August 7, 2009
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on UPK Program.
Who is eligible for UPK?
Every public school district in New York State is now eligible to obtain state funding for universal prekindergarten. Section 3602-e of Education Law defines an “eligible child” as a child who resides within a UPK participating school district and who is four-years of age on or before December 1st or otherwise eligible to attend kindergarten the following school year. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program. Two or more school districts may submit a joint application to operate a joint program.
Is participation in UPK mandatory for a school district?
No. UPK is a voluntary program for both school districts and children. Parents and/or guardians may choose, but are not required, to enroll their children in a UPK program.
Is participating guarantee for my kids at my school district?
No. UPK Classes are formed using budgets allocated to UPK. It is first come first serve basis.