OUR HISTORY

Wilmette Community Nursery School’s history dates back to 1961, making it one of the first preschools in Wilmette. Lee Borre, a beloved nursery school teacher, was selected to lead the school due to her warmth and sensitivity with children.

From the start, WCNS was a huge success and grew rapidly. In September of 1961, WCNS opened with nine children. Within four short years, enrollment reached up to 40 children. In 1968 the school established itself as Wilmette Community Nursery School (WCNS) and began operating as a not-for-profit organization. WCNS continued to steadily grow, eventually adding an extended enrichment program in 1979.

Today, WCNS has programs serving children ages two through kindergarten. A small school that began as a simple outreach program for nine children in 1961 now helps to meet the needs of approximately 100 children and their families. The school’s purpose and philosophy remain the same: WCNS is committed to providing a warm, nurturing, supportive environment that enables the young children in our care to develop to the very best of their potential.