CPS PreK Application Time 2014 (for school year 2014/15)
Thanks for the alert that the PreK application period is now open for the half-day programs.
These programs are free or fee-based, depending on your household income.
You can apply to any of the programs as not every school has a PreK program.
I am still a little unclear on the selection process. Is it still uber-difficult to get in, now that it’s not free for everyone? Are schools giving priority to neighborhood kids?
FROM CPS SITE:
Chicago: Ready to Learn! Applications will be accepted for School Year 2014-2015 from March 3, 2014 – April 11, 2014.
To apply, please visit one of our centralized application sites.
If you are applying for a child who has a sibling already in a Chicago: Ready to Learn! program, and this sibling will be at the same school next year, the new applicant can apply under the sibling priority. Please see below for instructions.
Here are some of the key questions from the site below.
Any feedback on the programs this year? For those who chose to send their child and pay the full rate, what are your thoughts on this?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I apply?
A. You may apply to a Chicago: Ready to Learn! program in person at an authorized application site or an authorized application event. For a list of these events, please call 312-229-1690. Paper applications will be available at the application sites or can be downloaded beforehand. Please note that income, residency, and proof of birth documents are required for all application submissions.
Q.. What factors are taken into consideration when placing my child?
A. The Chicago: Ready to Learn! program takes a variety of factors into consideration when placing a child, such as a family’s income, a child’s age, housing type, sibling status, and other factors. For a comprehensive list of entrance priorities, please visit our programs section.
Q. If my child was on the waiting list for the 2013-14 School Year, do I have to re-apply? Why?
A. Each year, all students are given equal opportunity to apply for seats at the upcoming grade level to which they are entering. Students who were placed on a waitlist for the 2013-2014 School Year must re-apply for entrance into a Chicago: Ready to Learn! program for 2014-2015. If your child is on a waitlist for this current school year, and you would like to find out more information about this or to check the status of availability for schools this year, contact 773-553-2010.
Q. Do I need an appointment to apply at one of the application sites?
A. No, you do not need an appointment to apply at one of the application sites. Please visit our how to apply section for a listing of sites and hours of operation.
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