A Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten


At Playschool, our nature-based learning environment ensures the highest levels of safety in response to Covid-19 while enhancing our play-based, child-centered approach. Our morning classes take place both inside and outside, using our extensive wooded play yard and natural materials as the basis for learning. Children have access to our building and our open-air, semi-permanent structures for shelter.  


Charlestown Playhouse is a non-profit, parent-cooperative preschool 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.  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. Founded in 1936, we are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a private academic preschool and kindergarten.

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Staff Spotlight

Rebeca Cutillas, Orange Room Teacher

Are there differences in living in Spain and here in the US?

The most difference I see is that in Spain people tend to stay together, the community is stronger than in this society here, in general. But Playschool is an exception, you know. What is important for the Spanish people is the free time, as much as work, or sometimes even more. Time for gathering and staying with family, quality time with family and friends, for socializing. And here that is less.

But not at Charlestown Playhouse! Charlestown Playhouse is about community and about having fun and getting together. I love it!

Watch or read the full interview with Rebeca here.


Support 85 Years of Play

Your contribution helps Playschool continue its mission of play based education for another 85 years!

85th Anniversary Reunion Weekend

Join us under our beloved Oak tree as we celebrate Playschool and each other! The evening of Saturday, May 21st is a Gala celebration with dining and dancing, followed by a Picnic on Sunday to catch up again with old friends and take time to remember the founding generation.

Click here for all Reunion weekend details and Gala tickets.

We are very grateful to announce a generous endowment of $50,000 gifted in honor of Marilou Hyson by her husband John, and their sons Jeff and Dan, on the occasion of her 80th birthday. The fund honors Marilou's distinguished career and the transformational role of Playschool.

At Playschool I learned about my own children, about how to be a better parent, about what’s involved in being a great teacher, about how communities can nurture people, and about the lasting importance of early childhood development and education. - Marilou Hyson


Sale Dates Announced

Open to the Public. Click HERE to be directed to the Sale website for complete dates and times.


The first round of raingarden and drainage installation was completed by Don Pell Gardens in December. We are inspecting their performance and growth and expect additions and modifications during the next year. The new amphitheater space in the middle will be a sunny gathering space for parents and classes to use this spring. We are looking forward to seeing all the ways we can use and learn from our new raingardens!

This project has been funded in part by AquaPA through the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund and the Delaware River Basin Commission. So many wonderful alumni including the Archie W. and Grace Berry Foundation and Dr. Bradley and Ann Dyer have been strong champions of this project.  We are so grateful for their support.

We would love YOU to be a supporter of this project too!