Tuition-Based Preschool 

Chicago Public Schools Tuition Based Preschool (TBP) offers families an affordable ten hour school-based educational program. 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:

  • Each application must be accompanied by a deposit check. For the 2018-19 and 2019-20 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.

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

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
Loop Office
42 W. Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Page Last Modified on Thursday, November 29, 2018