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Wilmette Preschools

Banner Preschool
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-3955

Banner Preschool believes that children learn best by being active participants in the learning process and the program is geared to stimulate intelligence through creative learning experiences. Curriculum includes music, art, reading readiness, cooking, science and social studies. There is an indoor gym and outdoor playground.

Banner is open to children two-five. Two-year-olds attend two days a week; three-year-olds attend three days; four and five-year-olds attend five days. They also offer extended class offerings in the afternoons before and aftercare (new for 2015-2016), and a summer camp program.

Baker Demonstration School
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 425-5800

Baker's program is based on the premise that children construct knowledge through discovery and free play and through social interactions with peers and adults. Content areas include language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, social studies and the arts.

Two year olds can enroll for 2, 3 or 4 days a week. Class size is very small, with no more than 12 children. There is a master teacher plus two associates for a 4:1 student teacher ratio. Three and four year olds attend a mixed-age program either 2, 3 or 5 days a week for two and three quarter's hours. Student teacher ratio for this age group is no higher than 7:1.

They also offer full and half day summer programs for children age 3 by Sept. 2015.

Ronald Knox Montessori School
2031 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-2922

Open to children 15 months to 6 years, Ronald Knox Montessori School strives to create a nurturing, stimulating environment that is responsive to a child's needs and tendencies at each stage of his or her development its goals are:

  • to help each and every child reach his or her full potential by attending to his or her total development - intellectual, social, physical and emotional
  • to instill a lifelong love of learning in children along with a profound respect for themselves, each other and the world around them
  • to foster a strong community of parents, faculty and administrators for the benefit of the children, and to promote stewardship of the school

The Toddler Program helps ease the transition from home to school and focuses on motor skills, language skills and socio-emotional development of the child. The class meets M-F for two hours and children must be 2 by Sept. to be enrolled. The Early Childhood Program spans a full three years. Classes meet for three hours M-F. During this time, the children experience tremendous growth in all areas of development. They are introduced to concepts in reading, writing, and math. The curriculum also includes social studies, language arts, music and movement, geography, history and science.

Early bird, lunch program, enrichment and summer camp programs are also available.

Rose Hall Montessori School
1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-2002

Based on the educational philosophy and methods of Maria Montessori, the goal of Rose Hall is to nurture the mind and spirit of each child. In addition to cognitive development, the focus is on the development of a sense of order, concentration, coordination, independence and respect for others – traits he/she will need to become a successful student and, eventually, a citizen of an always changing world.

Known for its excellent educational programs, the school offers bright, peaceful classrooms. The nurturing, professional teachers create a joyful, stimulating environment for the children and a strong sense of community for families. From arrival as a young toddler until graduation as a kindergarten student, each child is provided with opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically. From colors and shapes to math and reading, the child follows his inner drive to learn and progresses through the unique Montessori program at his/her own pace while being guided by dedicated, highly trained teachers.

Each Rose Hall program is carefully designed to meet the specific educational and social/emotional needs of the specific age group. Development varies greatly in young children so each classroom has a wide variety of materials to help each child continue to progress at his/her own rate.

Rose Hall is open to children 16 months to 5 years old. The youngest kids (

St. Francis Xavier School
808 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091

The St. Francis Xavier Early Childhood Program builds confidence, develops social skills and provides a solid academic foundation to prepare students for a successful transition to elementary school. The Program provides for the educational, emotional and moral development of students through thoughtful, creative teaching strategies and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The school's talented teaching staff strives to create a safe and welcoming learning environment and works in conjunction with parents through open and frequent communication.

St. Francis Xavier is open to children 18 months to 5 years. Under 3's attend once a week with a parent. Three-year-olds attend three or four days a week with a lunch bunch option and four-year olds attend four or five days a week with lunch bunch and enrichment options. The curriculum includes activities in language arts, dramatic play, art and music as well as reading, science and math readiness. The SFX Early Childhood staff makes learning fun through games, music, friendship, activities, outdoor play and creative events. Small and large motor skills are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.
Summer programming available as well.

St. Joseph's School
1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-7870

The St. Joseph Early Childhood Program is designed to expand and stimulate children's minds and provide them with an unparalleled first academic experience. There is a strong emphasis on Catholic values and teachings. They focus on the child as an active, competent learner and offer:

  • Structured, child-centered faith based activities
  • Hands-on learning and exploration including working in our very own garden
  • Grade school buddies to act as guides and role models as well as emphasize a connection with the community
  • Participation in grade school events
  • Spacious indoor and outdoor play areas

Two-year-olds attend for two hours either two or three days a week. Three-year-olds attend for two and a half hours 3, 4 or 5 days a week. The Junior Kindergarten offers a full or half day program for four-years-olds and includes four or five day options.

Trinity Church Nursery School
1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-0479

Trinity Church Nursery is a non-denominational preschool dedicated to the belief that each child is a precious individual with a unique pattern of development. It encourages children to stretch their imaginations, gain a sense of independence, develop friendships and try new things.

A parent-toddler group for young two year olds is offered on Mondays from 9:30-11:00. Older twos attend twice a week from 9:15-11:15. Classes contain up to 16 children with 2 teachers and 2 assistants plus music specialist. Three year olds attend 3 times a week for two and a half hours. Classes contain up to 20 children with 2 teachers and 1 assistant, plus a movement specialist and music specialist. Four year olds attend 4 times a week. Classes contain a maximum of 20 students - 2 teachers and 1 assistant, plus a Spanish Specialist, music/movement specialist, and science specialist.

Wilmette Community Nursery
1125 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-5888

Wilmette Community Nursery School is open to children ages 2-6. The curriculum emphasizes play, social interaction and creativity, and encourages curiosity and the development of self-esteem by emphasizing the children's ability to make choices for themselves. The rooms are set up with multiple stations for play designed to accommodate 3-4 children at a time. Activities include art projects, water/sensory table, book corner, dress up area, play kitchen and manipulatives. Children play outside every day (weather permitting) or in a large room equipped for large motor activities (balls, scooters, music and dancing).

Older two's attend two days a week for two hours, three's can attend two or three days a week for 2.5 hours and four's attend four days a week with an option to add a 5th day for 2.5 hours.

Parent/Toddler classes as well as enrichment classes are also available.

Wilmette Park District
Community Rec Center
3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 920-3910

This program is geared to 3-4 year olds and based on the philosophy that children learn through play and experience. Children are offered a chance to learn in a place where each child meets with approval and success. The belief is that when given the opportunity, children will naturally explore, discover, learn to cooperate with others, and develop a strong self-esteem. Through a wide variety of experiences, children develop their social, emotional and physical skills as well. Utilizing the Creative Curriculum approach, each classroom offers an area for blocks, small and large motor activities, quiet time and dramatic play, as well as areas for music, art, literacy and science/discovery.

The morning three year old Preschool program meets two, three or five days a week. The morning four year old Preschool program meets three or five days a week. A Lunch Bunch option is offered for four year olds and extending their day until 1 p.m. The Full Day Preschool program is for three and four year olds and meets two, three or five days per week.

Board of Jewish Education at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-4507

As a lab school, The BJE Early Childhood Centers' (BJEECC's) curriculum is based on the most current research findings in the field of child development, early childhood education, family education, and Judaica. They have incorporated the Reggio Emilia system of learning into their progressive concept of Jewish early childhood education.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based on recognizing that the young child has many ways of expressing his or herself. Through project work and thought provoking discussions, children learn to interact, problem solve and express themselves on an individual basis as well as in a group setting.
Programs are designed to:

Provide sound developmentally appropriate methods for the all-important separation process.

  • Promote each child's optimum emotional, social, and cognitive growth
  • Teach children how to develop a positive self-image
  • Provide readiness building skills for future learning
  • Encourage children to be curious and explore freely.
  • Integrate Judaic values and experiences throughout the program

One Hope United – Wilmette Child Development Center
3013 Illinois Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-6600

One Hope United Child Development Centers cater to the individual needs of each community, child and family in their care. Experienced staff customize each child's curriculum based on their individual strength, temperament, observations and formal assessments. They nurture children's growth and partner with parents to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners.

Utilizing the Creative Curriculum, teachers design a classroom environment that includes learning centers such as blocks, dramatic play, art, library, math and science, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, literacy and computers. Through active involvement with this environment, children learn to understand the world around them, make choices and explore through hands-on activities.

In addition, their Healthy Lifestyles curriculum brings nature and sustainable living concepts into the classroom by emphasizing exercise, healthy routines, nutritional practices and environmental awareness. Daily indoor or outdoor activities that promote this philosophy are embedded into their school readiness program through experiences such as cooking, maintaining center gardens and creatively using recycled material. Field trips and events encouraging family participation are part of the curriculum at all One Hope United child development centers.

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