Capital Campaign

Park West Cooperative Nursery School is family. What we build together in the classroom with blocks, paint, costumes, songs, stories, and love endures in our children, our families, and our Park West Community. Our school has guided our children to become strong, independent learners, just as it has encouraged us all to become confident, engaged parents. Park West began as a bold experiment, established in 1971 by parents who wanted to create a school for their children in which parents were involved in all aspects of their child's first school experience. This is a legacy to cherish and one worth protecting.

After more than 40 years in its founding location, Park West Cooperative Nursery School is relocating to a new, permanent home at 2214 N. Bissell in Lincoln Park. Our new building will have three classrooms, each with its own playhouse, an art and music maker studio, a large gross motor movement space for tricycles and wheeled contraptions of all sorts, a climbing wall, and a library. In these new and beautiful spaces, Park West teachers and staff will bring their passion, their knowledge, and their commitment to helping kids grow and learn about themselves and their world.

As a cooperative, we have always rowed together - parents, faculty, and staff - in the same boat. We are heading into new seas and we need everyone to take up their oar. We have an ambitious goal, but one we know that we can reach with everyone’s help. The “Play It Forward” campaign is set to raise $1,000,000. We hope everyone will be a part of it.

Park West endures as a place for parents who want to be a part of their children's education. We need everyone’s help to ensure that Park West continues its mission to cultivate self-reflective, confident, and engaged learning, and build compassionate community into the future.

Let’s all “Play It Forward.”

Make your pledge today.

GIVING LEVELS

DREAM MAKER ($100,000+)

Truly, we don’t have words. Opportunity to name a room. Recognition on the donor wall. Engraved brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

STORY TELLER ($50,000 - $99,000)

Opportunity to name a room. Recognition on the donor wall. Engraved brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

PENDULUM PAINTER ($25,000 - $49,999)

Opportunity to name a space like the climbing wall or a playhouse. Recognition on the donor wall. Engraved brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

LINE LEADER ($10,000 - $24,999)

Recognition on the donor wall. Engraved brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

JUMPER ($5,000 - $9,999)

Engraved 12x12 brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

SKIPPER ($3,000 - $4,999)

Engraved 6x12 brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

HOPPER ($1,000 - $2,999)

Engraved 4x8 brick along the garden path. A great big hug from Jane.

BLOCK STACKER ($1 - $999)

A great big hug from Jane.


Quotes from Our Park West Family

"They say 'we take children and their ideas seriously,' and they really do."

—Aileen S., former parent