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January 14, 2014 
Vol. 44 No. 1    
Hello PCPI Members and Friends, 

We wish you all the best for this glorious new year! Please share this monthly newsletter with others in your community and schools. Simply send it along via the "forward" button below and everyone can sign up to receive Cooperatively Speaking to their inbox.

Cooperatively Speaking
Latest News from PCPI
Did you know that Parent Cooperative Preschools International is a volunteer run organization made up of current and former cooperative preschool staff and members - just like you?
Please consider joining our vibrant PCPI Board - a great group of movers and shakers from across North America who oversee our membership, marketing, awards, annual meetings and more - helping to keep cooperative preschools vibrant for more than 50 years! For more about our history see here and we'd love to have you meet us for education and fun at PCPI's annual meetings in April - more information below.
Please contact PCPI's President Lesley Romanoff to hear more about how we welcome your involvement.  lesley@romanoffstudio.com 
Awards and Grants: application deadlines approaching!

This is a busy time for our Parent Cooperative Preschool community. We have THREE opportunities to tell you about. For more information on all opportunities see http://www.preschools.coop/


Marika Townshend Travel Grant - Deadline February 16, 2014

PCPI members - individuals, schools, councils - are eligible to apply for a travel grant to attend our PCPI Annual Meeting. Schools and councils may sponsor teachers, staff, board members or other interested members. With questions please contact jennifer.debernardis@gmail.com and application forms available now on PCPI website.


PCPI Annual Awards - Deadline March 1, 2014

Please consider nominating an outstanding teacher, board member, or co-op member who has made a special contribution to your preschool community for one of PCPI's special annual recognition awards. Nomination forms available shortly on our website or email lynann.derrick@gmail.com.


Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary - Deadline  March 15, 2014

This annual education bursary is available to teaching staff in Canadian parent cooperatives, or school members who are pursuing training in the field of early childhood education. To apply please see website or email shaver1337@gmail.com and see below for information about the two 2013 winners!

PCPI Annual Meetings - Washington, DC
All Welcome! April 24-26, 2014
PCPI's annual meetings are such a valuable place to network, meet, teach, learn and grow the cooperative spirit within all of us to build strong communities and happiness all around! 
Please join us in April as we celebrate together and highlight our Northern Virginia Member Co-op Schools. Join Canadian and American teachers, board members, co-op parents and other members for education, camaraderie and fun - watch our website for details - coming soon!
Calling all members - PCPI needs your help!

Annual membership fees do not cover all the programs PCPI provides to our members, we also benefit from donations to make a big impact. At PCPI's annual meeting in Portland, Oregon in April 2013, we brainstormed some great ideas that our member schools have already started to implement to help support PCPI's ongoing programs. Won't you join them? A great goal is to have PCPI member schools set aside one fundraiser a year to help continue such worthy programs as the Marika Townshend Travel Grant and the Katherine Whiteside Taylor Bursary, as well as the many other ways PCPI helps support member schools. Some of the ideas we came up with include a dedicated restaurant night for parents,  and putting a change jar out at your school labeled Pennies for PCPI. Please consider including PCPI in your school fundraising goals this year! Thank You and please see more information here about donating.

In Memoriam
Dorothy W. Hewes, Ph.D., one of the great champions for all children of the world, died on January 30, 2013. Dorothy was professor emerita in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University. She was involved with early care and education for more than 60 years through a wide variety of California programs. In 1972, she was co-author of the first preschool administration textbook, An Administrator's Handbook to Early Care and Education.

Dorothy had unflinching and enthusiastic commitment to the cause of early education. In particular, she was best known for her interest in the history of early care and education and for her support for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. At the 2008 conference of the International Froebel Society, she was presented with an award by their president, who said, "Froebel is known as the Father of the Kindergarten and Dorothy is known as the Mother of the History of Early Childhood Education."

Frances Meyer Webber, co-founder of Multnomah Playschool, Portland in 1948, died at the age of 92 on June 2, 2013.

Frances Meyer and Maggie Webber worked together many long years ago to bring the idea of a parent cooperative preschool to life in Portland. Multnomah Playschool was their idea and remains their legacy, some 65 years later. At the time, MPS was one of just a handful of parent cooperative schools in the nation.
 Other Cooperative School News

PCPI members California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools  is hosting their highly regarded annual convention in Los Angeles March 14-15, 2014. Please see here
for information.

2013 Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary winners: this PCPI bursary provides financial support to assist in the continuing education of parents and teachers currently participating in a Canadian cooperative or parent participation preschool. Last year we had an extremely strong field of applicants and for the first time, the committee decided to award the grant to two individuals who were equally deserving.
Teresa Wilcox, teacher (and former parent) at The Alisa Craig and District Cooperative Preschool in Ontario is completing her Early Childhood Education diploma. She used the bursary to help with tuition.
Nicola VanHeyst from North Vancouver, B.C. is a teacher at Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool and is also a former parent of the school. KWT Bursary funding helped Nicola attend the "Good Stuff for Kids" Conference in California in July. This annual conference is hosted by internationally known educator Bev Bos and Nicola was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn first-hand from this outstanding expert. "The Good Stuff for Kids conference in Sacramento was everything I hoped for and more and I have come home with lots of wonderful ideas and am feeling very inspired. I would like to thank you again for the bursary support." said Nicola.
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