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.

Cook County Health Walk-In Locations and Hours

Cook County Health is offering walk-in availability and appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs.

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Children Services Division 2019-2020 Annual Report

The city of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) manages a comprehensive human service delivery system to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable residents. DFSS coordinates programs and administers resources to children and families, unsheltered homeless residents, survivors of domestic violence, workforce development for ex-offenders, youth, veterans, and senior services. In the core area of children services, DFSS is dedicated to providing children across the city with access to high-quality early learning through a citywide school system model in community-based programs known as Chicago Early Learning (CEL).

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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