Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)    

    The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program within the Grand Island Central School District will operate four UPK sites for the 2021-2022 school year. Charlotte Sidway Elementary School, Care-A-Lot Childcare Center, Inc., and Island Kids Child Care Center location's will provide a full-day program and Kiddo's Korner Preschool will provide a half-day program.  

    Our education centers provide an excellent program for four-year-old preschool children within our community. Together, they service 93 children on the New York State Education Department-approved pre-kindergarten curriculum. All programs require attendance five days per week and follow the Grand Island Central School academic calendar for student attendance days. UPK is a grant-funded program which is dependent upon 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 2021-22 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.

    UPK registration began on March 1, 2021 and ended May 14, 2021. To register for the lottery draw, please fill out the application.

    Please call Jill Morrish at 773-8818 for additional information.

    UPK Lottery

    The 2021-22 UPK Provider Choice Lottery was held May 17, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the District Office conference room, 1100 Ransom Road, to determine enrollment for the UPK program. You can access the livestream on the GITV AVTech YouTube channel.

    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. For the listing of the lottery draw results, you can view the PDF document.

UPK Related Files