Enrolling your 3- or 4-year-old in a Chicago Early Learning preschool program is easy and open year-round. Follow these easy steps to get your child enrolled in preschool.
Proof of child's age
- Original birth certificate
Proof of Address
- Driver's License/ID card
- Utility bill
- Lease agreement/mortgage statement
- Current voter registration card
Proof of Income
- Current paystub
- SSI Letter
- Unemployment Letter/Stub
- Workers' compensation letter/stub
- Retirement or pension stub/letter
- Official child support letter
- Income verification form
Step 2: Bring and Verify Documents
If your child has a seat in a Community-based program, you will be notified about our new safety measures to bring your documents directly to the site which your child was assigned.
If your child has a seat in a CPS-based program, you will be notified about our new safety measures to bring your documents to a Family Resource Center or school where your child has been offered a seat.
Step 3: Bring your child on the first day of school.
Let the learning begin!
Note: If your family is in a temporary living situation, you are not required to present the documents listed above for verification. All schools must immediately enroll students in temporary living situations even if the student lacks health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, proof of residency, or any other documentation normally required for school enrollment.
Have you found the right program for your child?
The City of Chicago and its partners offer early learning programs at over 600 sites. Visit our search page to identify sites in areas near your home or work. The Chicago Early Learning Portal allows you to identify a program’s quality rating, schedule and ages served.
Need application support?
If you need additional support with your online application, have questions or need to make changes to your application please contact or Chicago Early Learning Support Hotline: (312) 229-1690