Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Welcome new families!

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UPK Registration for the 2022-23 School Year

If your son or daughter is a resident in the Glens Falls City School district and will be four years old by December 1, 2022, he or she is eligible to enter the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) class in September. This free, full-day (9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)school-year program is focused on teaching the fundamentals of literacy and beginning math—all in a creative and stimulating environment, and taught by highly qualified and caring educators.

Please note: Students that are age-eligible to enter traditional Kindergarten (5 years old by December 1, 2022), are not eligible for UPK. 

Glens Falls City Schools will continue to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19 and our ability to offer a UPK program in the 22/23 school year.  We will notify families of our ability to offer a UPK program as soon as possible.  Should we be able to offer a UPK program, transportation to and from the program is the parents’ responsibility. Students are assigned to a UPK class at either Jackson Heights or Big Cross Elementary school.

Entry into the UPK class is determined by lottery each spring. To the right, parents and guardians can find the registration form, health office requirements, and other paperwork to enter the lottery for UPK. All application forms are alsoavailable in the main offices at each school building. These completed forms, along with proof of residency, an immunization record and the child’s birth certificate, should be submitted to the District Office (15 Quade Street) by April 8, 2022. Families will be notified of the lottery results by May 10, 2022.

Questions can be directed to Trent Clay, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at 518-792-0107.

three students painting large pirces of paper with brightly-colored paint
Artists abound in UPK at Big Cross!

More about UPK

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a special program established by the New York State Education Department, which partners with local school districts to provide a preschool experience for the children of eligible families. Transportation to and from UPK is not provided.

The program starts each year in September, and spots are filled through a lottery process in the spring. We accept applications for children who will be four years old by December 1st of the current school year and live in the Glens Falls City School District.

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We welcome YOU to Universal Pre-Kindergarten at Glens Falls City Schools!