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The City of Chicago’s Early Learning Portal is the place for families to learn, find and apply for high quality early learning programs across the city.

Apply now for preschool!

The application is still open for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The application for the 2017 – 2018 school year will open May 2017.

Questions? Browse our FAQ page for more information.

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The City of Chicago’s Early Learning Portal is the place for families to learn, find and apply for high quality early learning programs across the city.

Apply now for preschool!

The application is still open for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The application for the 2017 – 2018 school year will open May 2017.

Questions? Browse our FAQ page for more information.

For Families

Children who participate in high-quality early learning experiences are better prepared for success in both kindergarten and over a lifetime of learning. Click here to learn more about how to invest in your child’s success through early learning, the different types of programs offered, and tips to help you choose a high quality program.

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Find & Compare

Search by the address where you live or work to quickly find all the early learning programs located near you. Refine your search to find the features you most care about. Choose your "favorites" and compare them on a list.

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Apply Today

Are you ready to apply for a preschool program for your 3- or 4-year old? Click here to learn more about the application and enrollment process or call 312-229-1690. Then fill out an application online through your individual family portal today. Questions about programs for younger children (ages 0 - 3)? Please read our FAQ.

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The application is still open for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The application for the 2017 – 2018 school year will open May 2017.