Universal Prekindergarten Program


    Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) is a New York State funded program specifically designed for four-year-olds not eligible for kindergarten.
    UPK is a developmentally appropriate, learner-centered educational program to help four-year-olds develop physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically, culturally, and intellectually. The program has a strong emphasis on early literacy and early numeracy to help prepare children for kindergarten. 
    Basic eligibility requirements:
    • must be a Clarence School District resident
    • child must be 4 years old by December 1 of the school year
UPK Blocks
  • Contact information:
    Melissa Byrd
    Curriculum Department
    9625 Main Street
    Clarence NY 14031
  • 2020-21 School Year

    Open Placements:

    Our 20-21 Roster is full. If you wish to add your child to the waitlist, please complete this form.


    UPK will not have reduced hours, nor a hybrid or remote model. Masks will be required for students and distancing practices will be exercised whenever possible. Any further steps may be determined by the individual providers.

    For flexibility and to comply with social distancing practices, another staff member (such as an aide) can oversee students during learning centers in an alternate learning space so the lead teacher can provide primary instruction to students.


    2021-22 School Year

    The application and enrollment process for the new year will begin in March of 2021, with an open house (that may be virtual). The application will be available online for that entire month.