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May 2016 
Vol. 46 No. 4
Cooperatively Speaking
Latest News from PCPI

PCPI leaders meet in Chicago   

Preschool leaders gathered ideas at the meeting.
Sharing, learning and networking with co-op preschool leaders was the order of business at the 2016 PCPI Annual Meeting April 14-17 in Chicago.  

Conference Highlights included educational sessions, school visits, a tour of the Chicago Children's Museum, and the PCPI Business Meeting and elections.

A special thanks goes to our meeting planners and hosts, Families Together Cooperative Nursery School, Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School, and Park West Cooperative Nursery School. Attendees had an enjoyable and informative time visiting their schools and learning more about the rich history of their cooperatives. We also want to thank Parent Co-op for Early Learning in Hyde Park for opening its doors for a tour. 

In addition to the valuable networking and ideas gathered about running cooperative preschools, participants also spent time brainstorming ways that PCPI could provide more tangible benefits to our members. During the coming year, we will be looking for ways to more fully engage members by enhancing our social media platforms and website.  We will be developing short resource articles and fact sheets and providing them online. Publications will also transition to free, online documents as a member benefit. Finally, next year, you can look forward to more educational opportunities at our annual conference as we draw on the vast knowledge and experience of our members.  

Your Opinion is Needed 

As we begin to look for more ways to engage members, we want to review our current communications methods. Please help us gather this information by completing a short survey.   

PCPI Leaders elected at the Annual Meeting 

In considering officers and appointments for the coming year, it was suggested that a new model of leadership was needed. The position of vice president administration had not been filled for several years. It was felt that co-presidents or a president elect position might facilitate communication and coordination. A committee was appointed to begin review of the bylaws to address this and other issues. 
Charlotte Fleming, director of Parent Co-op for Early Learning, shows a project to Roberta Stuart.

2016-17 Board of Directors 
Co-President - Lesley Romanoff
Co-President- Mariah Battiston
VP Finance - Kathy Ems
VP Membership -Roberta Stuart
VP Resources - Leta Mach
Secretary - Gretchen Bakers Anders

2016-17 Appointments
Advisor  Chair - Meg Kennedy Shaw
Awards - Chantal Maherrajilich
Cooperatively Speaking Editor - Dianne Rose 
Katharine Whiteside Taylor  Bursary  - Catherine Shaver
Becky Allen Fund - Lisa Meyer
Marika Townshend Travel Grants - Linda Henegar
2016 Meetings - Chicago Schools
NCBA Liaison - Leta Mach
Website - Leta Mach

Coming Soon: an interview with the founder of the recently established New Bern Cooperative Preschool on how to start a co-op.

Please forward this message to your council network email lists. Parent Cooperatives Preschool International welcomes both parents and staff of member schools, councils, and libraries to serve on PCPI Board and Committees.

PCPI Renewal Invoices have been sent. If you did not receive yours, please let PCPI know by emailing enquiries@preschools.coop.
To submit an article, please email pcpinewsletter@gmail.com
Parent Cooperative Preschools International
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