We are Willow Wood. 

A play-based school in Winnetka for children ages 18 months - 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.

When my 18 month old ran into the classroom and didn’t want to leave we knew Willow Wood Preschool was for us! Being new to the North Shore we are so grateful to have made family friends that connected us to the community. We feel very lucky to have found such a great pre-school!
— Brenna, 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

Willow Wood Preschool hosted its annual Treasure Hunt Tuesdays this past July.  

The events took place at Dwyer Park Tuesday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 28 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

We wore out our children before bedtime with a fun treasure hunt throughout the park. Our little ones delighted in winning prizes and finding treasures. Everyone was welcome!

Blast Into Summer

Willow Wood recently hosted a series of afternoon play dates at Hubbard Woods park, called Blast into Summer. Everyone in the community was invited to join in and kick off some summertime fun! The kids had a groovy time playing a rousing game of FREEZE DANCE, and everyone was delighted when the ice cream truck arrived with cold treats to help cool off in the summer heat!


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