A Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten


Playschool implemented Nature-Based Outdoor Learning in Fall 2020.  Outdoor learning ensures the highest levels of safety in response to Covid-19, while enhancing our play-based, child-centered approach. All morning classes take place outside, rain or shine, using our extensive wooded play-yard and natural materials as the basis for learning. Children have access to open air, semi-permanent structures for shelter as well as our building in case of weather emergencies. Outdoor Learning was such a positive experience that it will continue as our primary mode for the 2021-22 school year as well, with additional access to the building for severe weather.


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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Carin Smith, Music Therapist

Carin leads students in exploring nature and developing social skills through music.

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