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Check Out Our Early Childhood Programs!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Our Curriculum
We have made many new and exciting changes to our programs. The programs are designed to prepare your child for first Playschool, Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment. Our curriculum's focus on but are not limited to, language, socialization, emotional development, fine motor skills, safety skills, creativity, music, singing and cognitive development. Each week a theme will focus on these areas.

Play-Based Education
A key purpose of our program is to provide education through developmentally appropriate play. Play is a child’s most important work. Through play, a child acquires cognitive, social, language, motor and cultural awareness skills in a non-threatening environment.

Our Staff
Our instructors are educated, experienced, and dedicated to the development of each child.

Lesson Plans
Lesson plans incorporate age-appropriate activities revolving around specific, monthly themes that encourage imagination and the child’s natural love for learning. Pre-reading and math skills are reinforced throughout the play-based curriculum. Social and emotional development is emphasized through hands-on experiences where children strengthen their skills by sharing with others and participating in a group environment.

Tot School, Ages 24-35 Months
This program will provide many opportunities for children to develop to their full potential. This is a great introduction to social interaction with other children. We will follow a yearly curriculum and students have an opportunity to explore different learning centers, such as dramatic play, reading, music, blocks and puzzles. Snack time and gym time are also included daily.

Playschool, Age 3
The Playschool program is guided by a philosophy of learning through play. Students are exposed letters, numbers, colors and shapes in a variety of ways. Each day, they have the opportunity to explore learning centers and also spend time in small groups with their teachers. Concepts are reinforced through interactive songs, story boards, group activities and gym time. Our primary vision is for children to develop a love of learning and a positive self-image while preparing them for the Preschool experience. Children must be toilet-trained. A birth certificate is required for registration. Snack time and gym time are included daily.

Preschool, Age 4
Our Preschool program prepares your child for kindergarten. A challenging and an engaging curriculum fosters the development of the whole child: cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical. Play promotes the abilities that enable children to learn concepts through exploration of centers and teacher guided small groups. Our professional, experienced teachers value each child’s individuality and strive to give each child a positive feeling of self-worth in a warm, caring environment. Children must be toilet-trained. A birth certificate is required for registration. Snack time and gym time are included daily.

Kindergarten Enrichment, Ages 5-6
Our Kindergarten Enrichment program provides a quality enrichment experience for kindergarten-age children attending half-day kindergarten programs. This unique and multifaceted program is designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of activities, including art, music, theater, movement, science and child-led play. Children spend time outdoors at North Park taking nature hikes and playing games. The program follows the District 84 school-year calendar of full days off. We offer Early Start and Transportation options.

Our programs take local field trips to the Public Library, Police Station, Ice Arena and Fire Department.

For more information, call us at 847-455-2852. 

Book Your Next Event at the Centre at North Park!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Looking for a banquet hall for your next event? Visit the Centre at North Park located at 10040 Addison Avenue! Whether you are planning a wedding, anniversary, graduation party, special birthday celebration, bridal shower, or family reunion, our staff at North Park will help you structure your event according to your budget and needs. To see pricing and packages, view our brochure!

Call 847-928-8478 today to see our banquet facility, reserve a date, or discuss our menu options.

Directions to North Park:

  • From North: Exit 294 south at Irving Park East. Go one block to Scott Street and turn right, continue on Scott to Addison Avenue. North Park is located at the corner of Addison and Scott Street.
  • From South: Exit 294 north at North Avenue/Lake Street. Go east on North and turn left on 25th Avenue (Rose Street). Continue to Addison and turn left, heading west to Scott Street. North Park is located at the corner of Addison Avenue and Scott Street.

Rain Barrels are Available for Purchase!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rain barrels are used to recycle rainwater from your home's roof. They attach to your gutter's downspout, enabling you to catch rainwater and store it to water plants and gardens as needed. Rainwater is better for plants than municipal water because it's free of chlorine and other chemicals. Recycled rainwater can help you to have the best roses, fruit trees or tomatoes possible!
Rain Barrel Benefits:
  • Decrease your water bill
  • Promote gardening
  • Decrease use of treated water for outdoor uses
  • Decrease energy consumption normally required to treat and pump water and waste-water
  • Decrease storm water runoff, since water seeps into the groundwater when used to water gardens and lawns
  • Decrease flow to municipal waste-water treatment centers
In cooperation with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Park District has made rain barrels available for Franklin Park residents to purchase! Barrels stand about 3 feet high and are either black or blue, but can be painted. To reserve your barrel, fill out a Request Form and submit it with payment ($77 each) to the Community Center, 9560 Franklin Avenue. For more information, call 847-455-2852.
New Lightning Detection System Installed at the Park District

Monday, June 02, 2014

A Lightning Detection System provides early-warning of lightning through Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific. The Strike Guard Early Warning System detects and tracks lightning strikes and provides warning when lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius.

When lightning strikes have been detected (no false alarms) within the warning area, the systems in that zone will provide warning. One long (15-second) siren will sound, and a strobe will flash on the unit. After the Strike Guard System determines conditions are safe, (30 minutes of no lightning) the siren will sound three five-second intermittent blasts and the strobe will go off, providing notice that it is safe to resume activity in this area.
Active locations include:
Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific.
Familiarize yourself with the warning unit in this park. Each location has signs such as the following explaining the Lightning Procedures. On the Park District of Franklin Park website, familiarize yourself with the sounds of the sirens so you can practice the proper safety procedures. Sirens and strobes will not go off when the parks are closed for the evenings or during none usage winter months.
Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately in the event of the following:
  • You hear one long siren.
  • You hear thunder (regardless of siren). 
  • You see lightning (regardless of siren).
  • You see the strobe light on when arriving at the park.
No place outdoors is safe when a thunderstorm is near! The best shelter from lightning is to be inside a substantial building.
  • Avoid car ports, porches, garages, sheds, tents, baseball dugouts, or under bleachers.
  • If no substantial shelter is available, then seek refuge in a hard topped vehicle, with the windows up.
  • Stay away from trees, electrical poles, or other tall objects.
  • DO NOT LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND! Crouch down on the balls of your feet to create the lowest profile

Familiarize yourself with the Lightning Alert sound.

For questions, concerns, suggestions, comments regarding these Lightning Detection Systems contact Nathan Wick, Superintendent of Parks, at 847-455-2852,
Strike Guard Lightning Detection System

Friday, April 11, 2014

Park District Commissioners approved the purchase of a lightning detection system for four pPark dDistrict locations at the March 25 Board Mmeeting. The Strike Guard equipment is designed to detect lightning and warn park and facility users to seek safe shelter.  The system will be based at the Community Center and have detection capacity at the Pool on Pacific, Birch Park and North Park.  The system sounds a siren and strobe light warning flashes when lightning is detected. It also sounds an “all clear” signal when lightning danger is over.
In addition to the system, the Park District is posting warning and informational signs at parks. There is more information at and we also encourage residents, participants, sports affiliate coaches, and staff members to download weather/lightning apps on their smart phones. These applications provide National Weather Service real-time information about storms and potential lightning. In the case of power outages, old fashioned awareness and detection methods, including the sound of thunder and lightning sightings, are also important tools. In our lightning safety training and communication we will stress the importance of using all available methods for lightning protection.
The system is scheduled for installation by May 19, 2014. For more information please see the online and phone app resources below.
Lightning Safety
More information on NOAA Weather Radio can be found at:
Lightning Phone Apps
  • Lightning Finder                     
  • Weather Bug                           
  • Accuweather
  • NOAA Now                            
  • NOAA Radar US

Elder Park & Lincoln Park - Now Open!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Looking for something fun on this cool, crisp fall day? Come to Elder Park and Lincoln Park to play!

Elder Park, (2932 Elder Lane) and Linclon Park, (3000 Lincoln Street) are now open and in the Spring, the Park District will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Enjoy the parks and let us know what you think!


Elder Park                                                                Lincoln Park


Elder, Lincoln and Chestnut Park Construction

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Construction is near completion for Elder and Lincoln Park and will be reopening soon. Chestnut Park's construction began, but won't be completed until Spring 2014. Official park openings for Elder, Lincoln and Chestnut Parks will be taking place sometime in Spring of 2014.

Visit our website and Facebook page for details on park openings.


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