SPOTLIGHT

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Still accepting applications for the 2018/2019 school year

While we have completed our lottery for the 2018/2019 school year, you can still submit an application for a waitlist spot. We do have a handful of spots currently available in our three-day afternoon program (3PM) for students who turn 3 by November 1st.  Visit our Admissions page now to apply!

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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

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Park West Co-Op will have a new home for the 2018-19 school year! “Play it Forward,” our Capital Campaign to fund the renovations at 2214 N. Bissell St., officially launches this fall. Get a sneak peek by visiting our Capital Campaign page


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Our Co-Op

Park West has been a parent cooperative since our inception in 1971. This means that parents contribute to the overall management of school, by serving either on a committee or on the Board of Directors. Parents also have the unique opportunity to assist regularly in their child’s classroom, where they come to know the rhythms of group life, along with their child’s peers and teachers. Learn more about the Co-Op in What is a Cooperative? Find out more abut the roles parents can take in Parents and Committees.

WHY IS PLAY IMPORTANT?

helloIn our school literature, Park West depicts its curriculum as play based. But what does that mean, and do children really learn when they play? We know that play benefits every facet of young children's development. It is through play that children show initiative, create plans, take risks, gain confidence, negotiate to reach a consensus and try out something that may be just a glimmer of an idea. Play is how children explore the world. Literacy and numeracy, along with the arts, science and social sciences, are integrated into the classroom in meaningful ways. Under teachers’ guidance, children construct knowledge and acquire skills while engaged in play. What children get from play is so complex, so rich, so personal, so inspiring. Lucky us, here at school, we get to witness it every day.

Read more from our Director Jane Nolan on the Importance of Play.

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Quotes from Our Park West Family

"Park West will give you an amazing understanding of childhood education that you won't get anywhere else. The faculty, the classrooms, Jane. It's a special place, and you'll be a better parent for going there."

—KK Neilsen C., former parent