The New York State Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK) is a state- and district-funded program that provides educationally based, high-quality pre-kindergarten to four-year-old children. The program is free to all eligible accepted children. UPK provides developmentally appropriate activities to help four-year-olds prepare for Kindergarten. As our state’s school standards and expectations become more rigorous, making sure young children enter school with basic skills in place is critical for success. All UPK classes are taught by New York State certified teachers.
What activities are involved in the UPK program?
- Reading readiness and early literacy development
- Exposure to literature, both fiction and non-fiction
- Math skills
- Science lessons and discovery
- Social skills
- Self-help skills
- Large motor activities
- Fine motor activities
- Music, dance, library and art
Who is eligible for UPK?
Section 3602-e of Education Law defines an “eligible child” as a child who resides within a UPK-participating school district and who is four years of age on or before December 1 or otherwise eligible to attend Kindergarten the following school year. A child who is age-eligible to attend Kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program. Income eligibility is not a factor, and all families are encouraged to apply.
Where are the classes located and what are the hours of operation?
UPK follows the RCS school calendar and runs Monday through Friday. The program is located at A.W. Becker Elementary School and Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School.
The morning session runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. on Friday.
Our afternoon Pre-K students will start at 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. dismissal. On Fridays students will start at 12:45 p.m. and be dismissed at 3 p.m.
Bus transportation will be provided for Pre-K students both to and from school during the school year, contingent upon budget approval.