Our History

In 1973, a small group of Washington Park parents recognized the need for a quality community preschool experience for their children.  They imagined a neighborhood preschool where their cooperative efforts would create a safe, nurturing environment for their children.  Today, this tradition continues with our Early Learner and Preschool classes and our active parent cooperative community.

During the spring and summer of 1973, the founding parents worked daily to make WPELC a reality. When WPELC opened its doors for the first time, parents quickly discovered the value of class participation and children flourished in the warm environment.

Parents, teachers and children have come and gone, taking with them unforgettable learning experiences, skills and a sense of self-worth that have helped them in their education, professions and family life.  New families enter the school bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm and new ideas and skills.