Universal free, full-day pre-kindergarten (UPK) is Coming to Chicago! We are working to ensure every four-year-old in Chicago, regardless of their family’s resources, has access to education that they deserve. Click here to learn more.
Community Organizations or Community Collaborations: If you are interested in supporting the enrollment of young children in your community, we invite your collaboration to submit an application to receive funding to increase preschool enrollment in your communities. Click here for more information.
As of October 1st, 2018, summer sites for Family Resource Centers will close until next year. Colman, 4655 S. Dearborn St., will remain open as the central location for Chicago Public Schools verification every Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM. For more information on the Pre-K application process, click here.
Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Applications for Fall 2019 are now being accepted.
Early learning doesn’t only take place in a preschool classroom.
Chicago offers a variety of stimulating children’s activities to get kids learning, moving, and playing. Learn more about what is offered by city agencies and organizations.Learn More
Mayor Emanuel Unveils Plan to Make Full-Day 4-Year-Old Pre-Kindergarten Universal
Mayor Emanuel announced plans to implement universal full-day pre-kindergarten for 4-years-olds, starting with expanded programming for an additional 3,700 children in CPS this fall of 2018. Access to universal full-day pre-kindergarten will ramp up to all 4-year-olds in Chicago by the fall of 2021.
Mayor Emanuel Launches Improved Universal Preschool Application
Mayor Emanuel visited Avalon Park Library to announce the revamped universal online preschool application, which gives families a single point of entry to access the more than 600 high-quality community and school based preschool programs throughout Chicago.