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February 2015 
Vol. 45 No. 1 
Cooperatively Speaking
Latest News from PCPI
 Upcoming Grants
Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary 
Supports Canadian Cooperatives

The Katharine Whiteside Taylor Bursary is a scholarship named in honor of Dr. Katharine Whiteside Taylor, a founding member of Parent Cooperative Preschools International (PCPI). For over fifteen years the bursary has provided financial support for the continuing education of parents and teachers participating in a Canadian cooperative or parent participation preschool.

Katharine Whiteside Taylor

Dr. Taylor devoted much of her life to the Parent Cooperative movement in North America and overseas - writing, lecturing, and giving personal guidance to parents, teachers and children learning together in a cooperative/parent participation preschool setting.

On April 17, 1996, Katharine Whiteside Taylor was inducted into the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame. This prestigious award recognizes those whose contribution to the cooperative movement has been truly heroic. Katharine started the first parent cooperative preschool in 1918 at the University of Chicago. Later, in 1927, she founded the Children's Community in Berkeley, California, the oldest continually operating cooperative preschool in the U.S. Her work throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand added to the growing number of preschools around the world and played an integral role in the establishment of PCPI.


Teaching staff currently employed in a Canadian parent cooperative or parents participating at those schools who are pursuing professional development in the field of early childhood education or related leadership training may apply by completing an application by March 15, 2015.  Successful candidates may be eligible for a bursary award of up to $500.


For application forms or further information, check your local or regional parent cooperative council or the PCPI website at www.preschools.coop or contact                        Catherine Shaver by phone 519-621-1719 or email: shaver1337@gmail.com


Marika Townshend Travel Grant and Board Travel Grant

PCPI wants YOU to participate in the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in Vancouver, BC late Thursday, April 23rd until midday Sunday, April 26th!

If you are a parent, teacher or board member of a cooperative preschool, we invite you to join us for a weekend of camaraderie and focus on our cooperative mission. 

Please consider attending, even if you've never been part of the Annual Meeting before.  PCPI needs your talent and contributions, and you will take back so many great ideas and renewed enthusiasm from this wonderful networking opportunity.
The event schedule is coming together and registration materials will be available before long. Highlights include:

  - Four Preschool Tours!
  - Kathy Lynn, Early Childhood Advocate & Parent Education Speaker
  - Awards presentation incorporated with the BC Council's Spring Fling evening

Also stay tuned for PCPI Awards Nomination details. 
Apply Now for Grant Funds to help defer your travel expense costs! Travel grant determinations will be available to you by the end of February.
Travel Grant Applications are available on our website, www.preschools.coop.  
The deadline for applying is Monday, February 9, 2015 at Noon Pacific Standard Time.  This deadline will be 
firmly adhered to and incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Please feel free to contact Linda Henegar with any additional questions. 
Next month: Did you get your Membership Packet Mailing? More Annual Meeting Details...How do you handle Emergency Weather Cancellations?
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