The Pre-school Learning Alliance began as a playgroup founded in 1961 by Belle Tutaev and a neighbor to address her need for a nursery for her daughter, as the state was not providing one. In 1962, the Pre-School Playgroups Association was formed.
Ms. Tutaev's efforts to bring parents together to address and draw attention to the need for quality nursery programs resulted in the formation of the Pre-School Playgroups Association in 1962. The PLA states that in 1995, it made the final name change to correlate with its reorganization efforts and expanded direction. As of 2014, the PLA claims 14,000 settings that serve 800,000 families.