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 2021-2022 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. 

    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, 2021 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 registration will begin March 1, 2021. Please call Jill Morrish at 773-8818 for additional information. The registration deadline is Friday, May 14, 2021. 

    The UPK Provider Choice Lottery will be held May 17, 2021.

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    Grand Island Central School District held a provider choice lottery to determine enrollment for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program.

    An open meeting was 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 were welcome to attend. Notification letters and phone calls were 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 were also posted shortly after the drawing.

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