Chicago dept. of family & support services

children services division

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Children Services Division (CSD) is dedicated to strengthening the lives of Chicago Children, Families, and Communities.

We manage Chicago Early Learning (CEL) programs, including Head Start, Early Head Start, Preschool For All (PFA), and Prevention Initiative (PI) throughout Chicago particularly those most in need from birth to five years of age.

CSD Updates

Get the latest CSD-related news and updated resources here.

Chicago Early Learning Application Now Open!

There are plenty of no-cost or low-cost early childhood education options for every child from birth through 5 years old. Enroll today!

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My CHI. My Future.

Every young person in Chicago connects to a variety of rich, engaging, safe, and youth-centered out-of-school experiences that empower them to discover and cultivate their talents, passions, skills, and identities; develop as physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy members of society; build relationships and networks with peers and mentors; and explore multiple pathways to college, careers, trades, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning.

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Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Almost 15 million enrollees, including children, young adults, and other vulnerable populations, could be at risk of losing Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, though many may be eligible for other coverage options, including through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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content areas

Each Head Start content area is a building block that ensures the highest level of quality in every Head Start classroom across the city. Find the latest regulation updates, trainings, resources and more.

Safety Practices


Family & Community Engagement


Mental Health


Data Management




Program Management & Quality Improvement

Collaborative Governance