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Universal Prekindergarten

Do you have a child who will be four years old by December 1, 2020? 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 eligible resident children free of charge.  As UPK students, children are considered new entrants to the Williamsville Central School District.  They must attend 5 days a week,  2½ hours per day (either a morning or an afternoon session) for the 180-day school year. 

Transportation to and from the program is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. 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 preschools and child care centers to provide UPK services. The participating sites for the 2020-2021 school year 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, 2020 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.  If there are more applicants than available spaces, all names will be entered into a random lottery process. The lottery is typically held in April. The district cannot guarantee that a child will be selected to participate in the UPK program. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list. 


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 Office of Student Services at 716-626-8071 to speak to the UPK secretary.

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