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Through Chicago Early Learning, all of our families—no matter their needs—will be able to find and secure a quality early learning program.
CPS New Enrollment Policy for Full Day 4-Year-Olds
Prioritized Points in Order:
Includes children in care, families in temporary living situations, families with income below 100% of FPL, and children with IEPs.
Kindergarten Attendance Area
Applying to attend a child’s kindergarten attendance area school.
Pre-K applicants who attend the same school as a currently enrolled sibling in grades K through 8.
Applying within 1.5 miles of the child’s attendance area school.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Programs
Age Group: 3 and 4
Many CPS elementary schools offer early learning programs as a part of their services.
Community Early Learning Programs
Age Group: Birth to 4
Neighborhood locations provide early childhood education and infant and toddler care. Hours vary by site.
Home Visiting Programs are available to qualifying families of children between the ages of 0 - 3 years. Certified coaches provide early care and consulting in the family's home. Find a program that offers home visiting by selecting 'Home Visiting' from search filters.
Note: Chicago Public Schools and community-based sites are not able to provide transportation to all early learning programs across the city. However, Chicago Early Learning encourages families to take advantage of public transit opportunities. Learn more at the CTA website.
Choosing the Right Program
Quality ratings for Chicago Early Learning programs, and programs across Illinois and the country, offer families more insight before they make final choices about a program for their child.
A safe, child-friendly space for 20 preschoolers at most, with toys and materials indoors and outdoors
Attentive, engaged teachers with 4-year degrees and training; 1:10 teacher: child ratios for pre-K
Variety in 1-1, small and full group age appropriate activities, with meals and naptime offered
And So Much More
Visitors welcomed with required safety measures, frequent handwashing by children and adults