We describe Intown as a neighborhood cooperative playgroup for toddlers and parents. Nearly a half century ago Intown Playgroup was created by an active group of parents in the community interested in improving the early development of young children. Families participate in the care and management of the playgroup creating a supportive community and learning alongside their children. Through conversations with other parents and participating in programs throughout the school year, parents gain a deeper perspective and appreciation of the early childhood period.
Intown is proud of the connections parents make with each other during these early years, and the long-term friendships that develop. Parents play along-side their children, serve as “duty parents” monthly, and have opportunities to volunteer as they choose, whether offering to teach a favorite song or play a musical instrument, or serving on the Board of Directors.
Monthly Duty Days
All parents are required to serve as a “duty parent” once a month, which entails providing and preparing snack, acting as playgroup greeters, and helping with clean up activities.
Connecting Outside the Classroom
Intown parents enjoy time together outside of Intown as well. Board members arrange parent-only social gatherings throughout the year including moms- and dads-nights-out, and fall and spring parties.
Schools After Intown
In an effort to support current Intown parents as they choose the next step for their child, we provide information about local public and private schools, and how to navigate the preschool application process.