The 69th annual Winnetka Children's Fair will be held on June 6th and 7th!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Erika Schmitt at or check out the website at


Upcoming Events


9/3: First Day of School

9/10 - 1/11: Corridor Coffees 



Nursery School Programs

Winnetka Community Nursery School offers a full range of preschool programs that meet the needs of 2-year-olds through 6-year-olds.  We also offer enrichment programs in a number of specialized areas.  Our programs provide the child with opportunities to learn and explore plus time to reflect.  To provide this rich experience, we use both indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the year.


Registration dates for the 2014-2015 school year are as follows:

November 4-8, 2013: Applications accepted from WCNS Board members

November 11-15, 2013: Applications accepted from currently enrolled WCNS families

November 18, 2013: Registration opens for new families

December 2, 2013: Notification of placement or wait list will be emailed

The 2014-2015 Application will be available on Monday, October 21, 2013

**Applications will not be accepted before designated registration dates.


2014 – 2015 Class Offerings

Junior Kindergarten

8:45am – 11:15am M-F (5 day program)

Child must be four by September 1, 2014

The WCNS Junior Kindergarten Program offers an opportunity for early childhood growth and discovery in our age appropriate environments providing:

• Language and Literacy

• Mathematical Thinking

• Scientific Thinking

• Social Studies

• The Arts and Nature

• Personal and Physical Development

• Maximum student to certified teacher ratio 20:2


3-Year-Old Preschool Class

Child must be three by September 1, 2014

8:45am – 11:15am  MWF (3 day program)

• Within our indoor and outdoor learning spaces, children find the world of learning, socialization and exploration exciting and engaging

• Focus includes indoor and outdoor learning areas that are designed for art, sand and water discovery, book reading, music and movement, block building, table games and pretend play

• Maximum student/certified teacher ratio 18:2


2-Year-Old Preschool Class

Child's birth date must fall between 9/1/2011 - 3/31/2012

 8:45am – 11:15am T and TH (2 day program)

• 2 year-olds are introduced to learning and exploration in our caring, indoor and outdoor environments with experienced teachers.

• Focus includes sensory and socialization experiences using language, literacy, nature and fine arts

Maximum student to certified teacher ratio 12:2


Splendid Day Enrichment

Child must be three by September 1, 2014

11:30am – 4:30pm M-F (children can be enrolled in 1 to 5 days)

• A mixed-age classroom (ages 3 through Kindergarten), uniquely designed for the interests and developmental levels of both preschoolers and kindergartners

• Specially designed enrichment program for parents and children wanting a longer school day (pick up time is flexible between 3:00pm – 4:30pm)

• Children create, explore and discover in a nurturing, inviting and intentionally designed environment in both our indoor and outdoor learning spaces

• Morning nursery school students transition directly to Splendid Day; District 36 students are bused directly from kindergarten

• Includes a delicious, hot organic lunch served family-style, creating an important opportunity to increase social and conversational skills with peers and teachers

• Maximum student to certified teacher ratio 18:2