Community Calendar

Check out the latest community events for your early learning agency as the city transitions back into in-person outreach events.

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CEL Ambassadors Wanted!

Connect early learners to a life-long love of learning! We need your help to get more children in your community enrolled in CPS Pre-K and community-based early learning programs for the Fall.

Every child deserves access to a quality early childhood education, and the Chicago Early Learning Early Learning Application is currently open to help this become a reality.

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Find Your Network

This resource can help families find programs in their area. Use this in the field to identify available programs by geography.


Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions on early learning programs, your child’s eligibility, the enrollment process, diverse learners, and get guidance for applying.

Is a child’s immigration status a consideration in the preschool application process?

No, the preschool application will never ask you or anyone in your family for proof of citizenship. Newcomer students can apply for a Pre-K program at a school site, over the phone, or with the assistance of another volunteer. Newcomer families are welcome to visit our Family Resource Centers for placement.

What are the steps to enroll?

There are 5 steps to apply! Those steps are to: Explore, Apply, Accept, Verify, Enroll. Learn more about each step here.

When does the application close?

The Chicago Early Learning application is open year round. For the best chance to be enrolled in our most desired programs we recommend you apply as early as possible.

If my child was on the waitlist last year, do I have to apply again?

Yes. Waitlist do not roll over to the next year. We recommend all families apply during the initial application period to improve their chances of getting into their preferred program.

Where do I receive support for filling out the application?

Families with questions or needing support completing the application can call 312-229-1690 for assistance with applications for both CPS schools and Community-Based Early Learning Programs. Additionally, Families can visit a Family Resource Centers at select Public Libraries for application and verification support. During the application period, families will be able to apply in person and verify enrollment at the school directly or at an FRC.

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Sample Booth Images

A few examples of Chicago Early Learning booths that set the standard for setting up your agency’s table for all future events.