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



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

How do I begin to describe all the wonderful experiences the JK staff provides for their students? These ladies research ideas and uncover the latest trends to provide their students with a rich social emotional curriculum as well as early literacy and math skills. This combination helps prepare their students for kindergarten and beyond.

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“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”—Malala Yousafzai

Welcome Back or Welcome to Willow Wood! As many of you know, it is a magical place and for our rookie families, we hope you and your children will find your special place here at 684 Oak Street. 

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May is upon us and with the hope of sunny days, brings newness and growth!

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Welcome back!! Speaking from experience, the remainder of the school year always flies by upon returning from Spring Break!

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Every year March arrives and I expect the temperatures to rise and the sun to shine. You’d think someone who has lived in Chicago all her life would know better!

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Happy January…but wait…where is the snow?! Perhaps the Snowflake Festival on Sunday, January 27 from 3:00-5:00 pm will bring snow!

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