Universal Pre-K

  • Thank you for your interest in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program through the Orchard Park Central School District.  Although the UPK lottery was held in March you are still able to apply and be placed on the 2024-2025 wait list.  Registration for UPK is completed online.   Proof of Residency is required, please see the "Documentation Needed to Register" page for all the specific documents needed. 

    To begin the registration process, please click the link below.

    1. Click here to begin the online registration process.
    2. We will contact you via email with further directions on how to proceed.

    Central Registrar email:   registrar@opschools.org

    Central Registrar Address:
    Orchard Park Central School District
    2240 Southwestern Blvd.
    West Seneca, NY 14224

    Registration questions can be directed to the Central Registrar at (716) 209-6325 or registrar@opschools.org

    About UPK

    • The UPK program is limited to children who will be four years old on or by December 1st of the year when they start the program.  To qualify for UPK during the 2024-2025 school year, the child's birthday must fall between December 2, 2019 and December 1, 2020.  A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is NOT eligible for the UPK program. If you have elected to keep your child home for an extra year rather than enroll in school when eligible, he/she is not eligible for the UPK program.  Unfortunately, exceptions can not be made.  
    • The Orchard Park Central School District partners with local pre-school providers for this program.  UPK sites for the 2024-2025 school year are as follows: BrightPath Child Care, Eggert Elementary, Ellicott Elementary, Smarty Pants Childcare, South Davis Elementary, Southtowns YMCA, Wee Can Pre School & Childcare and Windom Elementary.   
    • For the 2024-2025 school year, we will offer a full-day UPK program.  The program is offered Monday - Friday.  
    • Some local pre-school providers may offer before/after school childcare for an additional fee.  Registering for the UPK program does not guarantee you wrap around care.  You have to register and submit payment directly with the wrap care provider once you have obtained a UPK placement.  There is NO before/after school care available at the district elementary schools.    
    • The program will follow the school district calendar, with an anticipated 180 days of student attendance.   

    Should you have any questions about the UPK program, please call Amy Woodward at (716) 209-6440 or email awoodward@opschools.org. Also, please feel click here to review our Frequently Asked Questions. 

     Pre-K students and teacher standing outside of a school