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2018-07-24 Print

The Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

North Shore Child Care Center Announces their 30th Anniversary and Celebrations


NORTHBROOK, IL — Thirty years ago history was made when The Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center opened its doors to all children. The first of its kind, the Center was unique in its philosophies, offerings, and learning environment. In the proceeding three decades, The Nielsen Center has made remarkable strides and contributed to the growth of thousands of children. The Center continues to be recognized for its comprehensive approach to excellence in early childhood development and education.

“The 30th anniversary highlights The Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center’s mission of partnership with our families and community to develop excellence in early childhood education,” said Reagan Miller, Executive Director. “Children ages 6 weeks through Kindergarten experience an individualized curriculum which focuses on exploration and discovery in a unique setting. We create supportive, natural learning environments, driven by the interests of the children.”

“At this time, we look forward to celebrating our achievements with our families,” said Miller. “Most importantly, this anniversary allows us to reflect on where we have been, and how we plan to continue to grow and nurture the next generation of students.”


Commemorative celebrations will occur throughout the year for The Nielsen Center’s families, culminating in a ribbon cutting ceremony and commemorative art installation to be revealed in late summer 2018. The mosaic tile art installation will reflect the founder Gertrude B. Nielsen’s vision for the love of nature and children. The art installation was designed for its unique ability to capture the essence of our children and their endless imaginations and discovery of the world.

The anniversary celebration also highlights The Nielsen Center community engagement opportunities and enrichment programs. Families will attend an outdoor concert experience and picnic compliments of our area sponsors at The Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois.

The 30th anniversary celebration will honor the late Gertrude B. Nielsen, who founded the not-for-profit center with her son, Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. in 1988. At the age of 90, Mrs. Nielsen fulfilled her vision and dream of starting a childcare center for working families.

“We are thrilled that our 30th anniversary will celebrate, honor and build upon the core values and philosophies upon which The Center was founded. Our focus on inspiring creativity, fostering curiosity and teaching in a unique setting has been consistent with the original concept,” said Sonja Nielsen, President, Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center Board of Directors, and granddaughter of the founder. “I am proud of the exceptional care, attention to detail and thoughtful programming that takes place at The Center every day. Granny truly was a visionary when she founded this most special place and I am grateful that the tremendous staff carries on her legacy.”

About Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center

The Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center maximizes children’s potential, and students’ growth with professional educators. The Nielsen Center models excellence in early childhood education through creative exploration and learning in safe, beautiful and natural environments. The Nielsen Center establishes high quality programs and a partnership with families to create meaningful community connections.

Based in Northbrook, IL,The Nielsen Center is a not-for-profit corporation that has been serving the community since 1988 focusing efforts originally derived from the vision of our founder Gertrude B. Nielsen. The Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care Center is a unique single-site facility, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Go to gbnchildcare (dot) com for more information.

Contact Info
Reagan Miller
Gertrude B. Nielsen Child Care and Learning Center
3835 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

Phone: 847-564-3022