Spots still available for next school year!

Are you still searching for an early childhood education program that fits your philosophy and schedule for 2017-18? Good news! Park West Co-Op has some openings. Two spots in our three-day afternoon program (3PM) are available, one spot in our four-day morning program (4AM), as well as six spots in our newly expanded JK program! Visit our Admissions page now to apply!

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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


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.


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.


Quotes from Our Park West Family

"On the weekend, I couldn't wait to go back. I wish I could spend my whole life there."

—Andy W., former student