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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

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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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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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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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