About Park West

Park West Cooperative Nursery School was established in 1971 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 as a place for parents who want to be a part of their children's education. Our spacious facility of three classrooms and a full-size gym is located in St. Paul's Church on the corner of Fullerton Avenue and Orchard Street in the heart of Lincoln Park.


Park West offers a nurturing and stimulating nursery school program. Through self-discovery and positive interactions, Park West children gain self-confidence and form friendships. Our relaxed, though structured, format of free-play intermingled with non-competitive group activities allows our children to explore their environment and learn more about themselves and the world around them.



Our Accreditations

Park West is licensed with the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.


  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to provide a place where children and their ideas are taken seriously.

  • Our Philosophy

    Park West’s philosophy is to encourage thinking ability in a variety of situations.

  • What is a Cooperative?

    As a member of the Park West Coop, parents have the unique opportunity to be an integral part of their child’s development.

  • Our Staff

    Meet our staff.  Together they represent one reason Park West is such a special place.

  • Our Board

    The Board of Directors, composed entirely of parent volunteers, manages the cooperative.

  • The Standing Committees

    There are seven standing committees that help operate the school. Each committee generally has two co-chairs who are appointed by the President in the spring.

  • Frequently Asked Questions