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UPK Lottery Draw Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Grand Island Central School District’s provider-choice lottery for its Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program. The lottery will be held on May 17 at 1 p.m., and interested families must reserve their spot in the lottery by May 14.

The UPK program runs two sites. In addition to the Charlotte Sidway Elementary School location, which runs a morning and afternoon session, the district is currently working with Kiddo's Korner Preschool. Kiddo's Korner Preschool, 2728 Stony Point Road, provides an afternoon session as the district’s community-based provider.

To register your eligible child for the UPK program and lottery draw, please go online to Once there, you will see a link to the UPK lottery application.

Upon completion of the UPK lottery draw in May, if your child secures placement, student registration must be completed in order to be fully enrolled. The enrollment packet can be found on the district website under the Student Registration section.

To be eligible for the UPK program, a child must be four years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2021. The child must also be considered a Grand Island resident.

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 incoming UPK students. Results of the lottery will also be posted on the district website after the drawing.

Additional information regarding the UPK program is available on the Grand Island Schools website under the Student Registration section. Please stay tuned to the website to be able to watch the lottery draw livestream.

If you have any questions, please contact the Curriculum Department at (716) 773-8818 or email