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UPK Program

Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) is a New York State-funded program specifically designed for children the year before they are 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 1st of the school year

Basic information:

  • UPK is a 180-day program that follows the District calendar 
  • Classes are either 2.5 or 5 hours a day (depending on placement)
  • Transportation and lunch are not currently provided
  • Attendance for UPK Program hours is at no cost to families 
  • Select centers offer “wrap-around” child care outside the UPK time at family expense (contact the providers for further details)
  • Students are randomly selected
  • Eligible students must be four years old by December 1 of the school year
Contact information:
 Melissa Byrd
Curriculum Department
9625 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031

2024-25 School Year

The lottery for the 2024-25 school year was held on April 9 and notifications were emailed that afternoon. If you have not received a notice, please contact

If you wish to add your child to the waitlist, please click here.