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 Cornello (847.441.6393), schedule a tour HERE, or take a virtual tour below: 


Willow Wood News
Play, Learn, Grow

Thank you for an amazing Play, Learn, Grow!  It was a joy to see your smiling faces at our second annual event.  With the special nature exhibits, face painting, bounce houses, live DJ, food trucks, swag bags, coffee bar and gorgeous weather, there was a little something to make everyone smile!  We are thrilled at the community response to Play, Learn, Grow and are grateful to everyone who helped share a bit of the Willow Wood experience with the larger community for the morning.  

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