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
2021-22 School Year
New York State has recently announced that a substantial increase in funding will be provided for Clarence CSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten. At this time, specific programming requirements have not been released.
We are hopeful that these funds will expand educational opportunities for universal pre-kindergarten eligible students. We anticipate guidance will become available in the next two weeks. We will post all updated information to the District UPK website when it becomes available.