The Cooperative School's mission statement encourages us to extend our community beyond the walls of our school. Our blog, Growing Together, along with our social media outlets helps us accomplish this through increasing our virtual footprint.

We also open our doors for collaboration tours and mentorship with parents, visiting educators, and play advocates.

Open Community Events, Kaffeeklatsches, Topics in Early Childhood

Topics in Early Childhood (RSVP:

May 17, 2017, 7:30pm

Free Parent Night Discussion, The Social and Academic Benefits of a Play-based Prekindergarten experience. For parents of almost 4- and 5-year olds.

  • Would you like to give your child the gift of another year of play before he or she begins kindergarten?
  • Are you having second thoughts about sending your almost five-year-old to kindergarten in the fall?
  • Does your child's current nursery school utilize traditional academic activities in place of playful learning that research shows actually leads to higher future academic success?

Upcoming Events (RSVP:

January 14, 2017

Literacy Development; Playful learning. How children learn to read along with tips and tools for nurturing literacy development. Presented by Aimee Domire, Educator and Cooperative School Parent.

February 11, 2017

Family Stories: Creating a Family. How to share these stories within the family and with others. A panel discussion featuring Beth Wheeler (Cooperative School alum) and Andrea McDougall (Cooperative School alum and teacher).

March 10, 2017

Scaffolding Dramatic Play. Recreating the Golden Age of Childhood in our neighborhoods. Presented by Lesley Romanoff, Director Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School.

May 13, 2017 — Back by popular demand!

Babysitting Training for Preteens and Teens. Back by popular demand. Babysitting tips using the Cooperative School model. Presented by Lesley Romanoff, Director Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School.

Past Events: 

Picky Eaters Versus Problem Feeders; When Children Won't Eat. Practical and developmentally-appropriate tips for creating a positive experience for eating. Presented by Teri Kozlowski, Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Building Numeracy with Loose Parts; Adding Math into Play. Using loose parts in the classroom and home to promote mathematical thinking. Presented by Aimee Domire, Educator and Cooperative School parent.

Exploring Pediatric Acupuncture, Alternatives & Solutions, Guest Speaker, Risi Idiokitas L.Ac., MSTOM

How Play-based Early Childhood Programs Prepare Children for Kindergarten (and Life), Guest Speaker, Neela Seldin

Educator Collaboration Tours

We are a community of learners. We feel there is mutual benefit in opening our doors to other educators. Our practice is improved through sharing and dialogue. Connect with our parent-participatory model and educational model through thematic tours. Collaboration tour visitors must be educators or board members of a parent cooperative school. Tours are booked in advance and focus on a theme. Time within each tour is allotted for written feedback.

Thematic tours include Loose Parts Inside and Outside the ClassroomParent Involvement: Cultivating CommunityIntegrated Arts-based CurriculumInclusion: Everyone Gets What They Need, and Assessment: Reflective PracticesContact: Lesley Romanoff, School Director

Professional Development

The Cooperative School’s mission sets us on a path of sharing. We wish to further the exploration of progressive early childhood education, the parent-participatory model, and best practices in an arts-based, inclusive learning environment.

Our teachers will hold workshops with your staff at your school or at our location for a fee (fee is based on materials, number of participants, and travel). Workshops include Scaffolding Play with Loose PartsSupporting Social Language through Dramatic PlayArts Across the CurriculumBrain Development and Music, and Other People’s Children: Parent InvolvementContact: Lesley Romanoff, School Director


June 10 - 12, 2016 - Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center, Session, Nature as a Platform for Dramatic Play, Lesley Romanoff

April 30th, 2016 - Rainbow Families 2016 Conference, Session, Language of Acceptance and Support in Early Childhood, Lesley Romanoff