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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“Every child in every neighborhood deserves a quality education and that must begin in their earliest years.”

- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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’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.

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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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Latest News

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.

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