Preschool at Brentano Elementary
A wonderful early learning program at your neighborhood public school
Who is eligible?
Children who are three or four years old on September 1, 2013 and reside in Chicago. Incoming students must be potty trained (unless they have an IEP).
When does PreK run? What are the hours each day?
There are two sessions each day. The morning session runs from 8:45 to 11:20 am and the afternoon session runs from 1:05 to 3:40 pm. You apply generically, then select the morning or afternoon program during school enrollment (after being admitted to the program).
What does PreK look like at Brentano?
Brentano’s preschool offers a beautiful, welcoming environment that is perfect for your child’s circle time, gross motor activities, small groups, center choice time, and story time. Two of Brentano’s four PreK sessions are blended, meaning the classroom is made up of a mix of general education kids and children with special needs. The goal of both classrooms is to prepare students for success and happiness in kindergarten and beyond.first school experience. Our excellent teachers follow a whole-child philosophy in developing our preschool program. We use a Preschool for All curriculum based around monthly themes including “family”, “farms”, and “nutrition”. Daily routines include whole-group
How do I apply?
Print online application: http://www.cps.edu/Schools/EarlyChildhood/Documents/EarlyChildhoodApplication_English.pdf or pick up an application at Brentano elementary.
You need to include the following documents with your application: proof of child’s age, proof of residency, and income verification (paystub and W-2 both work). You also need to include Brentano’s school code (609809).
Applications are due between April 3rd and May 3rd. Based on the CPS process, applications can be turned it any time at a few sites, but can only be turned in at Brentano on the morning of April 29th when an application representative is present. They can be turned in at Yates Elementary (1839 N Richmond St) between 8:30 and 3:30 any time during the enrollment period. A few Saturday sites are open on April 13, 20 and 27 from 8:30 to noon. Main office at 125 S. Clark is one of those sites. Full information on application sites can be found here: http://www.cps.edu/Schools/EarlyChildhood/Documents/FamilyApplicationBooklet.pdf
How much does Brentano PreK cost?
CPS is moving toward a sliding scale payment system for public PreK, though the cost for even the highest income tiers is less than private PreK programs. If you have a family of four and earn $50,000 a year, tuition is roughly $36 per month. If your family earns over $95,000 per year, tuition is ~$425 per month (~$425 a month is the max).
CPS has a calculator to determine your exact co-payment amount. You can find it here: http://www.cps.edu/readytolearn
Is admission guaranteed? When will I hear if I’m admitted?
We hope to be able to offer a spot to every child who wants to attend Brentano’s preschool. Depending on the volume of applications, this may or may not be possible (the application process allows parents to apply to three pre-schools). Offer letters will be mailed in early June and families can then register with the program that they get into through June 17th.
How do I know Brentano’s PreK is right for my child? How can I learn more?
Come to visit! The best way to learn about Brentano’s wonderful program is by visiting while it is in session, observing students and talking to teachers.
How to visit:
● Open house: Tuesday, April 16, we will be holding an open house from 8 to 8:40 am, meeting in Room 113. At the open house, parents will tour the school, see the classrooms, meet teachers and ask questions about the application process. Brentano is located at 2723 N. Fairfield (just north east of Logan and California).
● Contact: Jeff Einbinder at email@example.com or 773-534-4867 to set up a visit.
● Toddler playgroup: Brentano hosts a free playgroup for toddlers on Monday mornings from (10am to noon). Feel free to stop by anytime and we can give you a tour of the pre-K classrooms. You can contact Kate Kindleberger, a member of Brentano’s Local School Council, for further information: 773-414-5904.
Brentano School is Staying Open!We did it-- Brentano school is off the CPS closings list. Thanks to your support, our neighborhood will keep this wonderful, growing neighborhood school.
Thank you to the parents, grandparents, community members, activists, and Brentano alumni who knocked 1,000 doors in the January cold to gather signatures of support. Thank you to everyone who made speeches, marched, produced videos and wrote letters. Thank you most of all to the wonderful students and teachers of Brentano who each day have been working harder than they ever have in the classroom, even as they've given their nights and weekends to campaign for their school's future.
Brentano will stay open, but winning that battle is just the first step in defining Brentano's future. We have momentum now, and we're going to keep working together to grow our school and to build on the wonderful teaching and learning that binds theBrentano family together.
Please Join us at Friends of Brentano's New Weekly Play Group!
Brentano Baby/Toddler Playgroup (age 0-3)
Mondays, from 10am to noon
at Brentano Elementary
2723 N. Fairfield Ave
Multilingual Chicago and Friends of Brentano School are hosting a playdate at Brentano School!
Saturday November 3rd from 10:30 to 11:30am.
The kids will enjoy craft time, maraca making, games, music time, kid yoga, and story time.
Come and check out the school and meet other neighborhood moms and dads while the kids come down from their post-Halloween sugar high.
The event is free and is open to all, though the activities will be geared toward kids 2-6 years old.
Please enter from the main entrance, on the West side of the building.
RSVPs are not required, but are appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
You are cordially invited to join the "Friends of Brentano School". We will be meeting on the Second Monday of each month at 6:30 at the School.
Please come join the discussion on how we can bring the best possible opportunities to the Brentano Community.
Why might you consider becoming a friend of Brentano?
- You live in the Logan Square/Avondale community and believe in community-supported education
- You want to help bring the resources to Brentano that are needed to make it one of the best schools in Chicago
- Your children attend Brentano or you are considering Brentano as an option for your children
~Friends of Brentano
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