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

We are offering three additional new exciting enrichment options for the 2018/19 School Year! Take a look:

Hola and Bonjour
Introduction to the languages of Spanish and French through songs, games and hands-on activities.

Yoga and Creative Expressions
Children will improve their flexibility, strength and coordination as they are guided through various yoga poses, movement and exercise. This will allow them to experience body awareness, concentration and relaxation. After yoga, children will be immersed in a variety of artistic and creative experiences; expanding their open ended thinking, developing hand eye coordination and fueling their imagination.

Hi-Five Sports Club
Hi-Five Sports Club is designed around team sports, and other physical activities, helping young children build confidence and self-esteem. The various sports activities encourage the development of language, large and small motor skills, social and emotional skills as well as the importance of teamwork. Children will eat their packed lunch in the Hi-Five party area. Transportation available from Willow Wood Preschool to Hi-Five Sports for the first 11 kids signing up that want transportation. The van is equipped with booster seats. Hi-Five is insured for transportation.

Please contact Julie McCauley (assistant registrar) for more information!

By:  Sue Cornelo, Director

The Alliance for Early Childhood provides our community with a multitude of opportunities to better understand and enhance the lives of our young children. In March, The Alliance sponsored an afternoon with Tuesday’s Child, Behavior Management Experts in Chicago. The discussion was enlightening, uplifting, humorous and educational. Many of Willow Wood’s staff members were in attendance and took away new strategies and ideas to implement in the classrooms.


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