Willow Wood is governed by a board of directors as a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory organization and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family services.

Willow Wood is a member of the following organizations:

  • National Association for Education of Young Children
  • Chicago Association of Education of Young Children
  • Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood


In June 1987, Willow Wood achieved accreditation by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Academy is the only national, professionally-sponsored, voluntary accreditation system for preschools.

Willow Wood has been accredited by NAEYC for more than 20 years, which is a reflection of our commitment to maintaining the highest quality preschool experience. Only 7% of schools nationwide (11% in Illinois) have earned this honor

Classroom Consulting Services

Willow Wood retains the services of a range of early childhood experts and consultants. From time to time, these consultants observe classes, confer with teachers at staff meetings and plan in-service training seminars.

We understand the need to see advise from professionals in the area of early intervention for young children. Periodically, we may require the services of a consultant to observe a child in the classroom and make individual recommendations. With the parents’ permission, these services will be provided by outside sources. Payment for such services will be discussed and agreed upon by the Director and parents before the services are rendered.