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Last modified: January 20, 2013, 10:10 PM
During the last decade, Niles Township has become home to the largest growing population of immigrants and refugees in the Chicagoland area. Rapidly changing demographics prompted the Niles Township Superintendents' Association to spearhead an effort to create a parent center. With the support of local school boards, the Niles Township Schools' English Language Learner ELL Parent Center opened its doors in July, 2008.
The Center serves as a welcome resource for parents to support them in advocating for their children's academic achievement. Through survival-based programming, the Center offers English classes, access to community services, and uniquely designed workshops. Programs are crafted to meet parent needs and encourage parental involvement and leadership in the community at large. Ultimately the Center strives to provide the skills and tools to understand and navigate the U.S. educational system for the rich and diverse tapestry that is the backdrop for sixteen schools (Niles North, Niles West, and their Pre-K-8 feeder schools) in Skokie, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, and Niles.
Center Objectives: 1) Literacy - so that parents can effectively communicate 2) Access to Community Resources - so that parents can support raising healthy children 3) Parent Education - so that parents themselves can model life-long learning
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