VCSD Begins Accepting UPK Applications on May 1

To enhance early childhood education, Voorheesville Central School District will offer a Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program for the 2024-25 school year. The program will provide instruction to 4-year-old district children at no cost to families through a state-funded grant collaboration with the district. Classes will begin in early September. Children must be four years of age on or before December 1, 2024 in order to register. 

Secular (non-religious) UPK instruction will be located at the Christ the King Early Childhood Center, 20 Sumter Avenue, in Guilderland. VCSD chose the Center based on a competitive bidding process that ensures students will receive a program aligned to the district’s Pre-Kindergarten curriculum. The program meets all applicable New York State laws and regulations for the provision of a Universal Pre-Kindergarten. 

The VCSD program runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children may also be enrolled in morning and after-school care. While the UPK program itself is free, parents and guardians are responsible for any supplemental morning or after-school costs.

Placement is limited to 20 students and will be assigned through a lottery system if oversubscribed. If the application is selected, parents and guardians will be notified by June 14. Applications not initially selected will be placed on a waiting list and called when a space becomes available. Applications may be submitted beginning May 1, 2024.

Application and information available here.

Applications are due by May 31, 2024.