Preschool Enrollment:

Required Documentation Checklist (This is applicable both to School Year 2015-2016, and 2014-2015, and Child Parent Centers. Please note, at LVA, three items are required for Proof of Residency, and only one item is required in each other category.)

    • Chicago: Ready to Learn! application
    • Proof of child’s age*
      • Original birth certificate
      • Passport
      • State-issued medical card
    • Proof of residency*
      • Driver’s license/ID card
      • Utility bill
      • Lease agreement/mortgage statement
      • Current voter’s registration card
    • Proof of income*
      • Current paystub
      • 1040/W-2
      • SSI Letter
      • Unemployment letter/stub
      • Workers’ compensation letter/stub
      • Retirement or pension stub/letter
      • Alimony
      • Official child support letter
      • TANF
      • Income verification form
    • Proof of active military service of parent/guardian 
  • Families of Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS) are exempt from the supplemental documentation requirements. Please click below for more information. 
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Please note: applications are only accepted for school-based preschool programs. To enroll in a community-based preschool program, please contact the agency directly.

Grade Kindergarten to Grade 8 Enrollment:


Kindergarten Enrollment Eligibility: All children residing in the City of Chicago who are 5 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year, are eligible for enrollment into a CPS Kindergarten program.


The parent, legal guardian, or temporary custodian of any elementary age child enrolling in a Chicago public school is required to submit proof of age and required medical records to the school.


Proof of age

Includes, but is not limited to, any ONE of the documents listed below:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s baptismal record
  • Passport
  • Court documents
  • Medical records

Proof of current address

Includes, but is not limited to, any TWO of the documents listed below:

  • Current utility bill
  • Illinois driver’s license or State of Illinois identification card
  • Deed
  • Employee identification number
  • MediPlan/Medicaid card
  • Court documents
  • Illinois Department of Public Aid card
  • Stamped United States Post Office change of address form
  • Illinois state aid check/social security check

Health requirements

Children are encouraged to submit their required immunizations and physicals prior to the start of the school year and no later than October 15of the current school or they will face expulsion from school.


Physical examination requirements

All students must have a physical examination within one year of:

  • entering schools in the State of Illinois for the first time, at any grade level
  • entering kindergarten or 1st grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade (ages 5, 10, 15 for ungraded programs)
  • entering preschool, up to age 6 (physical exam and lead screenings)

Immunization requirements

  • Diptheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus (DTP/Td)
  • Inactivated Polio
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Haemophillus Influenza, Type B (HIB)

Dental requirement

All students in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade must have a dental exam completed by a licensed dentist prior to May 15th of the current school year.  If you want more details about the immunization requirements, or if you have questions, first call your local school nurse or the Office of Coordinated School Health (773) 553-1830.


To Start the Enrollment Process, Click HERE!