The Purple Room

Cindy Shillinger

Cindy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn State and her Master’s Degree in Program Administration from Mt. Vernon College. Cindy has worked in the field of early childhood for over 30 years, having taught at some wonderful programs in Boston and Washington, DC. Cindy has worn many hats at Playschool through the many years that she’s been here (including four years as our Director), but she says teaching is by far the most rewarding!

Cindy lives in Kimberton with her husband, Mike and their three girls who are all Playschool graduates. When not at Playschool, Cindy volunteers with the high school and is involved in her church’s bell choir and Sunday School program. She also serves on Zion Lutheran Preschool's Board of Directors. She loves to bake and follow the Philadelphia Union soccer team. Charlestown Playhouse has a special place in her heart and her hope is that it will hold a special place in your hearts as well. 

Read more about Cindy in our March 2021 Staff Spotlight.

Linda Winicov


Linda grew up in West Caldwell, NJ with her older brother, younger sister and parents who were both teachers. She earned her B.S. in Accounting from Albright College in Reading, PA.  After two children and many years working in the healthcare accounting field in Philadelphia, Linda became a "stay-at-home-mother".  Her involvement with Playschool began as a parent when her youngest was almost three. Soon after he graduated from Playschool Linda was hired to teach here and has been here ever since.

Linda lives in Charlestown with her husband Ted and has three grown children.  When Linda is not at Playschool, one of her favorite places to be is outside trying to garden in their wooded space or redoing something in their house.