COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our outreach efforts, but we will continue to share opportunities for your agency to connect with the public.

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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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.

If I have multiple children that I would like to enroll in preschool, how can I ensure that they are placed in the same site?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that siblings will be placed at the same site. We will make every effort to keep siblings of the same age together, but factors such as space, age, and individual needs may prevent us from ensuring placement with siblings. Preschool applicants whose older siblings will be attending grades kindergarten and above do not receive any priority placement into that preschool.

My child was put on the waitlist in the 2019-2020 school year but they never received a seat. Do I need to reapply for the 2020-2021 school year?

Yes, you must re-apply for the 2020-21 school year. Waitlist applications do not carry over to the next school year.

I can't login to my Chicago Early Learning account. The system does not recognize my username.

Sorry for the technical difficulties. If you are still having trouble logging in, you'll need to create a new login username (not previously used) in order to fill out this year's application. The system resets each program year, so unfortunately any existing account that was made in prior program years will not be able to be used.

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Talking Points

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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.