The Children's Cooperative Playschool is currently closed. The Children's Cooperative Playschool has decided to delay opening until further notice, due to the current pandemic situation. We are following a metric based guideline to determine when it is safe to come back to school. Please email for more information, and if you would like to be included on email updates about the reopening of the Co-op and also be added to our waitlist! We wish the best to all during these uncertain times and look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2020 Silent Online Auction & Raffle a huge success!

A special thanks to the following businesses for supporting us!

Top of the Hill, Mediterranean Deli, NAMU, Townsend and Bertram, Pure Barre, Woodcroft Club, North Carolina Craft Gallery, Notasium, Glee, 1870 Farm, Afters Dessert Bar, Ali Kat, Cookie Cutters, JMcLaughlin, Barre 3, Anagram Photo, Carrboro Pizza Oven, Twin House Music. Ceremony Salon, Chapel Hill Chiropractic, Chapel Hill Tennis Club, Copeland Organizing, Crafts and Drafts, Flyleaf Books, Danell Beade Photography, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Empower, First Watch, Chapel Hill Chiropractic, Goldfish Swim School, Glazed Expecations, Greensboro Science Museaum, Luna Rotisserie and Taproom, Nasher Museum of Art, Glazed Expectations, Open Eye Cafe, Hope Valley Country Club, Lavendar Oaks Farm, Jammin' Baby, Jack Tar and the Colonel's Daughter, PRE-Beef, YMCA, Woman's Birth and Wellness, Scrap Exchange, Puddle Baby, Museum of Life and Science, YoLo on the Go, North Carolina Zoo, Carolina Hurricanes, Phydeaux, Rookie of the Ear, The Scrap Exchange, The Loop Restaurant, The Carolina Inn, Mosquito Joe, Squid's Restaurant, Whilden Boutique, Alumni Hall, Sweat Equity Construction, and A&R Workshop, plus all of the individuals who donated their time and talents!

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The Children’s Cooperative Playschool is a small Chapel Hill preschool with a home-like atmosphere and a low child-to-teacher ratio. We are a group of about 45 families who wish to actively participate in our children’s early school experience. The Co-op preschool has been in existence for over 45 years serving families in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. We offer a family-oriented early learning experience for children eighteen months to five years of age. We strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and accepting environment in which children are encouraged to develop social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills through play. The Playschool admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.

General Information

  • We are located at the intersection of Pope and Ephesus Church Road right on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham.

  • Our preschool year runs from late-August through early June.

  • Our hours are from 9am to 1pm Monday through Friday.

  • We are closed for a two-week winter break and a one-week spring break. In addition, the school closes for federal holidays and occasional teacher workdays.

  • The Playschool offers a separate 8-week summer camp session.

  • Tours for the 2021 school year will begin soon--once we reopen for preschool in person!

Children's Cooperative Playschool former member, Kelly Reilly, shared her family's experience at the co-op in the News & Observer:

Play plus magical teaching equals the best preparation for school success.

For admissions information and other information, email: