We are Willow Wood. 

A play-based school in Winnetka for children ages 18 months to 5 years




Willow Wood provides a warm, nurturing environment that promotes social, physical and intellectual development.  We achieve this through a play-based curriculum that helps children develop imagination, ingenuity and confidence.  



Our curriculum includes a wide variety of classes, after-school programs and summer camps to suit all families and ages.  Our programs are taught by a dedicated faculty that has an impressive background in early childhood education.  



Parents, teachers and students grow and learn together at Willow Wood.  As a parent-run school, there are many ways to take part in the Willow Wood community.  From social events to classroom visits, we want you to enjoy your time with us.

From the logo to the website to the tour, I knew Willow Wood was something special. Such a warm, caring environment where the teachers truly have a passion for what they do. My kids and I have made lifelong friends here and we feel so lucky to be a part of such a welcoming community.
— Laura, Willow Wood Parent


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Would you like to tour Willow Wood in person? Please contact our Director, Sue Cornelo (847.441.6393), schedule a tour HERE, or take a virtual tour below: 


Willow Wood News

It’s that time of year many of us dread: the ending of Day Light Saving Time. The days grow shorter, there is less sunlight and 4:30 comes around and it seems like we all should be getting in our pajamas! Less outdoor playtime may lead to more screen time for your children. But, before you give in to the pleading for You Tube shows or games on your smart phone, read what Josh Golin, shared with the Willow Wood staff at the annual Alliance Networking Dinner. Josh is the Executive Director of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) latest recommendations for screen time:

  • Children under 18 months = zero screen time

  • Preschoolers = less than one hour a day

Tips for reducing screen time

  • Do an inventory of how your children spend their time. Is media displacing important activities?

  • Are there times you rely on screens to occupy your child? Are there alternatives?

  • Set clear expectations about time limits when kids do use media

  • Look in the mirror

  • Let kids work their way through boredom

5 Rules for Managing Media

  • Avoid screen time with babies (And nothing wrong with holding out longer.)

  • Insist on screen-free meals.

  • No screens in bedrooms

  • Have a designated screen-free time every week.

  • Stick to your rules!

Check out the website www.commercialfreechildhood.org for more information on screen time and managing media. There are great tips and parent tool kits to help reduce screen time in your home.

All my best,

As this new school year commences, I have found myself humming the tune I learned as a Girl Scout, “Make New Friends, But Keep the Old”. With the addition of 42 new families (a Willow Wood record) we have the opportunity to do just that! The excitement of Willow Wood’s summer activities has hopefully sparked new friendships for not only our new families, but for our returning ones, as well.

While much of our school year will look similar (Intake Conferences, Staggered Schedules, Kohl’s Halloween Party), we have many inaugural programming we are excited to kick off: New Parent Orientation (September 6), Poker Night (September 22) Curriculum Night (September 24), and Family Open House (January 27).

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