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 made out to "CPS Tuition Based Program" must be hand-delivered along with a copy of a parent/guardian state ID. For the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years the deposit amount is $700.
  • This deposit is non-refundable. At the time of a placement offer, the deposit check is cashed and the amount will be credited to the annual tuition balance. However, if a placement offer is not made, the deposited check will be returned.

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

CPS Tuition Based Programs

2625 N. Orchard
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 534-5460
Contact Person: Mary Cortes, Clerk

3500 N. Hoyne
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 534-5470
Contact Person: Meghan Duffy, Principal or Eva Glascott, Clerk

1630 W. Barry
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5475
Contact Person: Blanca Fernandez, Clerk

1621 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 534-4090
Contact Person: Cynthia Romero, Clerk

4140 N. Marine Dr.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 534-5840
Contact Person: Abbie Meyers, Assistant Principal

3815 N. Kedvale
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 534-3750
Contact Person: Elizabeth Murphy, Clerk

1650 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5484
Contact Person:: Amy Vondra, Principal

3252 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5810
Zio Perez, Teacher

4332 N. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 534-5525
Contact Person: Theresa Bermudez, Clerk

1260 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 534-7790
Contact Person: Vicki Dixon, Clerk

1915 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616

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 Friday, March 06, 2020