What is Chicago Early Learning?
Every child deserves equitable access to high-quality early childhood education. Chicago Early Learning provides access to early childhood education options through both CPS and Community-Based programs. We’re committed to the success of Chicago’s early learners. There are high-quality early education options for every child from prenatal through 5 years old in every Chicago neighborhood.
City of Chicago
The City of Chicago has a firm commitment to providing high-quality early learning experiences to young children and their families. Chicago Early Learning is the online portal that serves as a one-stop-shop to help parents find programs, assess program quality, and understand their child’s eligibility for programs offered by the City. Our goal is to make the process of finding, applying to, and enrolling in early learning programs transparent, equitable, and easy.
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is dedicated to supporting a continuum of coordinated services to enhance the lives of Chicago residents, particularly those most in need, from birth through the senior years.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start programs deliver services to children age birth to five and their families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being. The Head Start program serves about 1 million children and pregnant women in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout America. Head Start services are provided in Community-Based Preschool and Early Learning Programs, family child care homes, or in the family's own home.