For Families

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Through Chicago Early Learning, all of our families—no matter their needs—will be able to find and secure a quality early learning program.

“Every child in every neighborhood deserves a quality education and that must begin in their earliest years.” - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Why Early Learning?

Early learning programs...

Types of Programs

The early education programs at the City of Chicago are available in a number of different settings:

Preschool (Ages 3 - 5)

Preschool programs may be referred to as Head Start or Preschool for All

Who do they serve?

Three to five year old children from qualifying families

What do they provide?

Infant and Toddler (Ages 0 - 3)

These programs may also be referred to as Early Head Start, Prevention Initiative, or Early Intervention.

Who do they serve?

Children aged birth to three years old from qualifying families

What do they provide?

Choosing the Right Program

Visit your top choice early learning programs in person, if you can. You will know it's a strong program when you see the following:

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