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.

Head Start Can Help Your Family Access the Child Tax Credit Payments

The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit (CTC). As a result, most families, even those with little to-no income, can receive the full amount.

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Resources for Renters as State of Illinois Eviction Moratorium Ended

The State of Illinois’ moratorium on COVID-related evictions ended October 3 but renters still have options. For anyone worried about remaining in their home because of an inability to pay rent, the City of Chicago is reminding renters there are resources available to help them stay safely housed.

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Child Care Restoration Grant

Illinois has been awarded $331 million in financial aid to support child care through the latest federal relief package passed by the US Congress. The continuation of the Child Care Restoration Grants is designed to help sustain child care as the economy continues to reopen.

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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