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
  • 2019-20 School Year

    The application for the 2019 school year is available
    until March 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    • The lottery selection is Monday, April 1 at 9:00 am at the District Office.
    • You will receive lottery results via US mail by Friday, April 5.
    • Your response, if offered placement, is due by Thursday, April 18.


    2018-19 School Year

    If you have children who were eligible for Pre-k in the current school year and you wish to add them to our waitlist for the rest of the year, please email upk@clarenceschools.org with the following information. 

    Child Name:
    Parent/Guardian name(s):
    Best contact number: