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October 1, 2017 
Vol. 47 No. 8
Cooperatively Speaking
The Latest News from PCPI
Hello Again!  

I hope everyone's school year is off to a fantastic start!  Now that fall is officially here, it's time to renew your membership in PCPI for 2018. I nvoices were sent out at the end of September, with payment due November 1. 

There are lots of great reasons to be a member of PCPI.  Among them are the many funding opportunities made available to member schools and councils, including grants to support parent education programs and for travel to the annual meeting.  New in 2017 is the Cooperative Spirit Grant, which can provide up to $1,500 to support a parent involvement project that creates a lasting benefit for your school or community.  Applications were included in the fall mailing.  We are all excited to see your proposals!  


Dianne Rose, M.Ed.
Editor, Cooperatively Speaking

Parent Education Funding Opportunity
Parent education is at the foundation of cooperative education.  To help fund parent education projects, PCPI members (US based schools and councils) can apply for a mini-grant from  the  Becky Allen Fund to secure financial support for a parent education project (Canadian members are eligible to apply for the Katherine Whiteside Taylor Grant in the spring).  

Last year, Chelsea Children's Cooperative Preschool in Chelsea, MI was awarded $400 to fund a parent library. The grant covered the cost of the books, which includes texts from the leading edge of child development research, as well as tried and true practices for parents to incorporate into daily life with their children. When parents return the materials, the school plans to ask parents for brief written feedback based on their experience with the book or suggestions for other borrowers. The practice would allow the school to track the success of the project as well as encourage collaboration and communication between parents.
In addition, Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool in Burke, VA was awarded $100 to help support a parent education program about incorporating the outdoors into daily life.  Guest speaker, Rebecca P. Cohen, who is the author of a parenting book and a children's book series, was scheduled to share her story of how the outdoors came to be a welcome parenting tool every day, and brought her family closer together, as well as share practical tips and her favorite outdoor activities for children.
Over the years many cooperative preschools have benefited from a range of parent education programs supported by the Fund. Topics have included various aspects of child development, such as the social/emotional and dealing with challenging behaviors, speech and language, techniques to support play-based learning, nutrition and more.  Schools have invited a variety of speakers including a psychologist, college teacher, occupational therapist, authors, as well as their own expert staff.
Your school or council could be the next recipient of funds to support a parent education program that is just right for you.  Up to $500 is available annually to fund programs in one or more eligible PCPI member schools or councils. Grant requests will be accepted until  December 15, 2017. Requests can be sent in letter or document form and should include the following information:
  • School name and address
  • Contact person's name, phone and email.
  • Parent education goals
  • Program content
  • Estimated number of participants
  • Program staff/presenters
  • Length of program and timelines
  • Program budget needs
Requests should clearly describe a program that will be of value to your school/community with as many specifics as possible.  Please send requests via email to Lisa Meyer, Chairperson for the Becky Allen Fund, at gns@greenbeltnurseryschool.org.  (Please expect confirmation of receipt within two business days, otherwise, resend or contact the Chair at 301-474-5570).
The Grant request deadline is December 15, 2017.  Grant award decisions will be made by January 10, 2018.  Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to enhance parent education at your school or within your council.

T hank you to those of you who have made contributions in memory of Becky Allen, who devoted her life to early childhood education and the importance of parent involvement.   If you would like to contribute, please send your check (payable to PCPI with a notation that it is for the Becky Allen Fund to:

Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI)
PO Box 230327
Portland, OR 97281-0327  
Donations are tax deductible.

Cooperative Spirit Grant Applications Now Available

PCPI supports and encourages parent involvement, parent participation and parent education in early childhood education programs.  The newly developed Cooperative Spirit Grant was designed to provide financial support for schools who have an idea for increasing parent involvement and participation by initiating a project that will make their school a better place for their children and leave a legacy for future classes. 
The Grant guidelines are open to allow for creative ways to involve parents working together to improve your school or community.  The Grant is designed to assist in the cost of purchasing needed items and supplies for your project.  Ideally, your project could be replicated at other schools.  By accepting funds, recipients agree to provide photos and a written report at the end of the school year.
U.S. and Canadian preschools with direct membership in PCPI are eligible. Member councils may apply for a grant to fund a council cooperative project.  The total grant amount is up to $1,500 to fund one or more programs. 
Grant requests are due by December 17, 2017 The grant award decisions will be made in early January 2018.
Grant requests should include the following information:
  • School name and address
  • Contact person's name, phone and email
  • How will your project increase parental involvement?
  • How will your project improve your school and leave a legacy?
  • Describe the project
  • Estimated number of participants
  • The length of the project and timelines
  • Project budget
  • Amount you are requesting from PCPI grant ($100 to $1500)
Grant requests should clearly describe a project that will be of value to your school/community with as many specifics as possible.  Please send your requests via email to  Kathy Ems, PCPI treasurer, at rkems@comcast.net    Please expect confirmation of receipt within two business days (after October 24), otherwise, resend or contact the Chair at 503-545-4228, text or voice.
We are looking forward to reading your creative ideas and awarding these funds.

Coming Soon:  Marika Townshend Travel Grant

Applications for the Marika Townshend Travel Grant will be available in November with an early January due date.  The Grant is available to help members attend the PCPI Annual Meeting, which will take place March 8-11, 2018 in San Francisco, CA at the Hotel Kabuki.  

It's not too early to start planning your travel!

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