Applications for Universal Pre-Kindergarten will begin being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year on December 1. In order to participate in the UPK program children must reside in the Orchard Park Central School District attendance area, and be four years old 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 is able to offer the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program through a grant provided by the New York State Education Department. This grant covers the cost of the program, but does not cover transportation. It is the responsibility of each family to transport their child to the Universal Pre-Kindergarten site.
There are a designated number of Universal Pre-Kindergarten spots available. If more apply than there are openings, there will be a “digital lottery” to determine who will be able to attend. Children are randomly selected for the program. Selection is not based on academic or economic need. All children are equally eligible for participation.
Families who apply for Orchard Park’s UPK program will be asked to provide their preschool site preference.
UPK applications are due by March 5, 2021. To begin the registration process please visit www.opschools.org/upk. For questions regarding the Universal Pre-K program please contact Amy Woodward at 209-6367, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the registration process, please call the Central Registrar at 209-6325.