School-Based Health Centers
School-based health centers are primary health care sites located in schools or nearby schools. There are 33 school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Chicago that provide services that include but are not limited to: immunizations, physical exams, sports physicals, behavioral healthcare, chronic condition management, sexual and reproductive health care, and acute care.
School-based health centers provide comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate, non-judgmental, confidential care. Students can access health services at school-based health centers at no out-of-pocket cost. Most school-based health services require parent or caregiver consent. Some SBHCs are available to the community and to neighboring schools. Please call ahead before making an appointment. View the list of the 33 CPS School-Based Health Centers.
Use the Find a Health Center map to locate a Federally Qualified Health Center near you. Health Centers can provide you and your family with comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services as well as supportive services such as health education, translation, and transportation that promote access to health care. Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale.
CPS offers a variety of resources to assist students as well as parents and caregivers in obtaining vision and hearing screenings. Vision screenings are required annually for students in Pre-K, K, 2nd, and 8th Grades. Hearing screenings are required annually for students in Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades. Students who are new to the district and students with an IEP must also receive vision and hearing screenings.
- Vision and hearing screenings are conducted to determine if a student requires a full vision and/or hearing exam.
- Vision and hearing exams are done by a doctor to determine overall health and prescribe eyeglasses or hearing aids if needed.
Screenings and Exam Referrals
Vision and Hearing Screening Technicians are assigned to every school to provide free vision and hearing screenings for students. Technicians reach out to the school to schedule services. If a student needs a vision or hearing exam, the technician will provide parents and caregivers with referral resources to ensure the parent is able to schedule an appointment for a vision or hearing exam. Screening clinics are also available by appointment for students who were absent on screening days or who are new to the school.
Hearing and Vision Screening Clinic Location
Garfield Park Office
2651 W. Washington Blvd.,
Chicago IL 60612
For more information, please email OSHW@cps.edu.
CPS partners with a variety of agencies to provide access to vision services and glasses at no cost to the student or family. Vision exams are required by October 15th for students entering Kindergarten or entering Illinois schools for the first time at any grade level. Vision exams are recommended for students who:
- Fail the vision screening
- Require an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Receive teacher recommendation based upon classroom observation
- Experience squinting, tilting of the head, sitting close to the television, losing place while reading, rubbing eyes, excessive tearing or headaches
School-Based Vision Program
Ask your school when the school-based vision provider is scheduled, or call the CPS Vision team to find out more at (262) 586-9130.
Illinois Eye Institute at the Lewenson Center
The Illinois Eye Institute at the Lewenson Center is a vision clinic that provides students with comprehensive eye exams and glasses, if needed. The Illinois Eye Institute may bill Medicaid health insurance or other currently applicable insurance companies for services. Please call to make an appointment.
Illinois Eye Institute (IEI) at the Lewenson Center
3241 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Vision Exam Resources
- Vision FAQ for Parents [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ] (Please call the CPS Vision Office at (262) 586-9130 for updated hours and locations during COVID-19)
- State of Illinois Vision Examination Report [ ENGLISH | SPANISH]
- Vision Exam Consent Form [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
- Preventing Eye Strain - The 20-20-20 Vision Rule
- Vision Program: Schedule An Eye Exam [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
- 10 Signs a Student Needs Eyeglasses
CPS partners with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System's Department of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) to treat various diseases of the ear, such as chronic ear infections and hearing loss.
Students who meet referral criteria following a hearing screening and/or threshold test by the CPS Audiometric & Vision Screening Technician are referred to a medical provider or UIC who will contact the parent/caregiver to make an appointment.
The UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary requires insurance. If you need assistance enrolling in Medicaid, reach out to the CPS Children and Family Benefits Unit. You will need to obtain a referral or authorization if they are required by your insurance carrier.
UIC Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
*The school-based dental program is suspended during the 2020-2021 school year. The program will resume in September 2021.*
The school-based dental program in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides all consented students with access to dental exams at no cost to families. Exams are comprehensive and include a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment, and dental sealants as necessary. To receive no-cost dental services at school, submit the Dental Consent Form as soon as possible.
Dental Exam Resources