The 2019-2020 School Year Application is Now Open.

 Will your child be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st, 2019? If so, now is the time to apply for fall preschool enrollment!


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Enter your address (work, home, or somewhere else!) to find a preschool or early learning program convenient for you and your family.








Important Update

Pre-K Application

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‚Äôs resources, has access to education that they deserve. Click here to learn more.

The Family Resource Centers are now open. For a full list of Family Resource Centers and hours of operation, click here. For more information on the preschool application process, click here.

Attention community collaborations! Are you interested in supporting early childhood efforts? Apply today for a competitive grant to implement or enhance current strategies to engage families and young children in Chicago Early Learning programs. Click here.

Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Applications are now being accepted.

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Explore our early learning programs!

Children who participate in high-quality early learning experiences are better prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.

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What is the preschool application process?

WATCH: How To Apply


Are you ready to apply for a preschool program for your 3- or 4-year-old? Learn about the process here or call (312) 229-1690 with your questions. 

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WATCH: How To Apply

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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.

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Meet all our partners and learn more about Chicago Early Learning.

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