If you are interested in programs for children birth to aged three – contact your preferred provider directly.
Enrolling your 3 or 4 year-old child in an early learning program is easy, and open year-round. Follow these easy steps to get your child enrolled in preschool:
Step 1) Click here to create an online account for your family
Step 2) Fill in information on your family, such as employment and income, information on your child, and then apply for your top choice preschool site
Step 3) If your child qualifies, you will receive an email this summer with information on how to verify your child’s preschool seat
See you for the first day of school in September!
If you have questions, please call our Chicago Early Learning Hotline: (312) 229-1690.
The City of Chicago and its partners offer early learning programs at over 600 sites throughout the city. Visit to identify sites in areas near your home or work. The Chicago Early Learning Portal allows you to identify a program’s quality rating, schedule and ages served.
We encourage you to reach out to preferred providers to ask questions or schedule a visit. Resources to help identify if a program is a good fit for your family are included on our family information page.
If you have any concerns with the online application, please call our Family Support Hotline at (312) 229-1690, or visit any of the Family Resource Centers listed below.
You are welcome to visit a Chicago Public School or community-based preschool site directly, within their operating hours, for additional support.
If your child is offered a preliminary preschool placement, you will receive an email with verification instructions.
Follow these three steps to accept your child’s placement:
*see below for a list of document types that are accepted as proof of your child's birth and proof of employment or other income
If your child has a seat at a Community-based site bring your documents directly to the site which your child was assigned.
If your child has a seat at a Chicago Public School (CPS) site bring your documents to a Family Resource Center.
|Resource Center||Address||Telephone Number||Hours of Operation|
|Austin Library||5615 W. Race Ave, Chicago IL 60644||(312) 746-5038||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Avalon Park Library||8148 S. Stony Island, Chicago IL 60617||(312) 747-5234||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Bezazian Library||1226 W. Ainslie St, Chicago IL 60640||(312) 744-0019||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Budlong Woods Library||5630 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60659||(312) 742-9590||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Humboldt Park Library*||1605 N. Troy, Chicago IL 60647||(312) 744-2244||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Legler Library||115 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago IL 60624||(312) 746-7730||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Little Village Library*||2311 S. Kedzie Ave, Chicago IL 60623||(312) 745-1862||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||9AM - 5PM|
|McKinley Park Library*||1915 W. 35th St, Chicago IL 60609||(312) 747-6082||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Portage-Cragin Library*||5108 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60641||(312) 744-0152||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Thurgood Marshall Library||7506 S. Racine Ave, Chicago IL 60620||(312) 747-5927||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|West Lawn Library*||4020 W. 63rd St, Chicago IL 60629||(312) 747-7381||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||12PM - 8PM||10AM - 6PM||9AM - 5PM|
|Colman||4655 S. Dearborn St, Chicago IL 60609||(773) 553-2010||9AM - 5PM||9AM - 5PM||9AM - 5PM||9AM - 5PM||9AM - 5PM|
Applications will be taken 30 minutes after opening and will end 30 minutes before closing.
Note: If your family is in a temporary living situation, you are not required to present the documents listed above for verification. All schools must immediately enroll students in temporary living situations even if the student lacks health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, proof of residency, or any other documentation normally required for school enrollment.