The 2020-2021 School Year Application is Now Open.

 Will your child be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st, 2020? 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

Phase III Cautiously Reopen: Industry Guidelines for Reopening

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials, have developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase III: Cautiously Reopen. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. Click here for details.

Chicago PrE-Learning Launch

Chicago PrE-Learning is a NEW online education platform for early learners (from birth to age 5) to easily continue their education outside of the classroom and from the comfort of their home. Chicago PrE-Learning gives families easy access to the resources they need on one platform. We know that this can be a stressful time for many, especially with the added responsibility of being your child’s primary educator while schools are closed. Our #1 goal is to support you to help your child succeed in learning at home.

For more information on Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Applications, click here. 

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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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