Currently Enrolling for Next School Year!

We are currently enrolling three and four year olds for the 2014-15 school year. Please contact us at parkwest@parkwestcoop.org or 773-327-1115 to find out more about our play-based programs and to set up a tour.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Jane is the featured speaker on Preschool Readiness and Separation at Bubbles Academy this Wednesday, September 17 from 7:00-8:30pm. Let interested friends know about it! Bubbles is located at 1504 N Fremont Street.

From Pollock to Kandinsky, check out the latest artwork from our four-day second floor students.
Are you wondering how they reached across such a wide expanse? It's painting with basters.

Dear Parents,

Here I am with some of the boys of JK-3. No, we're not reading Top Dog but I hope you are. You still have time to read it and join the discussion at our Park West Book Club meeting on Wed, April 30th. The conversation will begin at 7pm.

Whether you attended Ashley Merryman's lecture last month, or not, do come and chat with us about the themes in Top Dog. I am in the middle of reading it and have found a number of her ideas and her research quite thought provoking: the stress of competition doesn't go away with experience; competition can help people become comfortable with conflict and opposition; the benefit of competition is not winning but improved performance; to keep one's competitive fire, the contest must be close; gender differences in approaches to competition.

Though the book is a compilation of years of research, it reads like a good story. The research and studies are told in a very readable format and unfolds like a good yarn.

Even if you don't have time to finish Top Dog, I do hope you'll come and join in the conversation. Please RSVP to the office, so we'll know how many to expect.


Why Do Children Need Nursery School?

Click here to read Jane's thought on the need for our children to attend nursery school.

Our School

Park West offers nurturing and stimulating half-day programs for children 2 1/2 to 4 years of age.  Our relaxed, though structured, format of free-play allows our children to explore their environment.  For the children of Park West, this school brings a nurturing oasis where they learn that discovering new things is messy business, full of risks but also full of joys; where they find that exploring with others and trusting new friends with new ideas is hard work but ultimately quite satisfying; and where they experience school as a place where they find as much about themselves as the world around them.



Our History and Location

In 1971, Park West was established by a group of parents who wanted to provide a nursery school for their children in which parents were involved in all aspects of their child’s first school experience.

Today, Park West continues this tradition and is a cooperative school where parents, as members, have certain benefits:  an opportunity to spend time with your children in the classroom and a chance to work as a community toward a collective goal.

Our facility is located in St. Pauls Church on the corner of Fullerton Avenue on the near north side of Chicago in the heart of Lincoln Park. 


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Park West Cooperative Nursery School is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Park West has joined The Red Balloon Shop for Schools program. When you shop at The Red Balloon, a portion of your purchase will be donated to Park West!