Check out the latest community events for your early learning agency as the city transitions back into in-person outreach events.
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.
Get answers to your questions on early learning programs, your child’s eligibility, the enrollment process, diverse learners, and get guidance for applying.
No, the preschool application will never ask you or anyone in your family for proof of citizenship.
If you wish to alter information on a previously submitted application please call (312) 229-1690 to speak with an Application Specialist directly.
We’re using a new platform this year, you can create a new login to resolve your issue. If you have accessed the system previously, you will need to set up a new username and password to complete this year’s online application. New accounts may be created with a previously used email address.
The Initial Application Period will be open from April 19, 2022, to mid-May 2022.
You don’t have to apply during the Initial Application Period, but it will improve your child’s chances of
securing a seat in competitive early learning programs for Fall 2022.
Please note, that during the Initial Application Period applications are not technically considered on a
first-come-first-served basis. You will receive a notification on your child’s placement before someone who
does not apply during the initial application period, but enrollment is still prioritized based on need during
this time too.
Each child that is seeking to enroll in a new program is allowed only one application that ranks your top-five early learning programs. If you have multiple children that are applying for an early learning program, you must submit one application for each child.