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.

How can I change something on my submitted preschool application?

If you wish to alter information on a previously submitted application please call (312) 229-1690 to speak with an Application Specialist directly.

Do you need to create a new login?

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.

What’s the window for the Initial Application Period?

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.

Can I submit more than one application?

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.

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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.