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Winnetka Preschools

Winnetka Community Nursery School
800 Pine St., Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-4432

This is a play-based program whose goal is to foster the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children. Their teaching philosophy integrates the theories of Dewey, Piaget, Erikson, Montessori and Vygotsky. The emphasis is on developing social skills, fostering a positive self-identity and emotional well-being, encouraging thinking, reasoning, language and literacy. Key activities include: imaginative play, cooking, sensory activities, music and singing, manipulative toys, gross motor play, outdoor play, dramatic play and experiential art.

Two-year-olds meet twice a week, three-year-olds meet three times a week, and children age four by Sept. 1 meet 5 days a week. Afternoon enrichment and summer programs are available as well.

Winnetka Public School Nursery
1155 Oak St., Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-5153

Founded in 1926, Winnetka Public School Nursery is an individualized play-based program where children learn to think critically, express themselves creatively and relate constructively to the world. Curriculums are modified every single day based on the interests of each class to promote cognitive development by utilizing materials and activities that the children truly care about. It is a Reggio-Emilia inspired school that believes that the child's environment is the "3rd teacher" that inspires exploration, collaboration and joy. Students enjoy a low teacher-to-student ratio and the largest preschool playground in Winnetka. Its name (Winnetka Public School Nursery) is misleading as this is a private, non-profit school, not a public school.

Younger 2's meet twice a week; maximum class size is 12. Older 2's year and younger 3's meet three days/week from 8:45-11:15 am. Maximum class size is 16. Older 3's and 4's year can attend either 4 days a week in the afternoon or 5 days a week in the morning. Enrichment, summer camp and toddler (ages 16-23 months) programming are available as well.

Willow Wood Preschool
684 Oak St, Winnetka, IL 60093

Willow Wood is a play-based program for children ages 18 months - 5 years old that encourages children to learn through exploration, creativity and problem solving. They provide a warm, nurturing environment that promotes the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child.

Parent/tot classes meet weekly. Younger 2's meet twice a week, older 2's have the option for two or three days week. 3's have the option for three or four days week. Older 3's and younger 4's meet four days a week with a morning or afternoon option, and older 4's meet five day a week with a morning or after option as well. Enrichment programming and summer camp for 3 & 4 year old's is also offered.

Harkness House for Children
630 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 501-2549

Harkness House is located in the Winnetka Community House and accepts children as young as eight weeks. It is a true "day-care" program in that it runs year round and operates from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm with full day or part day options available. Small classrooms, caring staff, and low student/teacher ratios make Harkness House a warm, nurturing and enriching environment, with individualized feedback for parents and detailed information on children's daily activities.

Activities include art, music, sensory table, manipulative toys, socialization, gross motor and outdoor play. Older children have the opportunity to participate in tumbling, Spanish, yoga and swimming as well.

Sacred Heart School
1095 Gage St, Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-0005

Sacred Heart School is a private pre-k thru 8th grade school in Hubbard Woods that prides itself on its sense of community. Their earliest programs prepare young students to thrive in a structured learning setting but also provide a warm and nurturing environment to develop children's confidence and comfort in their ability to learn.

The Junior Kindergarten is a half-day program built around the development of social, language, math, and motor skills. The children are given ample free-choice time within a structured class schedule so that their natural love of learning is incorporated into their transition to student life.

The full day Kindergarten curriculum continues to develop social, language, and math skills. It also starts to expand into reading readiness, writing, science and religion. Kindergartners work independently, with small groups, and in whole class exercises in order to expose them to different learning environments. Each Kindergarten student is matched with a 4th Grade Buddy to connect them with the older students, and with their own future development path. Students attend selected school masses.

The French School (French Institute of the North Shore)
562 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 501-5800

The French School, an extension of the French Institute of the North Shore, is a total French immersion program that offers a unique environment for children to acquire one of the greatest gifts: the ability to learn a second language. The French School follows the highly respected école maternelle (French preschool/kindergarten) curriculum established by the French Ministry of Education. This structured and goal-oriented curriculum imparts essential skills to your child that are seamlessly interwoven into thematic units consisting of fun, playful, age-appropriate activities. Children attend for half a day, 5 days a week. They also offer a six-week summer camp program.

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