A Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten


At Playschool, the outdoor environment is the foundation for 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, and hold a license with the PA Department for Human Services for childcare as well.

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Support 85 Years of Play

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

Find all details about Consigning and Donating HERE.

We are currently accepting donations in the POD in our Parking Lot, located at 2478 Charlestown Rd, until April 14th.

From April 15-18, we will accept donations at the Sale location in Building A, Kimberton Fairgrounds.

The Architecture of Playschool

Join us for a discussion about the early days of Playschool and how Miss Betty's vision of progressive education was brought to life in the spaces designed by her husband Oskar Stonorov.

Thursday, May 9th at 7pm

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