Universal Pre-K

  • Thank you for your interest in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program through the Orchard Park Central School District.

    The Orchard Park Central School District is pleased to announce we are re-opening UPK registration because there has been increased funding to support Universal Pre-Kindergarten in New York State.  The state has provided funding for a number of full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten spots in addition to the 100 half-day spots that were available originally.  The Orchard Park Central School District strives to maximize our grant funding opportunities, and to support families as much as possible. 

    If you are interested in either the half-day or full-day UPK program please visit www.opschools.org/upk to complete the registration process before May 21st.  Applications can be completed online this year in an effort to minimize person to person contact.   If you have already completed the application process you will receive an email with information about how to proceed.

    If you have questions about the UPK program please contact: Amy Woodward at 209-6367 or email her at awoodward@opschools.org

    Registration for UPK is completed online.   Proof of Residency is required, please see the   "Documentation Needed to Register"    page for ALL of 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

    About UPK

    • The UPK program is limited to children who will be four years old on or by December 1st of the year they start the program.  To qualify for UPK during the 2021-2022 school year the child's birthday must fall between 12-2-16 and 12-1-17.
    • The Orchard Park Central School District partners with local pre-school providers for this program.  Previous UPK partnerships have been: EduKids, YMCA, and Doodle Bugs. 
    • In the fall of 2019, we launched UPK classes on-site at Eggert Road Elementary School.  One morning class and one afternoon class of up to 18 students were offered at Eggert Elementary, allowing us to serve 36 children in all.  These classes are 2.5 hours in length.  We anticipate this change being beneficial to providing transitional support to children through increased Kindergarten readiness activities and collaboration with Kindergarten teachers.  Further, we anticipate increased collaboration with specialists to support our youngest learners with early interventions, such as occupational/physical therapists and speech therapists.
    • The program is a half-day program (2.5 hours daily).  Children will be selected to participate in either an AM or PM session.
    • Some sites may offer wrap around childcare for an additional fee. 
    • The program will follow the school district calendar, with an anticipated 180 days of student attendance.   
    • There is limited availability for the program based on grant-funding.  During the 20-21 school year, there were 100 slots available for children.  If more children apply than there are available slots, the district will hold a computerized random selection process (i.e. drawing names randomly in a lottery format).   
    • Families of multiples will have one application per family for the Orchard Park UPK program. If the family of multiples is drawn during the lottery, all children will be offered a UPK slot, except in the following case: The family of multiples is drawn when there are not enough remaining slots available for all eligible children (for example a family with twins is the 100th name drawn in the lottery).  In such situations, the family will have the opportunity to accept or decline the UPK slot. The remaining multiple(s) will be placed on the wait list for the next available UPK slot. It is understood that "first available" does not mean that multiples will be offered UPK slots at the same community based site.

    Should you have any questions, please call Amy Woodward at (716) 209-6367 or email her at awoodward@opschools.org. Also, please feel click here to review our Frequently Asked Questions. 

     Pre-K students and teacher standing outside of a school