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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About Parent Co-Op for Early Learning


Mission Statement

The Parent Cooperative for Early Learning (PCEL) is a full-day, year-round preschool, serving families who require care for their children. We are a multicultural community, organized as a cooperative, jointly owned by the families and professional staff. Parent Co-op is a partnership among the families, the teachers, and the community, attending to the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of our growing children with a curriculum grounded in our teachers' knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate.

We depend on one another in order for the school to function smoothly. We value our diversity, family atmosphere, and the opportunities our children have to create, think, solve problems, work, and play cooperatively. Our children develop confidence through mastery and experience trust in a safe environment.


On Being a Parent Cooperative

The Parent Cooperative for Early Learning (PCEL) is a not-for-profit corporation that is collectively owned by our parents, who share the common interests of the care and the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of our children, as well as the smooth and efficient functioning of the corporation. All parents who enroll their children are members of the corporation. Membership is also extended to the professional staff who are entrusted with the daily responsibility for our children and for the day-to-day management of the corporation.

The Cooperative relies on a high degree of involvement from our parents and strong supportive roles from the staff. Parents participate in activities ranging from Board and committee membership, fundraising, and donation of equipment to laundering sheets, making a classroom presentation, or going on a field trip. The partnership is essential for the organization to carry out its mission.