A Cooperative Preschool & Kindergarten Since 1936


Playschool implemented Nature-Based Outdoor Learning this Fall.  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.

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

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Staff Spotlight

Erin Steffy, Green Room

In 2021, we will using our Staff Spotlights to learn more about individual staff, their inspirations, and their incredible resilience in adapting to Outdoor Learning in a pandemic.

What are some of the developmental expectations for children in your group and how do you foster those?

We really focus on, for the younger kids, self-care and independence. Overall, we focus on social and emotional development. This is the foundation for future relationships with friends, teachers and peers. Academics have a purpose and importance but our young students need to learn how to be social beings first! We also focus on conflict resolution, how to be flexible in their play and how to be a part of a group. For most of them this is their first time being a part of something bigger than their family. We teach them how to recognize others’ ideas and feelings. How to make space for everyone and how to listen to one another.

Read the full interview with Erin here.


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.


Seasonal Play

Need an idea for getting outside with your child? See what we are up to at Playschool!

Get inspired here!



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