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If you are interested in programs for children birth to aged three – contact your preferred provider directly.

Are you ready to apply for preschool for your 3 or 4 year old?

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.

Have you found the right program for your child?

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.

Need application support?

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.

How will you verify your child's placement?

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:

Step 1) Gather Documents

*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

Step 2) Bring and verify Documents

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.

Family Resource Centers

Resource Center Address Telephone Number Hours of Operation
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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

*Bilingual support

Applications will be taken 30 minutes after opening and will end 30 minutes before closing.

Step 3) Bring your child on the first day of school in September. Let the learning begin!


*List of Documents that are generally accepted for verification:

Proof of child’s age

Proof of address

Proof of income

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.