The Niles Park District operates Bright Beginnings Preschool, and has locations at several of its facilities,…More including Grennan Heights Park, Oakton Manor Park and the Howard Leisure Center.
The District describes the preschool as follows:
Niles Park District Bright Beginnings Preschool is guided by the philosophy of “learning through play”. Guided or self-initiated, we believe play is an essential component in developing the whole child.
Under the guidance of our qualified teachers, children will learn to follow directions, share with others, and adapt to a group setting. The school-year curriculum will introduce children to a broad variety of experiences in a safe and stimulating environment. Activities in art, music, movement, games, storytelling and dramatic play will help nurture the development of self-control, physical coordination and social & cognitive skills.
By implementing our philosophy, we hope to provide each child with an enjoyable, stimulating and productive preschool experience, thereby easing the transition into kindergarten.
Oakton Manor Park is a neighborhood park located west of Milwaukee Avenue and north of Oakton Street. It contains two…More playgrounds, appropriate for preschool and school-aged children, as well as tennis courts, picnic pavilions and baseball fields.
The park also houses one of the three locations of Bright Beginnings, the Niles Park District's preschool for three- and four-year-olds.
St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Preschool 9204 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL60714 There are actually two preschools at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran; one is a Japanese language immersion program,…More and most students are children of parents who have been transferred here from Japan by their corporate employers. The other is a regular English-language, Lutheran-church-sponsored preschool for American children. Both preschools are housed in a separate buildings from the church, with a separate fenced yard area for play. Parents can park nearby for drop-off and pick-up, but the parking lot is a safe distance from the play area. Jenny Powell directs the English-language preschool, and Minori Yamaki directs the Japanese-language preschool. The preschool is open to all. Students do not have to be Lutheran, said Powell, who stressed the school has students from many diverse backgrounds. The Web site for the Japanese-language preschool is seimataiyouchien.com. The church, which was founded at the turn of the 20th century, has had an elementary school in this building for most of its history, but closed it in 2004. The building is now used only for preschool, which was added in the early 1980s.
Grennan Heights is one of the Niles Park District's most popular parks. It's where children's soccer teams play and…More parents cheer them on, and there is also a baseball field with bleachers, tennis courts and a well-shaded playground.The building contains a gymnasium, basketball court, men's and women's locker rooms, a lounge area and a preschool.
The parks hosts summer camps each year, and on the day of the Fourth of July parade (one of Niles' biggest community events), the parade route finishes at Grennan Heights, and there are tents, children's games, a band and food for a huge community celebration.
Nico Park W Keeney St & N New England Ave, Niles, IL60714 Nico Park is a neighborhood park north of Oakton Street and west of Caldwell Avenue. It features playground areas for…More preschool and school-age children, baseball fields, benches, picnic tables and a small pavilion. The park, which also has a large grassy area, is located in a quiet residential area.
Jefferson School 8200 W Greendale Ave, Niles, IL60714 Three important programs in Park Ridge-Niles Elementary School District 64 are located at Jefferson School. The…More first is a special needs preschool. Some children without special needs also attend it. The second is an extended-day kindergarten. District 64 only offers either morning or afternoon kindergarten in its regular elementary schools. If parents have a child in morning kindergarten but need to work all day, they can enroll the child in extended-day kindergarten here to be cared for in the afternoon. Parents with a child in afternoon kindergarten can utilize it to care for the child during the morning hours. Lastly, Jefferson hosts the after-school extended day program for children in first through sixth grades in all of the district's schools.
The roots of this church extend back into Niles history. Another St. Matthew's Church existed from 1840 to 1865; this…More one was founded in 1896 -- three years before Niles became incorporated as a village.
Pastor Nathan Cordes describes his congregation as very diverse, with members from at least 26 ethnic and racial groups. Small flags from these various nations are displayed in the lobby. Reverend Cordes characterizes St. Matthew's as a "bottom-up" church, in which congregants research topics and seek input in order to make good, cooperative decisions.
The church offers Bible study three times a week and runs an associated preschool, where children study Bible stories and pray before meals. Special prayer services for disabled worshipers are held once a month.