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

    2021-22 School Year

    Change to Program/Lottery Postponed

    New York State has recently announced that a substantial increase in funding will be provided for Clarence CSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten. Due to this increase, the program will change to a 5-hour daily Universal Pre-Kindergarten experience for 135 children.

    We are working with our local providers to adapt to this change, and an updated application will be made available by the end of May.