Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)

  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)    

    The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program within the Grand Island Central School District runs two UPK sites. In addition to our Charlotte Sidway Elementary School location, which will run a full-day session in the 2021-2022 academic school year, we are currently working with Kiddo's Korner Preschool for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. 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 Charlotte Sidway program requires attendance five full days per week and follows the Grand Island school calendar for student attendance days and Kiddos Korner will be five 2.5-hour days per week. 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 2021-22 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