A Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten Since 1936


We are excited to announce that Playschool will be implementing Nature-Based Outdoor Learning this Fall.  Outdoor learning will ensure the highest levels of safety in response to Covid-19, while enhancing our play-based, child-centered approach. All morning classes will take place outside, rain or shine, using our extensive wooded play-yard and natural materials as the basis for learning. Children will have access to open air, semi-permanent structures for shelter as well as our building in case of weather emergencies.

Our Outdoor Learning Plans are featured in this NBC Philadelphia article and on this MSNBC segment.



Raingarden Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce that we were awarded a Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grant for raingardens and stormwater management in our parking lot.  This will allow us to improve water quality in the Pickering Creek watershed, create new native plant and animal habitat, make our parking area safer, and educate our students, families and the public. We will have a wonderful new area for Outdoor Learning once it is completed next year!

This project has been funded in part by Aqua PA through the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund and the Delaware River Basin Commission. Illustration by Jessica Wolff.


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.

Support Outdoor Learning

Your contribution helps Playschool continue its mission of play based education - outside!

PLEASE NOTE: The Fall Sale is CANCELLED due to the ongoing pandemic.  We just cannot hold such a large gathering under current conditions, or put our volunteers at risk. Thank you for understanding. We hope to see you at a Spring Sale.