ABOUT PCPO

WHAT IS PCPO?

PCPO is a nonprofit organization of more than 50 cooperative preschools and kindergartens with a membership of more than 1,500 children and teachers. 

 

PCPO was founded in 1956 by eight Portland preschools to promote the exchange of ideas among schools and to aid in the forming of new co-ops.   PCPO is an affiliate of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI), whose purpose is to cross state and national boundaries sharing the philosophy that "children, parents, and teachers go to school together, each learning from the other."

WHY CO-OP PRESCHOOLS?

A cooperative preschool is a program that is operated by a group of parents who take an active interest in their children's first educational experience. Parents help the teacher in the classroom, are given opportunities for education, and are involved in decision-making.

 

Benefits a Co-op Preschool Offers Children:

- A wider world to explore and enjoy

- Encourages self-esteem and self-confidence

- Above average adult to child ratio in classroom

- Children play and learn to respect others

- Expressive materials, games and art activities

- Builds a positive attitude towards school 

WHO ARE WE?

PCPO board and employees are current and former preschool parents and teachers (and sometimes alumni!) who are passionate about play-based education and cooperative community. 

2020-2021 PCPO board

President: Laura Dickson 

Treasurers: Andrea Shanafelt and Andy Weibel

Secretary: Kristina Johnson

Amanda Pillsbury

Cathy Vause

Gretchen Baker Anders

Kelli Barnett-Patterson

Nicole Maddox

Penny Berrien

Sam Earle

Sharon Forcum

Hear from a PCPO member about

why their family chose a co-op!

PCPO empowers its members to build and sustain thriving, diverse, cooperative preschool communities where children learn through play.  ​

OUR MISSION

  • Fostering the development and success of cooperative preschools

  • Strengthening and expanding the philosophy of the parent-teacher cooperative

  • Promoting developmentally appropriate play-based preschool programs

  • Supporting member schools to fulfill the mission of providing play-based education

  • Providing and encouraging parent education

OUR VALUES

PCPO assists newly forming schools:

  • How to find a location

  • How to incorporate

  • How to file for tax exempt status

  • How to set up financial records and plan the budget

  • How to write by-laws

  • How to hire a teacher

 

PCPO supports existing schools:

  • New officer training workshops

  • A central file of resource and referral information on many topics

  • Accident, liability, fire, and fidelity bonding insurance to qualified schools

  • Advice and guidance on specific problems

  • Resource Handbook, an annual publication of key information

 

PCPO encourages communication among schools:

  • Six general meetings with breakout groups

  • Teachers' meetings

  • Presidents' council meetings

  • CONNECTION, a weekly newsletter

  • Member Directory, a listing of all member schools 

 

PCPO educates parents and teachers:

  • Annual conference with workshops for parents and educators

  • Teachers' meetings

  • School Crawl

  • Teacher salary survey and contract support

WHAT WE DO

PCPO 

PO Box 885

Beaverton, OR 97075

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