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

Laura Sacco, Head of School

The minute I walked into Playschool, I felt like I had arrived home. I stood in the front entranceway, heard the sounds of children echoing through the building and knew that if the walls could talk, they would tell the tale of thousands of children who had passed through these doors. Everything feels real! The hardwood floors, the walls, the railings. You can tell that this program is based on love.

As a preschool teacher and a preschool special education teacher, I have visited hundreds of programs and recognized the high-quality teaching staff, environment, and curricular activities in which the children were engaged. As a daughter of a YMCA director in a turn of the century building, I knew the importance of legacy and as a mother, I knew that my family would embrace the importance of community, and we were drawn to the cooperative spirit of Playschool.

My hope as the Head of School is that we each family will feel the way that I did, that this is home.

Other Event Dates

Valentines Day Mini-Auction: Feb 10-11
Online Auction: March 31- April 3

If you would like to donate an item or service to Auction, or be a Sponsor, please email Allegra at development@charlestownplayhouse.org. It's a great way to support Playschool, and let other alumni know about your business. Many thanks to those who have already donated or sponsored!
Online; Open to the Public  (Link will open Feb. 1)

Earth Day/May Day Activities: April 30 or May 1 TBD
(Alumni, current & prospective families only)

Sale: Opening Day Friday May 13 
(Take-In Days May 10-11; other dates & times will follow).
Open to the Public

Raingardens - Initial Construction Complete

The first round of raingarden and drainage installation was completed by Don Pell Gardens in December.

We will be inspecting their performance and growth throughout the winter and spring, 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 in 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!  


Support Outdoor Learning & Raingardens

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