In 1967, a group of Kenilworth women decided to start a nursery school.

With little money but much enthusiasm, the Kenilworth Community Preschool was born. The school first opened its doors to 25 students in the Church of the Holy Comforter. In 1970, the school moved across the street to the Kenilworth Union Church. Three classes were offered to 34 children.


The school moved to the Winnetka Presbyterian Church in the fall of 1971. As it was no longer located in Kenilworth, a new name was selected – Willow Wood Preschool. That first year two classes were offered to 36 students. In 1972, four classes were offered and the enrollment grew to 58.

In June of 1996, the Willow Wood Board began a search for a new home. With the assistance of a very hard working and dedicated board, we moved into Christ Church in Winnetka for the 1998-1999 school year.


Today we have seven classes for 3 and 4 year olds and four Parent-Toddler classes. We also offer Lunch Bunch and Enrichment classes.088

During the summer, we offer a six week camp for children turning 3 by September 1. The program meets Tuesday through Thursday mornings.