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Public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings have been an ever-changing process year after year. This year is no exception as CPS is once again in the midst of changes to their Chicago Early Learning programs (formerly known as Ready to Learn, Preschool for All and others).
The newest change is a Universal PreK (UPK) component, but CPS is rolling it out in phases to further confuse and muddle the landscape.
This latest initiative was announced by outgoing Mayor Rahm Ema...Posted on September 05, 2019 at 9:54 AM
As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time and full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2019-2020 school year.
It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), formerly known as “Re...Posted on April 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM
For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School (CPS) seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!
Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released on April 22. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to access th...Posted on March 18, 2019 at 12:06 AM
If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year for 4 magnet preschools are due December 14, 2018. If you are thinking about other preschool programs hosted in CPS schools, the deadline varies as outlined below.
There are different options available, with programs housed in select public elementary schools across the city. Most have already begun providing tours and scheduling o...Posted on December 03, 2018 at 10:40 AM
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CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year is Friday, December 14, 2018. Students entering kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of pre-k options available as well (click here for the basics on CPS preschool).
In CPS, there are two main types of schools to which you can apply:
Magnet schools and ...
“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”
As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM
Parenting a toddler can be hard enough without the pressures of finding that “perfect” school for your curious, inquisitive, rambunctious and eager little one. You’ve heard the rumors before: ”Get into the right school now so that your path to Harvard is assured. If you miss your window, you’ve missed your chance!” But is that really true? Is there even such a thing as a “golden ticket” to those coveted universities? Are we doomed to let go of those lofty dreams if we send our child to th...Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:19 AM
When a family realizes their amazing, delightful child may need more services to meet his/her needs, a cloud of confusion, panic and even dread tends to set in. They may have heard the acronym “IEP” but don’t even know that it means “Individualized Education Program” and that their child can receive specialized services to realize his/her potential. Can the complicated world of IEPs be reduced to just a few simple steps? Steps- “Yes” ; Simple- “No”.
Step 1: Identifyin...
If you have a baby and live within Chicago’s city limits, you have invariably been involved in discussions about how and where you will educate your children. Luckily, there are thousands of families who are successfully raising their kids in the city and wouldn’t change their experience for anything. Chicago offers an incredible breadth of school choices. There are school choices in all age ranges so your selection does not have to be set in stone from the first day of Pre-K. If you lo...Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM
How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that I was walking shoulder to shoulder with fellow toddler parents at my first NPN School Fair, held in a school gymnasium in those days. As I scanned the booths of various schools, I soon realized that there were far more schools than those that I had heard about through the buzz of playgroup talk. So many schools with so many programs and teaching styles I had no idea existed! While I felt the worry of choosing the right school, a...Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM