The 2018-2019 Preschool Application is NOW OPEN.



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“Every child in every neighborhood deserves a quality education and that must begin in their earliest years.”

- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Important Update

Pre-K Application Process Announcement

The Family Resource Centers will reopen on May 7, 2018. For a full list of Family Resource Centers and hours of operation, click here. For more information on the preschool application process, click here.

If you are interested in enrollment for the current school year:

  • For CPS schools, please go to Colman School. Contact information can be found here.
  • For CBO sites, call the site directly.  Contact information can be found here.
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Children who participate in high-quality early learning experiences are better prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.

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What is the preschool application process?

WATCH: How To Apply


Are you ready to apply for a preschool program for your 3- or 4-year-old? Learn about the process here or call (312) 229-1690 with your questions. 

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WATCH: How To Apply

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Early learning doesn’t only take place in a preschool classroom.

Chicago offers a variety of stimulating children’s activities to get kids learning, moving, and playing. Learn more about what is offered by city agencies and organizations.

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Latest News

Mayor Emanuel Launches Improved Universal Preschool Application

Mayor Emanuel visited Avalon Park Library to announce the revamped universal online preschool application, which gives families a single point of entry to access the more than 600 high-quality community and school based preschool programs throughout Chicago.

Thomas Hughes Children's Library Re-Opened

The newly re-opened Thomas Hughes Children’s Library powered by Exelon, was dedicated by Mayor Emanuel on July 13th. The re-envisioned space boasts a maker space and distinct areas or “neighborhoods” for early learners: ages 0-5, middle-childhood learners: 6-10 and tweens: ages 11-14 with a full digital media lab...

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