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.

2021 Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship

The CSBG Scholarship Program offers financial aid ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for income-eligible residents of the City of Chicago who demonstrate academic achievement, career potential, and educational motivation.

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Hire Chicago

Hire Chicago is a five-week experience for Chicagoans who are looking for employment today and tomorrow, including a new career.

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Child Tax Credit & Child and Dependent Care Credit

Investing with Families is a year-long initiative from the Office of Head Start to help move Head Start Forward. It will focus on sharing important American Rescue Plan (ARP) benefits information with Head Start programs, staff, families, and communities.

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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