Early Childhood Center of Wilmette Preschool

2021-22 Information and Registration - Space Still Available

The Early Childhood Center Preschool provides a program for three and four year-olds that is nurturing, allows children to grow through their natural instinct to explore, lays a solid foundation of self-confidence and prepares them for elementary school.

Our Approach

Our program, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, is 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 strong self-esteem. Through a wide variety of experiences, children also develop their social, emotional and physical skills.

At the Early Childhood Center, children learn in a place where each individual meets with approval and success. Our teachers offer children a variety of small and large group activities. We do this because we believe it is important that every child have a positive learning experience. Utilizing the Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum, each classroom conducts weekly studies, offering areas for blocks and dramatic play, small and large motor activities and quiet time, as well as experiences with music, art, literacy, phonemic awareness, math and science.

While our instructors offer each class an environment that gives children the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential, we also serve as a support system, helping to meet each individual family's needs.

Combined-Age Option

The Early Childhood Center offers a unique five-morning program for older three-year-olds, to accommodate the rapid development of fine motor and cognitive skills within this age group. This is a multi-age class that combines the older three-year-olds with four-year-olds for a special classroom experience, allowing for many unique learning opportunities. Children must be three years old by March 1 to enroll in this program.

The Early Childhood Center follows the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as one Park District staff in-service day. Children must be three years old by September 1 and toilet trained. Pull-ups and diapers are not permitted.

For additional program information, please contact:

Early Childhood Supervisor
Julie Mantice
Email: jmantice@wilpark.org
Phone: 847-920-3910

  • Full-Day Preschool

    The Wilmette Park District Early Childhood Center offers high quality preschool education with extended coverage to provide a full-day program option. Children may join us for 2, 3 or 5 days at 11:15 a.m., after their preschool day ends, for a hot catered lunch and extended classroom activities.

    Activities will include art, music, science, literature, outdoor playtime and free exploration. The afternoon will also include a rest/naptime. Note: Children must be enrolled in the Wilmette Park District Preschool program, and must be toilet trained.

    In addition to closures on Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Memorial Day, the Full-Day Preschool program will be closed for two weeks over Winter Break, one week for Spring Break, one staff in-service day and during summer vacation.

    This program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services. For additional program information, please contact:

    Early Childhood Supervisor
    Julie Mantice
    Email: jmantice@wilpark.org
    Phone: 847-920-3910

  • Morning Preschool Plus

    A nice opportunity to extend a child's time at school through the lunch hour, this program is a great option for children who are ready for a fuller day and more enriching Preschool experience.

    Children will be served a hot, catered lunch (as required by DCFS) and then enjoy a variety of activities such as music, gymnastics, art, drama and science.

    Morning Preschool Plus will follow the Wilmette Public Schools District 39 calendar of full days off, as well as one Park District staff in-service day. For more program information, please contact:

    Early Childhood Supervisor
    Julie Mantice
    Email: jmantice@wilpark.org
    Phone: 847-920-3910