Upcoming Events

Summer  & Fall '18- '19 Enrollment

Now enrolling for all classes!!

We are accepting enrollment for the 2018-19 school year for children ages 15 mths -5 years old!    For more information or to schedule a tour please email info@parentcoop.org or call 773-684-6363.

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Help our children grow and learn! Our Parent Co-op for Early Learning is a godsend for working families in the Hyde Park area: affordable, high-quality, play-based education that places its priorities in the right places—top-notch teachers in a safe, nurturing environment without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. Parents lead the school and pitch in to contain costs and stay engaged with their children’s education. Won’t you help us sustain this institution filling a critical neighborhood need? Donate $40 for our first 40 years to help us thrive in the next 40, or $20 to bring us half way there! Go here to donate today! 

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support PCEL every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to PCEL!


Convinced that PCEL is the right place for your little one?  Here is a quick list of application materials and information about what it means to be in the PCEL.

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                 Welcome to Parent Co-Op for Early Learning

                                      Come Learn and Play with Us

The Parent Cooperative for Early Learning (PCEL) is a not-for-profit pre-school designed by working parents, for working families. With parents at the helm, our first priority is to create an environment where our children will thrive, become prepared for elementary school, and enjoy school in a safe and nurturing environment. The school is governed by a board of directors comprised of parents, teachers, and the director.

  • We provide convenient school hours Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • We have experienced, professional classroom teachers, with very low turnover.
  • Our small classrooms provide for an excellent student/teacher ratio.
  • We provide a daily hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks at no additional cost.
  • Children may start before they are potty trained and training is part of the curriculum.
  • Enrichment classes and acitivites are available. 
  • Children have active time with an indoor gym and outdoor play area.
  • The school is fully licensed by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois Department of Children & Family Services.