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Pre-K Enrollment Process (SY20-21)

Children must be three or four years old, but not yet five years old, on or before September 1st, in order to be age eligible for a CPS preschool program. Enrollment in any CPS preschool program is subject to availability of space.

Once you have accepted an offer for placement in a CPS-managed preschool program, the school will communicate enrollment information. When you visit your chosen school to register your child, bring the following documents: 

  • Proof of child’s age
  • Proof of current Chicago address 
  • Health forms, including physical examination, immunization, and dental

Chicago Early Learning lists types of documents accepted for preschool enrollment.  

Learn more about CPS health requirements for preschool students. 

For more information about the enrollment process for tuition-based preschool programs at elementary schools, contact your school.

Community-Based Programs

The Chicago Early Learning website provides enrollment information for community-based childcare and preschool programs. Contact your chosen school to verify what documents you will need to present for enrollment.