Registration for the 2021-22 School Year for CARE, Campus Clubs (Romona, McKenzie and Centennial) and Kindergarten Enrichment opens:

Tuesday, June 8 at 9 A.M.


Learn more about CARE and Campus Clubs on our Beyond the Bell page!

View & register for 2021-2022 School Year programs on Explore! Online.

Welcome to the Early Childhood Center of Wilmette!

Early Childhood Supervisor: Julia Mantice
Tel: 847-920-3910
Call Julia to schedule a parent tour

At the Early Childhood Center, children learn in a place where each child meets with approval and success. Our teachers offer children a variety of individual, small and large group activities.

The Wilmette Park District's Early Childhood Center is located at 3000 Glenview Road, in the Community Recreation Center. It offers a morning Preschool program for two, three and four year-olds; a Full-Day Preschool for three and four year-olds; and coordinates an after-school program named CARE for children in grades K-6.

The morning two, three, and four-year-old Preschool programs meet two or three days a week. A morning Preschool program with a mix of older 3's & 4 year-olds meets five days a week. A Preschool Plus option is available, extending the day until 1 p.m. Our Full-Day Preschool program is for three and four-year-olds and meets two, three or five days per week.

Our after-school program for school-age children, CARE, meets two, three or five days per week. The Park District provides bus service for students from Wilmette public and parochial schools.


The Wilmette Park District Early Childhood programs are licensed under the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and follow strict COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that our children stay healthy and safe.

At this time, Morning Preschool, Morning Preschool Plus, and Full-Day Preschool programs are running in-person. Our Early Childhood programs have the following safety protocols in place:

  • Children are required to wear masks, social distance and engage in frequent handwashing.
  • A daily health screening is required to participate in our programs.
  • Children remain in their pod throughout the day, and classrooms have been designed to promote hands-on learning and fun while remaining safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julie Mantice at 847/920-3910.