What is Universal Pre-Kindergarten?
Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) is a developmentally appropriate, learner-centered educational program to help four-year olds develop physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically, culturally and intellectually. The program has a strong emphasis on early literacy and early numeracy aligned with the New York State Pre-K curriculum.
What are the key dates for the 2024-2025 school year?
December 1, 2024
February - March 2024
Are five-year olds eligible for UPK?
No, if your child will be five years old prior to the dates listed above, they are not eligible to participate in UPK.
How are students selected for the program?
The total number of students selected in any given year is predicated upon the availability of the New York State funding. If there are more applicants than available spaces, all names will be entered into a random lottery process. There are no guarantees that your preferred placement or time preference will be available based on the random lottery number assigned to your child. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list.
How do I apply to have my child in UPK?
Call the District registrar at 716-626-8001 and confirm that your four-year-old is included in the district census. Parents/guardians must do this even if they have other children in the Williamsville schools.
When will I be notified if my child was selected in the UPK lottery?
Our goal is to notify parents in May. However, if confirmation from the state regarding funding is delayed, notification and placement letters may also be delayed. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
For additional information, please contact the District Office at 716-626-8071 to speak to the UPK secretary.
What are the program requirements?
UPK is a New York State grant funded program that is offered to eligible resident children free of charge. As UPK students, children are considered new registered entrants to the Williamsville Central School District. They must attend five hours a day, five days a week to the assigned session for the 180-day school year. Additionally, students must meet NYS immunization and mandated health requirements.
Does the District provide transportation to and from UPK?
No, the District does not provide transportation for UPK students. Transportation to and from the program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are expectations for regular attendance and prompt arrival and dismissal. Attendance and arrivals are closely monitored and recorded.
Where is the UPK program located?
The Williamsville Central School District collaborates with community-based child care centers and District elementary schools to provide UPK services. The participating sites are indicated on the UPK Interest Form.