Universal Pre-K

Beginning for the upcoming school year 2020-2021, Skinner West will transition from a tuition based Pre-K program to a free, universal Pre-K program.  All applicants MUST APPLY through the Chicago Early Learning web site.  Pre-schoolers who were already enrolled in our tuition-based program will be grandfathered into the new Universal Pre-K program

Skinner West will host two classrooms with 20 students in each class. Each class will be staffed by a teacher and teacher assistant. Pre-K school hours will be from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. An extended day program will be available until 6:00 p.m. for a fee.






If you have a child who will be turning 4 years old by September 1, 2020, please follow these steps to apply:

  • Go to chicagoearlylearning.org

  • Click on Find Locations

  • Enter your address and zip code

  • Enter birth date and click Find Programs

  • Refine Search and select CPS under Program Features to narrow down the choices.

  • Select Mark Skinner Elementary School or other Pre-K sites of your choice.

  • Click More Information and then the Apply Today! button.

  • Complete the application with all of the requested information.

If you need assistance with the application, please call the Chicago Early Learning hotline at (312) 229-1690.

Notification for acceptance will be made in mid or late July by the CPS Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE). Applicants are placed based on risk and age.

After receiving official notification of acceptance from OECE, the school will contact you to begin the verification and registration process."