The City of Chicago is committed to bringing acces to the high quality early learning
opportunities to families throughout the city. In addition to great programs for children
at schools and community-based preschools, there are a number of opportunities to start
stimulating your child with early learning in other environments.
Chicago PrE-Learning is an 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. PrE-Learning provides children with a safe and simple way to adjust to remote learning without missing a beat. There are plenty of activities for early learners of all levels to enjoy. Use Chicago PrE-Learning to learn new fun activities, access e-learning tools, and resources and get the support you need to guide your children through remote learning.
Chicago PrE-Learning is an 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.
PrE-Learning provides children with a safe and simple way to adjust to remote learning without missing a beat. There are plenty of activities for early learners of all levels to enjoy. Use Chicago PrE-Learning to learn new fun activities, access e-learning tools, and resources and get the support you need to guide your children through remote learning
Chicago Park District
Today, more than ever, it is important to keep one's body and mind, active and healthy. The Chicago Park District takes great pride in making Chicago’s parks the perfect place to spend with family and friends. Yet given the current circumstances, we encourage Chicagoans to stay home and briefly go outdoors. We hope residents will go for short walks or runs in their neighborhoods while maintaining the appropriate physical distance from one another.
The Park District will deliver ways to stay active at home, with a series of activities and programs typically offered at park locations. Visit the Chicago Parks District for more information on staying active at home, and for the latest on park locations and facility closures.
Chicago Children's Museum
The doors of the Chicago Children’s Museum are temporarily closed to meet the demands of the moment. However, they’re still sharing activities and resources and families to enjoy at home. To continue playing together, albeit virtually, they’ve created a Parenting Playbook and Recipes for Play at Home. These are new online resources of at-home activities, video guides, and some of the best-curated content from across the internet. Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum website for the latest imaginative activities and updates.
Chicago Public Library
Despite the temporary closure of Chicago Public Libraries, Chicagoans can still use the library remotely. Families can access library resources and information, including eBooks, audiobooks, music, video, and online resources, 24/7 on their website. Visit the Chicago Public Library website to learn more.
Chicago City of Learning
Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) is a groundbreaking initiative that joins together learning opportunities for young people in a way that allows them to think about, pursue, and develop their interests. CCOL brings early childhood experiences to spaces during the summer to prepare children to enter Kindergarten. For up to date information and revised summer availability due to COVID-19, visit CCOL.
Chicago Department of Public Health
The foundation for early learning and a child’s success starts with maternal and infant health. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s neighborhood health clinics offer care support for expectant mothers and wellness services for children. CDPH also has a resource finder for many needs for families expecting or with young children, including health care and other supports like clothes, car seats and more. Contact the Chicago Department of Public Health for details.
Medicaid and SNAP (Food Stamps)
Children and Family Benefits Unit (CBFU) connects families to public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps) and free and low-cost health insurance (Medicaid). Along with application assistance, provided by community partners, CBFU also helps families renew and manage their public benefit cases by ensuring that applications are successfully completed and submitted to the Illinois Department of Human Services. For any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 773-553-KIDS (5437). Those affected by recent COVID-19 related job losses may qualify.