Wheeling Country Day School’s PLAYgroups program offers a unique and premier experience for children ages 1-3. Our new Little Explorers program for ages 1-2 and We Two program for ages 2-3 are designed to create a positive first impression for our youngest students. We recognize the importance of introducing them to fundamentals that will set them up for success as they progress in their education.

The PLAYgroup program at Wheeling Country Day School focuses on the child within the learner. It is an engaging centers-based curriculum that matches the way children develop and learn, meeting their personal learning needs in a hands-on and nurturing environment.

Children need time for fantasy and spontaneous play. Therefore, the playgroups invite pretending and storytelling, which provide the most fertile ground for language growth, both contextual and semantic.

In addition, the campus layout allows children to be active and to follow their natural sense of wonder. They play and learn in nature with found objects that inspire creativity.

Far from curriculum in a box, the program allows the teachers to take their cues from their students, and then actively guide and encourage their curiosity, intellectual strengths, and above-average skills.

All of the playgroup classes meet every week throughout the school year. Little Explorers meets once a week for one hour and fifteen minutes with a parent or caregiver. We Two also meets once a week for one hour and fifteen minutes with a parent or caregiver.

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Wheeling Country Day School is a safe place to try a new skill that could become a life’s passion, to connect with an adult who will forever believe in you unconditionally, to balance the vulnerability, to lead with the empowerment of being part of a team and something greater than yourself.

Art and Creativity

Art in the Little Explorers and We Two playgroups fosters creativity, self-expression, and fine motor skills in young children. Through activities like color mixing, exploring different art techniques, and collaborative projects, children develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally while enjoying the freedom to express their imaginations.

Gross Motor Skills Development

The Little Explorers and We Two playgroups promote gross motor skills development, enabling children to strengthen their muscles, improve coordination, and engage with peers in a dynamic and stimulating environment.

Group Play

Group play is essential for our toddlers as it helps develop social skills, such as sharing, cooperation, and empathy, while fostering language development through interaction with peers. In the Little Explorers and We Two playgroups, children benefit from group play by building relationships, learning to navigate social dynamics, and enhancing their communication abilities in a supportive and engaging setting.


Little Explorers is a nurturing program designed for one- and two-year-olds, offering a safe and engaging environment for early learning. Children can socialize with peers and develop cognitive skills through play, music, movement, stories, crafts, and more. With active participation from parents or caregivers, Little Explorers fosters a collaborative and enriching experience, promoting a natural love of learning and curiosity in young children.

We Two

Welcome to the wonderful world of the toddler years! Wheeling Country Day School offers We Twoa great introduction to the parent-teacher partnership in a child’s education.  We Two offers children opportunities to understand their world, interact with others, and explore their natural curiosity.  The parents/caregivers provide security and support while the children experience music and movement, stories, crafts, and playtime throughout the program

PLAYgroup Summer Programs

The PLAYgroup summer programs offer engaging and enriching activities for young children, fostering creativity, social interaction, and developmental growth in a fun and supportive environment.

Tutoring & Multisensory Learning

Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences. 

Early Childhood

For students ready to graduate from playgroups, Wheeling Country Day School offers Early Childhood preschool and kindergarten.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the PLAYgroup program ensure effective parent-teacher communication?

We maintain open lines of communication with parents through regular updates, emails, and scheduled parent-teacher conferences. Additionally, we use a secure online platform to share important announcements, class activities, and student progress to keep parents informed and engaged in their child’s learning journey.

What safety measures are in place to ensure the well-being of the children in the PLAYgroup program?

The safety of our students is of utmost importance. Our school has implemented strict safety protocols, including secure entry systems, trained staff for emergencies, and regular safety drills. We maintain a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow with confidence.

How does the PLAYgroup program address individual learning needs and developmental differences among students?

We recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each child. Our teachers employ differentiated instruction to cater to various learning styles and developmental stages. We regularly assess students’ progress and provide additional support or challenges as needed to ensure every child reaches their full potential.

What opportunities are provided for parental involvement in the PLAYgroup program?

We actively encourage parental involvement and engagement in various school activities and events. Parents are required to attend and participate in our PLAYgroup sessions.


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Applying online is easy with WCDS. Complete and submit your online application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child. You can download and submit the records release form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above. 

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The school takes great pride in the fact that the Head of School meets with each family to engage in a mission/philosophy conversation. Admissions Events offer this group opportunity or you can contact the Admissions Office for special arrangements. 

Experience WCDS by coming to the campus for an age-appropriate visit with faculty and peers. 

Diversity Statement

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WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.

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Observe our curious and engaged students and teachers in their classrooms and throughout our spacious campus with its grass playing field, classroom courtyard, and outdoor amphitheater. Sit in on classes that give great attention to a curriculum that matches the optimum times for learning within a child’s first ten years.

Upcoming Early Childhood Admission Events

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