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First United Methodist Preschool
8101 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Nico Park
W Keeney St & N New England Ave, Niles, IL 60714
Nico Park is a neighborhood park north of Oakton Street and west of Caldwell Avenue. It features playground areas forMore 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.
St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Preschool
9204 N Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL 60714
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.
Oakton Manor Park
8100 N Ozark Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Oakton Manor Park is a neighborhood park located west of Milwaukee Avenue and north of Oakton Street. It contains twoMore 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.


Kiddie Garden Day Care Center
9130 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Kiddie Garden Day Care Center is located in a mall with free parking, but it is set well away from traffic. The interiorMore is colorfully decorated, with separate areas for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners. An outdoor, fenced play area out back has toys intended to develop large motor skills. George Kardamitchis, the director, attended school here when he was a child. "We get most of our clients through word of mouth," he said. 
Niles Park District Bright Beginnings Preschool
6676 W Howard St, Niles, IL 60714

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.

Grennan Heights Park
8255 N Oketo Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Grennan Heights is one of the Niles Park District's most popular parks. It's where children's soccer teams play andMore 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.

Children's Learning World Montessori School
8101 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714

Children's Learning World Montessori School accepts children as young as six weeks old and educates them until theyMore are in sixth grade. One teacher is certified in teaching ages 0-3, and she works with the baby and toddler age groups. After completing those classes, children enter the preschool classroom, then advance to kindergarten and, later, first grade; on up through sixth grade.

Sue Foley is the director, and Rosemary Fish, who has been with the school since its founding in 1970, is administrator. The school has been at its current location since 1992, when it moved here from Park Ridge. It occupies classroom space in the former school at St. Isaac Jogues parish. 

Jefferson School
8200 W Greendale Ave, Niles, IL 60714
Three important programs in Park Ridge-Niles Elementary School District 64 are located at Jefferson School. TheMore 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.
St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714

This Greek Orthodox congregation started in 1951 in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, then bought this propertyMore in Niles in the 1970s. It built a school building in 1984 and the church in 1988. Rev. Dean Botsis, the pastor, has been with the congregation since 1982.

Sunday school is provided for children ages 4 and up, and bible study is offered weekly. There are programs for school-age children and college-age and post-college young adults. The church sponsors Boy Scouts and may soon sponsor Girl Scouts. 

The church offers Greek school for children from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 9am to noon on Saturdays. It also offers Aristotle Greek Preschool from 9 am to 1 pm weekdays. Its website is www.aristotlegreekschools.com.

Every summer, Greek families come from all over the Chicago area to attend St. Haralambos' Big Greek Food Fest, usually held in July. 

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
9081 N Maryland St, Niles, IL 60714

The roots of this church extend back into Niles history. Another St. Matthew's Church existed from 1840 to 1865; thisMore 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.


St. John Brebeuf School
8301 N Harlem Ave, Niles, IL 60714

St. John Brebeuf is not only a school, but a hub of activities for families and children. Throughout the school year,More the parking lot is filled with parents bringing their children to school, then later for basketball and volleyball games, Scout meetings, religious education and other endeavors.

It is the only Catholic school in Niles, since St. Isaac Jogues and Our Lady of Ransom parishes closed their schools. St. John Brebeuf, or SJB as locals affectionately call it, accepts children from those parishes and St. Martha in Morton Grove at parishioner rates for tuition.

St. John Brebeuf accepts students from preschool through eighth grade, and the school figures prominently in the life of the parish. Parents actively volunteer in the school, organizing everything from athletics to holiday parties to fundraisers, including the annual fundraising gala. 

"Our school is a place where learning occurs in an atmosphere of faith, care and challenge," says principal Margaret Whitman, who invites interested parents to call to schedule a visit.  

Niles Park District
6676 W Howard St, Niles, IL 60714

The headquarters location for the Niles Park District, it houses the preschool and the banquet facilities.More  The golf course is adjacent, and the indoor tennis complex (Tam) and the fitness/track/gymnasium facility (Golfview) are nearby.

The park district has 25 locations overall, including 14 parks, one ice rink (Iceland), one water park (Oasis) and the aforementioned golf course and recreational buildings. It operates a restaurant and is a member of the Maine-Niles Association for Special Recreation, which provides recreation for patrons with special needs.

The park district is a unit of government with taxing authority. It is governed by a board of directors who meet monthly. The executive director is Joe LoVerde.

Some examples of recreational opportunities the district offers include swim classes (in summer), a licensed preschool for three- and four-year-olds,  junior golf programs, a variety of summer camps for children, concerts in the park, hockey lessons and one of the largest youth basketball programs in the area. The district also plans seasonal special events. 



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