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Registration and Enrollment


Parents or legal guardians are required to present the following documents to enroll their child in 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 15 of 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, sixth grade, and ninth grade (ages five, 10, 15 for ungraded programs)
  • Entering preschool, up to age six (physical exam and lead screenings)

Immunization Requirements

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

Dental Requirements

All students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must have a dental exam completed by a licensed dentist prior to May 15th of the current school year.


CPS Health Requirements and Forms


Pre-K Enrollment Process (SY20-21)

Children must be three or four years old, but not yet five years old, on or before September 1st, in order to be age eligible for a CPS preschool program. Enrollment in any CPS preschool program is subject to availability of space.

Once you have accepted an offer for placement in a CPS-managed preschool program, the school will communicate enrollment information. When you visit your chosen school to register your child, bring the following documents: 

  • Proof of child’s age
  • Proof of current Chicago address 
  • Health forms, including physical examination, immunization, and dental

Chicago Early Learning lists types of documents accepted for preschool enrollment.  

Learn more about CPS health requirements for preschool students. 

For more information about the enrollment process for tuition-based preschool programs at elementary schools, contact your school.