2335 N. Orchard Street
Chicago, IL 60614
"The classrooms are designed to nurture individuality and teachers strive to create an emotionally secure environment in which children can work, play, experiment, explore, and create. The curriculum is play based and influenced by Jean Piaget."- Park West Co-op website
"We approach separation as a gradual and individualized process. We believe in allowing separation to take place over a period of time because it is about building relationships and trust. This only happens as a child becomes familiar with school and comes to feel that school is a safe, secure and predictable place. Even if a child is excited by the prospect of going to school, it takes time to get to know exactly what this is all about. It takes time to get to know the routine, what the classroom is like and to form relationships with the teachers and other children. Before we feel comfortable letting parents or other caregivers go, we like to see that each child has developed some measure of security at school—have a trusting relationship with the teachers, or settling easily into a classroom activity that interests them—which indicates the child is ready to separate."
-Park West Cooperative website