Tribune’s ABCs of Preschool

March 2, 2009 at 12:00 am 2 comments

The Trib ran and article today about the basics of finding a pre-school in Chicago.  There seem to be a few nuggets of helpful information throughout.  I’ve found that the Tribune’s reporting on child-related topics (especially by this particular reporter) tend to be very anecdote-based.  She interviews a few people in the same neighborhood (maybe even her friends, who knows?) and seems to report things as trends.,0,3390973.story

Anyhow, the article says the following about neighborhood CPS pre-school, which I know isn’t true.  Most that I’m aware of seem to be pretty full and you need to get your butt in pronto to get a spot.  (Well, now I’m using anecdotal evidence to make a point.  Actually, this whole blog is based on just one person’s experience – mine – so who am I to criticize?  Then again, she’s getting stuff published in a major news source and getting paid and I am not.  So there.)

How to apply: If you decide to send your child to the public school within your attendance boundaries, you likely don’t need to fill out an application to attend.

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  • 1. Mari B  |  March 24, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Pre-school Pre-Registration (filling out applications) is scheduled from April 13 – 17.

    Due to preschool for all, and the economy and other need based programs, it’s probably wise to get in on this process when it’s first available.

    The pre-school my son currently attends and I hope my twins will attend in the fall, has a waiting list. The criteria they follow is based on need: special needs 4 year old’s are placed first, then they place the special needs 3 year old’s, and then back to the typically developing child… until the spots are filled. Oher criteria are taken into consideration also however I have been told it’s a lottery.

    In this school, most classes are blended and they do an exquisite job with placing the children in each appropriate classroom.

    But no matter what each school’s enrollment policies are, it’s probably best to have your Application in as soon as possible, just in case.

  • 2. Nicole Lemmon  |  December 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I agree that the following statement is misleading:

    How to apply: If you decide to send your child to the public school within your attendance boundaries, you likely don’t need to fill out an application to attend.

    My neighborhood school does require an application. I had the misfortune to contact them in March for the upcoming academic year to enroll my daughter in their “Preschool for All” classroom only to find out that there was already a long waiting list.

    If you want to enroll your child in your CPS neighborhood school’s free pre-k program, I would definitely recommend contacting the school as much as one year in advance to inquire into their application process for the following year and to submit your application (I know, it’s ridiculous!). So, if you’re looking for pre-k for 2010-2011 the time to contact your neighborhood school was yesterday!

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