Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program within the Grand Island School District runs two UPK sites. In addition to our Charlotte Sidway Elementary School location, which runs a morning and afternoon session, we are currently working with Kiddo's Korner Preschool for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Kiddo's Korner Preschool, 2728 Stony Point Road, is currently providing an afternoon session as our community-based provider.
Our education centers provide an excellent program for four-year old preschool children within our community. Together, they service 43 children on the New York State Education Department approved pre-kindergarten curriculum. The program requires attendance five days per week, two hours and thirty minutes per day, and follows the Grand Island school calendar for student attendance days. UPK is a grant funded program which is dependent on state aid. The amount of aid extended to our District will be the determining factor on the number of students served.
Each spring, the District disseminates a letter to registered families with younger siblings, who are currently enrolled within our school district. The intent of this letter is to distribute preliminary information regarding our UPK Program.
If you are a new family to the district, or have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year, please contact the District Office at 773-8800 (ext. 0) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to set up an appointment for district registration. This will help to ensure your family will receive notices with regard to the UPK program.
A complete district enrollment packet must be submitted to apply for UPK
To be eligible for the UPK program a child must be four years of age on or before December 1, 2020 and a Grand Island resident. Half day sessions, five days per week are offered at Charlotte Sidway Elementary School (morning and afternoon) and also at our community provider (afternoon only).
UPK applications are available online or call Jill Morrish at 773-8818 for information. Appointments MUST be made in advance to register your chiId and will begin March 1, 2020. Please call 773-8800 extension "O" to schedule an appointment. The application deadline is Friday, May 15, 2020. The last appointment to register on this date will be 2 p.m. At your appointment, you will receive the UPK Provider Choice Lottery Form.
UPK Provider Choice Lottery to be Held May 19, 2020
Grand Island Central School District holds a provider choice lottery to determine enrollment for the 2020-2021 Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program.
An open meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. in the Grand Island High School Professional Development Room, 1100 Ransom Road, to announce the results of the UPK lottery. All interested parents are welcome to attend. Notification letters and phone calls will be made to parents in the weeks following the lottery to confirm the specific location and session assignments for the incoming UPK students. Results of the UPK Lottery will also be posted here shortly after the drawing.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: As you may be aware, all school districts in NYS are currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Here in Grand Island, we are revising our approach to registering new families for our Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program and lottery. Read more...