“Community” in the media

November 11, 2019

Longstanding preschool in Highland Park celebrates new home: ‘We just were not going to let it die’

By Karen Berkowitz

A 68-year-old Highland Park preschool ran into so many hurdles during its 2 1/2 year search for a new home that on five occasions, the board of directors though the school would need to close. so a recent open house showing off the preschool’s new four-classroom building at West Ridge Park was equally a celebration of the school’s survival. Click here to read full article…


May 12, 2015
Early learning documentary spotlights Highland Park
By: Karie Angell Luc

By this time of the school year, the children in the Yellow Room at Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center are accustomed to seeing their teachers, Rachel Giannini, Alice Rissman and Tracy Sohn.

They’ve also grown used to seeing filmmaker Ines Sommer, who carried a Canon camcorder May 6. As she trained her lens around the room, the students seemed unfazed by her presence, neither mugging for the camera nor staring at it while Giannini sang and strummed a guitar.  Click here to read full article…


April 1, 2014
Nursery school promotes child-centered curriculum
By: Jamie Bradley

It’s no secret that children are naturally curious,­ especially at preschool age. At Highland Park Community Nursery School, the teachers and care providers use that curiosity to their advantage. While many preschools and day care centers teach from the top down — with teachers planning the curriculum and dictating it to the students — Highland Park Community Nursery School does things a little differently.  More 

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March 27, 2014
Accident leads gourmet chef to cook for preschoolers
By: Karen Berkowitz

Pam Carlson is proud that her Highland Park preschool serves meals that have been freshly prepared on site. But when her cook slipped on the ice and broke her wrist in March, Carlson faced a dilemma.

The executive director at Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center put out an appeal through communications channels, and who should respond but chef Nabor Vasquez of Nieto’s, the successor to the famed Carlos’ Restaurant in Highland Park.  More
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March 21, 2014
Nieto’s Executive Chef Turns Nursery School Cook, Temporarily
Posted by Emily Stone

Toddlers aren’t necessarily known for their discerning palate. But it’s still a large task to serve 80 of them a day. So when the regular cook at the Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center fell and broke her wrist a week ago, Executive Director Pam Carlson knew she needed some temporary help in the kitchen.  More
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February 27, 2014
Preschool providers struggle with state cuts, family needs
By: Karen Berkowitz

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February 8, 2014
Nursery school truly a community project
By Nancy L. Webster, Highland Park Historical Society archivist

Logs from Highland Park trees provide seating in an outdoor classroom’s miniature amphitheater that also has a sandbox and murals at Highland Park Community Nursery School. Various pieces of this outdoor classroom share the distinction of having been designed, curated or provided by former students who are now professionals or as part of Eagle Scout or Bat Mitzvah projects.The not-for-profit institution provides licensed, accredited day care and early education to more than 120 students at two locations in Highland Park.  More 
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