Pre-Kindergarten Information

Each year, RCS applies for grant funding from NYS to offer a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program for children who are at least 4, but not older than 5, by December 1st. See below for more information.

When funding is secured, information will be posted here about dates of registration, program details, and the lottery process. Updates are generally posted in January for the following school year.

Updates

  • Update from 4/26/22: The number of students registered for the pre-kindergarten program through the open enrollment period has NOT exceeded the cap of 36 students per building. There will NOT be a lottery for A.W. Becker or Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary Schools this year.

    There are still open spots in both buildings. If you have a child whose birth date falls between December 2, 2017, and December 1, 2018, they are eligible for our half-day Universal Pre-K program.  Visit this page for more information. Available spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Screening date and time information will be sent directly from students' respective school buildings.

  • Update from 03/24/2022: Please see a message regarding Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and Kindergarten Registration Update & Screening Dates here.

Eligibility

In order to attend the UPK program, children must:

  • be residents of the RCS school district

  • be at least 4, but not 5, by December 1st

  • complete all enrollment requirements, including immunizations

Grant funding limits our UPK enrollment to 36 students in each elementary building. If there are more applicants than spaces, a random lottery will be held to determine enrollment. Children who are not placed in the program initially will be placed on a waiting list and are will be contacted if space becomes available throughout the year. See "Lottery Process" below for more specific details.

According to NYS law, students who are 3 years old at the beginning of the school year may NOT be transported on a school bus, so parents will need to secure alternate transportation until the child’s 4th birthday.

Registration Process

Students applying for Pre-K will complete the same registration paperwork as other new students. See the New Student Registration page for more information.

Each student’s residential address will determine whether they register at Pieter B. Coeymans or A.W. Becker Elementary School.

The Community Fun Fairs for 2022 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back in 2023! To welcome new families to our district and expedite the enrollment process, each building hosts a Community Fun Fair in early January. Families are welcome to attend either school's Fun Fair, regardless of the building their child will attend. Attendance at the Fun Fair is not required for enrollment. These dates will also be considered the "start" of the UPK enrollment period for the following school year. Please do not submit Pre-K enrollment paperwork prior to these dates.

If attending a Fun Fair, please bring all of the documents required for registration (see New Student Registration page). Staff will be available to make copies of original documents if needed.

If you are unable to attend one of the Fun Fairs to complete the enrollment process, you may contact the Registrar at (518) 756-5200, ext. 6014 to make other arrangements.

Program Details

The following information reflects our planned model, but is subject to change at the district's discretion:

  • Children attend half-days, Monday through Friday.

  • Morning session: M-Th, 9:00-11:30 a.m.; F, 9:00-11:15 a.m.

  • Afternoon session: M-Th, 1:00-3:30 p.m.; F, 12:45-3:00 p.m.

  • Classes are limited to 18 students.

  • Each class has a teacher and a teaching assistant.

  • Children are assigned to the building that serves their home address.

Lottery Process

Update from 4/26/22: The number of students registered for the pre-kindergarten program through the open enrollment period has NOT exceeded the cap of 36 students per building. There will NOT be a lottery for A.W. Becker or Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary Schools this year.

There are still open spots in both buildings. If you have a child whose birth date falls between December 2, 2017, and December 1, 2018, they are eligible for our half-day Universal Pre-K program.  Visit this page for more information. Available spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open registration for UPK occurs between the first Community Fun Fair and the mid-April each year. If the number of students who have completed enrollment packets during that time exceeds the program capacity in either building, the district will hold a public lottery as mandated by the NYS Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grant.

You do not need to be present in order for your child to be selected in the lottery. All applicants will be notified of their enrollment status by mail during the week following the lottery.  

Children who are registered AFTER the end of open registration will not be included in the lottery. Instead, they will be enrolled in any remaining slots or placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Quick Reference

Eligible Ages for 2022-23:

Student must be born between 
12/2/2017 -12/1/2018.

Community Fun Fair Dates:

The Community Fun Fairs for 2022 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back in 2023!

See below for information about submitting documents.

Open Enrollment Dates:

February 22 - April 25, 2022

Registrations received after this period will NOT be included in the lottery and will be enrolled or placed on the waiting list on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Submitting Documents

Forms and document copies may be returned in the following ways:

• Fax: 518-756-4561 (Attn: Carol Eckl)
• Scan and email: registration@rcscsd.org
• Mail: Registrar, PO Box 100, Ravena, NY 12143
• Drop off at any school building office (Attn: Carol Eckl)

Please make sure any copies or digital files are clear and large enough to read and be printed.