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Programs - Preschool

2018-2019 Bright Beginnings School Calendar


 September 4 & 5  Tues & Wed  Classes Begin
 October 8  Monday  No School- Columbus Day
 November 12  Monday  No School- Veterans Day
 November 21, 22, 23  Wed, Thurs, Fri  No School- Thanksgiving
 Dec 24-Jan 4  2 weeks  No School- Winter Break
 January 7  Monday  Classes Resume
 January 21  Monday  No School- MLK Day
 Jan 31 & Feb 1  Thurs & Fri  No School- 
 Parent Teacher Conferences
 February 6  Wednesday  Evening Open House, 7-8p
 February 18   Monday  No School- President's Day
 March 25-29  Mon-Fri  No School- Spring Break
 April 1  Monday  Classes Resume
 April 19 & 22  Fri, Mon  No School
 May 15, 16, 17  Wed, Thurs, Fri  Last Days of School

New Three's Preschool 2020
Age 3, as of September 1, 2019
This class is designed for children who turned 3 after September 1 2019, missing the deadline for our three year old preschool.  Children will be introduced to circle time, art projects, songs and finger plays, story and snack time.  Parents will be required to select several days to provide a snack and drink for the class.  
Instructor- Miss Laura

Location:  Howard Leisure Center Preschool

 Code  Day  Date  Time  R/NR
 510803-24  Tues & Thurs  Jan 7-May 14  9:30-11:30 am  $530/$628
 510803-25  Tues & Thurs  Jan 7-May 14  12:30-2:30 pm  $530/$628

Preschool Evening Open House
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7:00-8:00 pm (Parents & Children)

The Evening Open House will allow you and your child to view the classrooms at Howard Leisure Center, Oakton Manor & Grennan Heights.  Please come meet our staff and ask questions.  We look forward to seeing you.

Preschool Observation Week- Week of February 4, 2019

Parents are invited to visit our preschool classes in action.  Observe our play based curriculum at its best while children are playing and learning together.  Preschool Observation Week is scheduled for the week of February 4 during our scheduled preschool classes at our 3 locations- Howard Leisure Center, Oakton Manor & Grennan Heights.  An appointment is required to visit a classroom.  Parents only, please no children.

To arrange a classroom observation or for more information, contact the Howard Leisure Center at (847) 967-6633.


Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street, Niles
Oakton Manor, 8100 Ozark, Niles
Grennan Heights, 8255 Oketo, Niles




Bright Beginnings Preschool standards are measured by the quality of our staff.  Each teacher brings her own special skill and diverse background to the preschool program.  Every class has a lead teacher and assistant.  By maintaining the DCFS ratio of 1:10, our staff is able to provide children with a safe and stimulating environment.  Our preschool staff must maintain 15 hours of in-service in early childhood every year, and are certified in CPR, AED & First Aid.


Diane Zajac
Diane is the lead teacher for the Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning and afternoon, and the Tuesday, Thursday morning 3 year old program.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught preschool for over 25 years.  She has been instructing classes at Niles Park District for 17 years.

Mary Fleck
Mary is an assistant in the 3 year old classroom on Monday/Wednesday/Friday Morning at Howard Leisure Center.  She has 3 children and has always been active in their schools.  Mary enjoys working with children.

Antonella Silvio
Antonella is the assistant teacher with Miss Diane Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  She has 2 children who both attended Bright Beginnings Preschool and loved it!  Antonella knows how important it is to have great role models to shape early childhood experiences.  She looks forward to getting to know the children and is grateful for the opportunity to help give a great start to that experience.

Natasha Kuffel
Natasha is the lead teacher in the Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning 4 year old program.  She resides in Niles with her husband and 3 children.  Natasha has a BA in psychology and an MS in counseling.  She has over 10 years of experience working in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  She truly enjoys working with children and is looking forward to a great year!

Heather Tarjan
Heather is the lead teacher for the Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning 3 year old class.  She holds a Bachelor of Science and teaching certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Heather lives in Niles with her husband and three children.  Having sent all three of her children through the Bright Beginnings Preschool program, Heather watched them thrive.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work with young children and guide their learning and growth within a loving and safe school environment.

Carmelina Yoshioka
Carmelina has degrees in both Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education.  She has been teaching children from preschool to 8th Grade for over 25 years.  Carmelina is excited to be teaching for the Niles Park District and is looking forward to a great year.

Julie Bartoli
Julie is the lead teacher for the Tuesday, Thursday morning 3 year old program.  She also teaches the Monday, Wednesday, Friday morning 4 year old classes.  She has an Early Childhood & Development Degree from the University of Illinois, and has taken classes towards her Masters.

Cheryl Schreiman
Cheryl is an assistant on Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings & afternoons for the 4 year old program.  She has worked for the Niles Park District Preschool Program for 20 years.  She has also taught early childhood classes and is the birthday party coordinator.

Shantella Jozwiak

Roseann Smiegowski
Roseann is the teacher assistant Monday thru Friday mornings.

Preschoolers Extend the Day!  Winter Session 2019
Ages 3-5

Preschool age children 3-5 years are welcome to spend an afternoon out!  After enjoying a sack lunch and juice from home, the children will enjoy physical activity & fun.  The mat room, with a climbing wall is used to burn off excess energy.  All children are welcome!  If your child is enrolled in the Howard Leisure Center Preschool, they will be walked to the lower level classroom by a teacher. Please note: Your child does not have to be enrolled in Bright Beginnings Preschool to participate in this program.  No class 01/21, 01/31, 02/01, 02/18, 03/25-03/29.  Instructor- Miss Debbie

Location:  Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard, 847-967-6633

 Code  Day  Date  R/NR
 110104-01  Monday  January 7-May 13  $240/$288
 110104-02  Tuesday  January 8-May 14  $270/$324
 110104-03  Wednesday  January 9-May 15  $270/$324
 110104-04  Thursday  January 10-May 16  $255/$306
 110104-05  Friday  January 11-May 17  $255/$306

Sign up for one, two or all 5 days!
Daily Fee:  Res $19, Non-Res $22
Time:  11:30 am-2:00 pm


2019-2020 Preschool Registration is held February 11, 2019 for Residents and February 19, 2019 for Non-Residents, on a first come, first serve basis.  Residents will be given priority registration with proof of residency.  Children must be age appropriate by September 1st to enroll in the Preschool program.

Requirements for Registration
*  Birth Certificate (Mandatory).
*  Proof of residency for Niles Park District.
*  1/3 of tuition payment.
*  Payment plan is available.
*  A $50 non-refundable registration fee is included in the tuition fee.  Refunds will be granted prior to the start of school minus the $50 registration fee. 

Registration takes place at the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street.  (847) 967-6633.

2019-2020 School Year ~ Classes begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and end Mid-May, 2020
Registration begins February 11 for residents and February 19 for non-residents.  Preschool Registration is ongoing, continuing until classes are filled.  For registration information, call the Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard St, (847) 967-6633.


 MWF am  9:00-11:30 am  $1168/$1285
 MWF am   9:15-11:45 am  $1168/$1285 
 MWF pm  12:30-3:00 pm  $1168/$1285
 T/TH am  9:00-11:30 am  $775/$853


 TU/TH am  9:00-11:30 am  $775/$853


 MWF am  9:00 am-Noon  $1391/$1530
 M-F am  9:00 am-Noon  $2143/$2360


 MWF am  8:30-11:30 am  $1391/$1530
 MWF pm  Noon-3:00 pm  $1391/$1530


 M-F am  9:00 am-Noon  $2143/$2360


Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street
Oakton Manor, 8100 Ozark
Grennan Heights, 8255 Oketo

If we believe that unsafe conditions exist for your child to be in school, or when school districts are closed due to sever weather, school may be cancelled.  Information on cancellations will be posted on the home page of Niles Park District:  We do not give credits or make up days due to inclement weather.

In the event of an emergency closing, Bright Beginnings Preschool status may be checked by the following-  

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