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Guide to Wilmette Preschools

Preschool classHere ‘s my list of the best preschools in Wilmette, based on my own experiences and research, as well as the recommendations of friends and clients.

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.

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  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 quarters hours. Student: teacher ratio for this age group is no higher than 7:1.

Lutheran General Children’s Day Care

3013 Illinois Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-6600

This school accepts children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. This is a true day-care option and runs from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, though you can choose to go full-time or part-time.

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 Early Childhood Program spans a full three years. 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.

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 our 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. Please choose the appropriate program for your child’s chronological age from the options below. Click on the program name for more detailed information.

Rose Hall is open to children 17 months to 5 years old. The youngest kids (<2) attend on Mondays from 9:00-10:30. Two year olds attend two days a week from 8:30-10:30 and 3-5 year olds attend five days a week.

St. Francis Xavier School

808 Linden Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091

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 once a week without a parent and older children attend 3,4 or 5 days. The curriculum includes activities in language arts, dramatic play, art and music as well as reading, science and math readiness. Small and large motor skills are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.

St. Joseph’s School

1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 256-7870

St. Joseph offers a 2 year old program and a Montessori-based preschool program for 3-5 year olds.  2 year olds attend for two hours either two or three days a week. They engage in creative play within a structured environment and are introduced to Catholic teaching and faith. Children 3-5 years old attend for two and a half hours 3,4 or 5 days a week. The program is highly individualized  and emphasizes creative thinking, self-confidence and independence. It includes the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum.

Trinity Church Nursery School

1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-7333

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. Three year olds attend 3 times a week for two and a half hours. Four year olds attend 4 times a week.

Wilmette Community Nursery

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

Wilmette Community Nursery School is open to children ages 2-5. The curriculum emphasizes play, social interaction, creativity and curiosity. 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).

Wilmette Park District

Community Rec Center
3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091

This program is geared to 3-4 year olds and based on the philosophy that children learn through play and experience. 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.

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