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Frequently Asked Questions for Families in English and Spanish

Eligibility is established at the time of enrollment. First priority is given to children receiving child protective services or who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. Second priority is given to eligible four year olds (defined as children turning 4 on or before September 1 of the school year). Third priority is given to eligible two, three and five year olds. Within these priorities, families with the lowest adjusted gross monthly income are admitted first.  

Additionally, for full-day Early Childhood Education programs, priority 2 and 3 families must provide documentation verifying that all adults counted in the family size are employed, actively seeking employment (shall be less than 30 hours per week), attending school/training during center hours (including online courses), have a parental incapacity or are seeking permanent housing (shall be less than 30 hours per week).


Early Education Centers operate 245 days per year, usually from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


All children enrolled will receive at least one nutritious meal daily, depending upon the upon the length of the program. Meals are served in the classroom where children can enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. At mealtime they practice eating independently, eat and enjoy a variety of foods and engage in social and instructional conversations with other children and adults at their tables.


A current District Emergency Information Card must be on file at the school so that parents can be notified promptly in case of accident or injury involving their child. A child may only be released to an adult at least 18 years old listed on the Emergency Information Card.


If you need help finding an Early Education Center in your area, contact  our  division office at Phone: (213) 241-0415.