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Universal Prekindergarten

Do you have a child who will be four years old by December 1, 2019? If so, you may be interested in having your child considered for the District's free Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) program for four year olds.
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Universal Pre-kindergarten 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 program requirements?                      
UPK is a New York State grant funded program that is offered to parents free of charge.  As UPK students, children are considered new entrants to the Williamsville Central School District.  They must attend five days a week, 180 days, 2½ hours per day (either a morning or an afternoon session). Parents are responsible for the transportation of their children to and from UPK.

Parents must submit a note to their child’s teacher upon returning from an absence. There are expectations for regular attendance and prompt arrival and dismissal.  Additionally, students must meet NYS immunization and mandated health requirements.

Where is the UPK program located?                       
The Williamsville Central School District  collaborates with  area pre-schools and child care centers to provide UPK services. These sites will be indicated on the UPK Interest Form.

Is a whole day program available?                        
No. Williamsville’s UPK program is a half day, 2½ hour program. 

Who is eligible?                                                        
Resident children who will be four years of age by December 1, 2019 are eligible to be considered for the program. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is NOT eligible for the UPK program. If you have elected to keep your child home for an extra year rather than enroll in school when eligible, he/she cannot attend UPK if five years old.

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.  Currently, we have 201 students in the program.  A random lottery process is used when there are more eligible students than can be served in a given school year.  This lottery is typically held in April.

When will I be notified if my child was selected in the UPK lottery?                   

Our goal is to notify parents in June. 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 call the UPK Office at (716)626-8071 to speak to the UPK secretary, Mary Bengart.

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