. DO NOT USE MASKING TAPE TO TAG CLOTHING. Clear packing tape can be used to attach your tags to hard items.
  • NO staples or straight pins. Safety pins only. NO duct tape or scotch tape to secure tags!
  • The tag must have BOTH your first and last names. NO CODE NAMES OR INITIALS. Name and price on both sides is helpful. Put a SPECIAL personalized mark on BOTH sides of each tag and on post-it notes used on books and magazines. Be creative - you can use a stamp or draw this special mark yourself. *FOR YOUR PROTECTION, YOU MUST PUT A DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM ON THE TAG GIVING SIZE, COLOR, SEX, AND BRAND NAME if applicable.
  • DO NOT MAKE THE STRINGS TOO LONG, THEY TANGLE, ESPECIALLY ON JEWELRY.
  • No jewelry in plastic bags.
  • Items with many pieces, such as games, toys or puzzles should be boxed or in a CLEAR plastic bag and securely tied with tag on outside.
  • Items in a box must have a tag on the item itself (not on the box).
  • Linens and curtains: Items must be on hangers with measurements indicated on the tag. The tag MUST be pinned on the item, NOT on the hanger. Linen sets must be pinned together. Baby linens must be on hangers, also.
  • BOOKS and magazines MUST have a Post-it Note on the inside page of the front cover - no other label will be accepted (do not put tape on post-its). Mark each book and magazine individually. No stained or mildewed books will be accepted.
  • Neckties and belts are to be priced individually.

If you wish to change the price on an item after it has been consigned, YOU MUST USE A NEW TAG. -- PRICE CHANGES ON TAGS WILL NOT BE HONORED -- NO WHITE-OUT!

Directions To Sale

From Malvern:Follow Route 29 North to left at light at Pothouse Road (Phoenixville). Follow Pothouse Road to Rt. 113(second light), left onto Route 113 to Kimberton Fairgrounds, Firehouse Lane on right.

For directions from other areas please visit www.kimbertonfire.org

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“When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.”

Fred Rogers

Directors:
Faith Koons and Amy Saia, Ed.D

Email:
charlestown.playhouse@verizon.net

Phone:
610-933-2762

Mailing and Street Address:
2478 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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drive around safe

The goal of Drive Around Safe and Sound: The Charlestown Playhouse Initiative for Child and Commuter Safety is to create a new, safer drop-off area for children at Charlestown Playhouse and a safer driving experience on Charlestown Road for all community members and commuters during the twice-daily drop off and pick up time periods at the school.

At the end of 2012, the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened a new entrance less than 2.5 miles from our school. This created a dramatic increase in commuter traffic, which accompanied by the coming expansion of Route 202, has created a projected outcome by PennDOT of up to a 100% increase of commuter traffic on Charlestown Road. As a result, the school's current parking and drop off areas have become increasingly hazardous, especially in severe weather.

What can you do to support the Drive Around Safe and Sound Initiative

  • Make a tax-deductible donation. Drive Around Safe and Sound is the key focus of all strategic planning and fundraising beyond basic operating expenses for 2014.
  • Contact us about other kinds of community support. Make an in-kind donation or notify us if you know a company that may donate materials, have expertise in construction, marketing or development. Every volunteer in this capacity keeps our administrative costs at a minimum so that all money raised goes directly to construction.

It is not often that we get to make such a big difference in our surroundings. Let’s create a new drop-off and parking area that we can tell our kids we helped create as a community and will sustain the Playschool for another 75 years!

Learn about the progress of this initiative

This capital campaign represents the biggest undertaking Playschool has ever taken in its 75-year history. The work began in 2011 and continues. Our goal is to have the project completed in time for the first day of school, September 15, 2014.

2014

  • The architectural plans were approved by the Charlestown Board of Supervisors in February.
  • Parent volunteers have researched and submitted several grant applications.
  • Parent volunteers began planning in support of Charlestown Community Day on October 4th, where Playschool will be the beneficiary of sponsorships and runner registrations for the 5K race.
  • The Board has received bids by outside contractors for the construction project.
  • The Board is investigating financing options from local banks.

2013:

  • Playschool Board began to inform the entire Playschool community
  • At the Spring 2013 Auction, “Launch A Cause” raised $15,000 from families, staff, supporters and 100% Board participation, enabling Playschool to pay for the initial phase: permitting fees, PennDOT Studies, escrow fees and engineering fees.

2011-2012:

  • Parent volunteers researched feasibility, created an initial engineering plan, and engaged a consultant. Thousands of dollars of in-kind work went into the research and design.
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