Pre-K Early Learning Options

Explore Your Pre-School and Early Learning Options

Ready to Learn PreK Hotline: 312.229.1690

School-Based PreK Programs

Call 312.229.1690 or visit  to learn more and apply!
orange-hand Aldridge Elementary School  
630 E. 131st Street
Chicago, Illinois 60827
Phone: 773.535.5614
purple-hand Wheatley Child-Parent Center at Carver Elementary
902 E. 133rd Place
Chicago, Illinois 60827
Phone: 773.535.5718 or 5719
*Enter through door #1 across from the playground
*Flyer here
blue-hand DuBois Elementary School
330 E. 133rd Street
Chicago, Illinois 60827
Phone: 773.535.5582


Important to Know:

  • For parents/legal guardians of children who turn 3 or 4 by September 1, preference given to 4-year-olds.
  • Programs run during school hours for the school year.
  • Half- and full-day programs are offered. (CPS cannot guarantee applicants a full-day program)
  • No school or work requirement.
  • Sliding scale fees. Free for most families.
  • CPS recommends that children be toilet-trained.
  • For children with an IEP, they can be enrolled in PreK on their third birthday.

Center-Based PreK Programs

Centers for New Horizons
Altgeld Early Learning Center
941 E. 132nd Street
Chicago, IL 60827
Phone: 773.468.3055

CYC Dorothy Gautreaux

975 E. 132nd Street
Chicago, IL 60827
Phone: 773.291.1000
*Flyer here

Important to Know:

  • For parents/legal guardians of infants and children, talk directly with center staff to learn if toilet training is recommended.
  • Programs run year-round during summer and school vacations.
  • Full day programs may have work, school, or other requirements.
  • If you aren’t sure you qualify, talk directly with staff . You might be surprised.

TCA Health can provide necessary school physicals and dental exams:
1029 E. 130th | 773.995.6300

Metropolitan Family Services can provide application assistance for Altgeld residents:
13218 S. Ellis | 773.371.3629

Students in Temporary Living Situations (CPS): 773.553.2242

More Resources:
All programs for children 0-5:
School-based/CPS PreK programs only:

Upcoming Events

December 7, 2017
  • Early Learning Coalition Meeting

    December 7, 2017  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Carver Park Fieldhouse, 939 E. 132nd Street

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December 12, 2017
  • Teen Tuesday at Altgeld Library

    December 12, 2017  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Altgeld Branch, Chicago Public Library, 13281 S Corliss Ave, Chicago, IL 60827, USA

    Come check out how you can contribute to and make a difference in your community. Altgeld Library's Teen Tuesday series seeks to bring together teens to promote educational, emotional and spiritual growth.

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