Welcome to the Early Childhood Center of Wilmette!

Early Childhood Supervisor: Julia Mantice
Email: jmantice@wilpark.org
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 before and after-school programs named CARE@Schools and 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 before and after-school programs for school-age children, Morning CARE @ Schools and C.A.R.E., meet two, three or five days per week. For C.A.R.E., the Park District provides bus service for students from Wilmette public and parochial schools.


Early Childhood of Wilmette 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.

Morning Preschool, Morning Preschool Plus, and Full-Day Preschool programs are running in-person. Our 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.