PARENTS

Parents Page

Welcome, Parents, to your very own section on the DFSS Children Services Division website. This section is designed to assist anyone who is a parent as well as anyone who cares for young children. 

PARENT NEWS

Are you interested in enrolling your child(ren) in a Chicago Early Learning (CEL) Program? Enrollment for CEL Programs is OPEN YEAR ROUND for families to apply.

We have programs for:
· Pregnant women
· Infants and toddlers (0-3)
· Pre-school ages (3 -5)

CEL programs include Head Start and Early Head Start that include high quality early learning experiences lead by qualified teachers, free breakfast and lunch served family style, and wrap around services to support the whole families.  CEL programs include home-visiting, licensed family child care homes, and center-based care to meet the needs of individual families.  Some of our programs are available for a full day 7.5 hours, and working families can find extended day programs.

You can find the location of DFSS funded programs here on the Chicago Program Locator
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chicagoearlylearning/home/search.html

You can call any provider to see what kind of availability and what services they offer or call for here for help finding a program that meets your family’s needs. 

Families that are specifically looking for Head Start and Pre-K programs for three and four-year-olds can either call a provider listed on the Chicago Program Locator or apply through the Online Application here:

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chicagoearlylearning/home/programs.html

CITYWIDE PARENT POLICY COUNCIL (CPPC)

CPPC 2020  Meeting Calendar Dates
All meetings are held at King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Keep in mind, this calendar is subject to change and updates will be provided as needed. 

   · January 22
   · February 26
   · March 25
   · May 27
   · June 24
   · August 26
   · November 18
   · December 16

Click here to download the fully detailed meeting and training calendar. 

Citywide Parent Policy Council (CPPC) Agenda & Minutes 
All meetings are held at King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Keep in mind, this calendar is subject to change and updates will be provided as needed. 

  · January 22, 2020 Meeting Agenda
  · February 26, 2020 Meeting Agenda

OTHER RESOURCES AND LINKS

Family Start (FAST)
Family Start (FAST) Learning and Supportive Services empowers and strengthens Chicago Early Learning families with resources, workshops, and special events for Chicago Early Learning families for free! Click here to view the available programs and resources!

FAST Parent Outreach Program: https://cfl.uic.edu/fastservices/po/ 

Tips for Parents: Choosing Books for Infants and Toddlers: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/parenting/article/tips-parents-choosing-books-infants-toddlers

7 Super Things Parents and Caregivers Can Do: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/parenting/article/7-super-things-parents-caregivers-can-do