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Cooperative Preschool

in a Pandemic

What does a preschool do when there's a pandemic? Some offer online classes, some provide activity kits children can do at home, and some do outdoor school! There is no end to the creativity of our PCPO member school teachers and families, and the cooperative spirit is strong as everyone pulls together to do what they can for our youngest learners. 

Enjoy this video of one member school, Portland Tillamook Preschool, who developed a complete outdoor program that engaged both children and their families. 

Self Care in Uncertain Times

Feeling anxious in this unusual time? Wondering how to fit in the demands of parenting and working while in quarantine? Experiencing loneliness due to social distancing? 

Enjoy this brief talk about self care from Lynn Collins, psychologist and former cooperative preschool parent. 

Teaching Preschool in Quarantine

Distance learning with older students is challenging, yet manageable. But how do we reach our youngest learners? Play-based preschool is all about face-to-face connection, exploration of the environment, and building social skills with peers and adults. 

Our cooperative preschool teachers have risen to this challenge, taking learning and relationship-building into a new format. Watch Brooklyn Preschool's Teacher Merry connect with students via zoom. 

If you are a cooperative preschool teacher, how have you adapted to this new learning environment? Share your success stories on our Facebook and Instagram pages! 


For the full 21-22 calendar, please click here

Insurance Info Night

7:00 - 8:00pm

Virtual meeting

This meeting will go over the particulars of our insurance program, requirements for schools, and the insurance renewal application.  Please come with your questions!  

Register here for Insurance Info Night.


PCPO Board Meeting

7:00 - 9:00pm

Virtual meeting

Board meetings are open to all members, and we welcome anyone who is interested in serving the co-op community. Come see who we are and what we do. Learn how you can be more involved with a really fun group supporting cooperative, play-based education! 

Interested in joining the board? Fill out this board interest form. A current PCPO board member will follow up with you. 


PCPO Teachers' Forum

7:00 - 8:30pm

Virtual meeting

PCPO board members (and SWPCC teachers) Amanda Pillsbury and Sharon Forcum will host this forum for all PCPO teachers. There is no structure to the meeting, just a time to talk about school, life, COVID, reopening, and whatever else comes up. PCPO staff will attend for a short time at the beginning to answer any questions. 

Zoom meeting details will be emailed prior to this meeting.



Annual Registration

Please submit all FOUR parts of 2021-22 registration materials

Send by mail:

1. Signed Standards Checklist

2. Registration Payment

Submit online: 

3. Member Registration Form

4. COVID Survey


Thank you for completing registration promptly!  All information is essential so PCPO can communicate effectively about time-sensitive information. Please note fees for materials returned after the deadline: 

After May 5:   $30 fee

After June 30:   Additional $30 fee 

If your school is experiencing challenges, please contact us before the May 5 deadline at


Insurance Renewal

Please send all THREE parts of insurance renewal materials. They must be postmarked by Monday, August 9.

  • Completed Renewal Application

    • Front and back

    • Requires two board officer signatures

  • Signed Insurance Policies

    • Requires two board officer signatures

  • Payment of estimated fees

Please note:

  • Schools that cannot pay entire estimated balance at this time can pay a deposit based on their school size

  • Schools are highly encouraged to pay full balance whenever possible.  This allows us to offer payment plans to schools in need.

If you have any challenges to completing renewal on time, you MUST contact Insurance Director Jo Salicos-Murphy well in advance of the renewal deadline.  There will be a $50 service charge applied for materials postmarked after the 8/9 deadline, and this charge repeats every 2 weeks the materials remain late.