Team Lincoln: Petworth Cooperative Playgroup

President Lincoln’s Cottage is excited to announce a new partnership with the Petworth Cooperative Playgroup (Coop). The playgroup comprises of twelve little kids ages 2 to 3, where they will learn and play in the East Wing area of the Cottage every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.

Sarah Roma, the co-chair for the Coop Board explains, “Since all of the families live in the neighborhood, we all knew about President Lincoln’s Cottage, but we are thrilled now to be partnering with you!”

The Petworth Cooperative Playgroup was founded in 2011 by a group of parents in Petworth who were in search of quality and affordable early education opportunities for their children. They developed an innovative model, in which families came together and pooled resources and talents to develop a community playgroup that has been an important part of the Petworth community ever since.  The Coop is a community-based, and independent playgroup built on the intersections of all members’ skills and resources. Parent volunteers and a facilitator run the group, and its goal is to cultivate a strong community and a creative, play-based learning environment for our children.

The group has hopped around to different venues, and started calling President Lincoln’s Cottage home in September.

Sarah explains further, “The mission of Lincoln’s Cottage fits well with our group, as it shares many of the same values that we espouse in our playgroup. Our playgroup is for 2-3 year olds, an age when children start learning both about themselves, how they interact with others and the world around them. In learning about themselves and starting to take risks in the world, we encourage ‘brave ideas’ and exploration. And in starting to develop a social understanding about those around them, we encourage children to exchange and respect each others’ ideas- a tenet that was clearly important to President Lincoln in his pursuit of freedom and justice. We have loved collaborating with you so far, and are very excited to be at the Cottage!”

The Playgroup is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Look for the chalk, tiny tots, and Little Tikes cars, juxtaposed with the Lincoln statue.

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