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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Staff Spotlight

Cathy Bodo, School Secretary

Cathy has been the glue holding everyone together for the last two years. She gives, and gets, much joy from greeting families at the gate each day. Her advice? "Let your guard down! We are all here together". Hear more from Cathy here!

Raingarden Construction Has Started

The raingardens will improve water quality in the Pickering Creek watershed, create new native plant and animal habitat, and make our parking area safer.  Donald Pell Gardens began construction on November 1st.

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!


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