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


    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.