Tuition-Based Preschool 

Chicago Public Schools Tuition Based Preschool (TBP) offers families an affordable ten hour school-based educational program. (The program at Oscar Mayer Magnet School is a seven hour day.) This program is offered in a small number of elementary schools. There is a fixed tuition for all participating children.

Why Tuition Based Preschool?

The Tuition Based Preschool program provides:

  • Ten hour school day for a fixed tuition
  • High quality preschool experience
  • A standardized curriculum: Creative Curriculum Literacy Approach is used in all classrooms, providing a research-based structure to support student growth and learning
  • Operation is the length of the CPS school year
  • Enrichment activities and field trips

How to Apply

Step 1: Visit each school’s webpage to gain a better understanding of the school and its program.
Step 2: Download an application.

Step 3: Submit an application directly to the school(s) you are interested in. You may apply to multiple schools.

Please Note:

  • Tuition is due on the 20th for the upcoming month. On the 25th a $40 late fee is added. On the first of that new month an email and letter will be sent notifying the family that unless payment is received by the 15th of that new month the student will be removed. If the month is still unpaid by the 15th of that new month the child is removed. A child may return if there is space and all balances are paid. Any closed accounts with unpaid tuition will be turned over to a collection agency.
  • Once a placement is offered, a non-refundable deposit of $700 must be made to secure the spot. Deposits should be made through the Illinois E-Pay system. Acceptance in the program is not final until the deposit is received.
    Note: You will need your child’s CPS ID to complete the deposit process. The ID can be obtained from your child’s school.
  • This deposit is non-refundable. Once tuition billing begins the amount will be credited to the annual tuition balance.

2019-20 CPS Tuition Based Programs

  • Alcott
    2625 N. Orchard St.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-5460
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 7:30-5:30
  • Audubon
    3500 N. Hoyne Ave.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-5470
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 7:45-5:45
  • Disney II Magnet
    3815 N. Kedvale Ave.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-3750
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 8:00-6:00
  • Hamilton
    1650 W. Cornelia Ave.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-5484
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 7:30-5:30
  • Mayer
    2250 N. Clifton Ave.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-5535
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 8:30 to 3:30
  • Nettelhorst
    3252 N. Broadway
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-5810
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 7:30-5:30
  • Skinner West
    1260 W. Adams St.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-7790
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 7:30-5:45
  • South Loop
    1915 S. Federal St.
    Main Office Phone: (773) 534-8690
    Tuition-Based Preschool Hours: 8:00-6:00

Early Childhood Education Programs

Visit our main page and explore all of our early childhood education program options.

Questions or Concerns? Please e-mail us at or call (773) 553-2010.

Contact Information

Tuition-Based Office
42 W. Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Page Last Modified on Wednesday, May 27, 2020